News and Awards

Since making its first two grants in 2013, the ABF has made awards to six more artists. They work in very varied media, ranging from steel through to digital media and traditional oils. A large number of applications were received for the current round and the results of these will be announced during the Summer.

Seeking new Trustees

The Artists’ Benevolent Fund is seeking new trustees. We are looking for people with the experience and skills needed for the charity to fulfil its current objectives and to deliver the ambitious plans for the future as we develop our grants programme. Read more

Keef Winter

Keef Winter creates sculpture and installations in an extraordinary range of materials. In May 2015 he is putting on a solo exhibition at the House of St Barnabas in Soho. ‘It is an exclusive members club that houses rotating curated shows throughout the beautiful Victorian complex’. Keef is making two very large new sculptures for […] Read more

Laura Spark

After completing a degree in Drama, Laura began to explore different ways of telling stories. She was attracted to stop-motion animation techniques and has now established herself successfully in this field. The ABF award has helped her replace and update her camera and equipment allowing her to produce work of a high technical standard. […] Read more

Tristram Aver

Tristram is an artist and curator working in the East Midlands. He uses innovative painting and installation techniques to explore late Eighteenth/early Nineteenth century references to ‘Britishness’ as found in landscapes, animal portraits, pastoral scenes and wallpaper designs. His images bring these icons into contact with the present – a world saturated by advertising slogans, […] Read more

Michael Forbes

A fine art photographer for over 10 years, Michael is inspired to make art which explores his personal and cultural experience as an African Caribbean man. ‘Souls of the Diaspora’ is a photo documentary project on teenagers – their interactions, peer pressure, fashion and their bodies. It is a good example of the themes that […] Read more

Nicholas Bush

Using traditional media to create large scale oil paintings, Nicholas works from his immediate surroundings. He makes sketchbook drawings and notes of the East Sussex landscape through direct observation and memory. Read more

Carwyn Evans

Carwyn’s practice ranges over mixed media, photography and installation. Rooted in his personal and cultural experiences, the work reaches out to broader social and political change. Much of his work focuses on generational migration from rural to urban environments and the impact this has on the individual lives of these ‘internal emigres’. Read more

First Awards

First Awards

The Trustees made the first Awards in the Summer of 2013. The successful artists were Chris Jennings and George Hardy. They are at very different stages of their careers and their work could hardly be more dis-similar. Read more

Chris Jennings

Chris Jennings is a painter who has also worked in many different media: photography; film and three-dimensional media. The relationship between two- and three-dimensional work has been of key importance to his practice. Read more

George Hardy

George Hardy has been drawing since he was old enough to pick up a pencil ! He began by drawing people, cartoons and dinosaurs. Following study at the University of Lincoln and work in galleries and as an assistant to a sculptor, he continues to draw people, cartoons and dinosaurs. Read more