Kim Fielding Award 2016



DEADLINE: 23:59 GMT 31st March, 2016

Now entering its second year, the Kim Fielding Award (KFA) is excited to be launching this call for submissions to its annual award. As with last year we aim to support artists and creative people to produce and present ambitious and fiercely original new work and projects.


The purpose of the Kim Fielding Award is to encourage, challenge and support creative practitioners to deepen and extend their practice through experimentation, innovation and transformation. The Award provides financial and artistic support and critical engagement, for the Awardee/s to advance their artistic and professional development over a period of three months (anticipated to be July – September 2016). This will involve, in part, the production of an exhibition, event or publicly accessible activity in Cardiff, Wales, that embraces the bold, provocative and generous spirit of the creative community Kim fostered.

The Award includes an all-inclusive budget of up to £5,000 for artist fees and production of the project. The KFA does not have a building of its own, but has strong relationships with organisations and individuals in Cardiff, and is keen to work with them to help deliver the awarded project.

The Kim Fielding Award is not only a monetary award, but an invitation into a relationship. The KFA is not a commissioning or producing body, or a residency scheme, but is made up a membership of 25 individuals with a wealth of experience across the arts. Where appropriate and possible, members will endeavour to help facilitate and promote Award activity, but the KFA expects the Awardee to take prime responsibility for managing their own project.


Application to the Award is free, by open submission to the Kim Fielding Award, via the process outlined below. If you have any questions please contact us at


The Award is open to creative individuals and groups at any stage of their career, based solely within the United Kingdom. Applicants do not need to possess a degree in a creative subject but must be able to demonstrate a track record of creative activity. If the proposal involves more than one artist then only one application should be submitted. Applicants must be over 18.


Kim Fielding was a prolific artist, curator and self-styled ‘instictator’. His vision and passion for artistic risk- taking and experimentation created platforms for artists to extend their practice in the company of like-minded individuals, and to stimulate, unsettle and inspire audiences around the world. Following his untimely death in 2014, the Kim Fielding Award was founded by a group of friends and colleagues to continue his spirit of creative innovation and collaboration. It is established as a small charity, with a board of trustees and an expanding membership of people from numerous creative spheres at all levels of their artistic careers. The charity is funded by public donations through crowd funding campaigns and events.

Artist-led and avant-garde, the KFA provides a safety net for risk-taking and a springboard for unbridled passion. Its ethos is founded on the generosity, dialogue, and vitality of creative communities. It is inspired by artistic and cultural undergrounds and it doesn’t bow to convention.

For further information and to download the submission guidelines please visit the website:

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