NEWS: Photofusion wins two major grant awards

Photofusion is delighted to announce that we’ve received two major awards of nearly £200,000 from two UK funding bodies.

Arts Council England (ACE) has awarded over £95,600 from its Grants for the Arts fund and Children in Need has awarded over £99,000. The money will enable Photofusion to deliver two new initiatives: Future Focus, a one-year professional development programme for early career photographers and Healthy Relationships, a three-year project for young offenders. This builds on the organisation’s extensive experience and highly respected history of delivering creative, professional training and successful community arts programmes.

Future Focus will enable 100 photographic artists to benefit from two progressive workshop programmes led by industry experts alongside mentoring by well established photographic practitioners including Tom Hunter, Gina Glover and Simon Roberts. This complements Photofusion’s New Creative Markets programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, in collaboration with Space, Four Corners and Cockpit Arts. Future Focus will also include a new Participatory Arts training programme, led by our dynamic community department with guest tutors and representatives from Photofusion’s Youth Panel for photographers interested in the theory and practice of participatory arts alongside working with local communities.

Children in Need’s grant of £99,121 will support young offenders to explore healthy relationships using photography and group work over a period of three years. Alongside increasing self esteem, improving emotional resilience and insight into a repertoire of human behaviours, the project will result in participants receiving a recognized photographic qualification.

Photofusion has built an impressive portfolio of community projects supported by large and small scale grants over the past 15 years including establishing the Organised Youth group whose British Black Panther exhibition, film and book project was a feature on Radio 4, alongside receiving national media coverage.

Black Panther Exhibition

Julia Martin, Photofusion’s director says:

“It’s fantastic that our strong track record and the team’s hard work has been recognised. We’re particularly proud to win these two major awards at a time when arts funding is being cut in so many other areas. We look forward to continuing to support emerging artistic talent, as well as using photography to help give young people a second chance in life.”

Contact details

For media enquiries, please contact Lucy Goodwin on 020 7738 5774 or [email protected]

If you are a photographic artist interested in participating in the Future Focus programme, please contact Heather Agyepong on [email protected]

For further information about our community programmes, please contact Lizzy King on [email protected]