Announcement: FutureFest Art Prize shortlist

Nesta and Sedition are delighted to announce the shortlist selected for the inaugural FutureFest Art Prize. Having received over 270 submissions from around the world, twelve artworks have been selected to be showcased at FutureFest 2016.

Taking place at London’s Tobacco Dock, 17-18 September, the weekend festival brings to life the groundbreaking trends and technology which will shape our world 30 years from now. The event is programmed around four themes - love, work, thrive and play - and curated by visionary experts.

The final four winners of the Art Prize will be decided by a live audience vote at the event. Each winner will be awarded a £500 cash prize and will have their work launched on Sedition and promoted to an international audience of art and digital enthusiasts and collectors. The shortlisted artworks are:

Future Love

Future Work

Future Play

Future Thrive

Submissions were reviewed by a panel of esteemed, high-profile, and influential judges - including Claudia Hart, artist, curator and Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Tom Berman, artist and engineer, DJ Spooky, experimental musician and author, and FIELD, a creative studio combining art and technology. The four FutureFest 2016 curators – Ghislaine Boddington, Co-founder and Creative Director of body>data>space, Ruth Amos, Managing Director of StairSteady Ltd, Pat Kane, writer, musician and consultant and Dr Morgaine Gaye, Director of Bellwether: Food Trends – also judged the entries.

Geoff Mulgan, CEO of Nesta, Josh McNorton, Festival Manager of FutureFest and Rory Blain, Director of Sedition, and Ashley Wong, Head of Programmes and Operations at Sedition, also contributed to the judging process.

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Image: Blind Robot by Louis Philippe Demers at FutureFest 2015

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