Year

2018

Summary

Futures is a photography platform that pools the resources and talent programmes of leading photography institutions across Europe in order to increase the capacity, mobility and visibility of its selected artists.

Lead Partner

Vandejong, Netherlands

Co-Partner(s)
  • PhotoIreland, Dublin (Ireland) 
  • FOMU Foto Museum (Belgium)
  • CAMERA: Centro Italiano per la Fotografia (Italy)
  • Hyères Photography Festival (France)
  • British Journal of Photography (UK)
  • PhotoESpaña (Spain)
  • Fotofestiwal Lodz (Poland)
  • Photo Romania Festival (Romania)
  • Triennial of Photography Hamburg (Germany)
  • Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Centre (Hungary)
  • The Calvert Journal (UK)
Funding Strand

European Platforms

Community Grant

€474,763

Description

Futures is a photography platform that pools the resources and talent programmes of leading photography institutions across Europe in order to increase the capacity, mobility and visibility of its selected artists.

By bringing together a wealth of resources and curatorial expertise, each talent selected by the Futures members gains access to an unprecedented network of professionals, markets and audiences.

The platform aims to stimulate the photographic economy from the bottom up by expanding the market. These members are prominent institution operating in the field and have a great impact and influence in the world of photography.

Testimonial from Irish Partner

Led by Dutch agency Vandejong, Futures approach to programming was informed by their own successful cultural branding projects such as Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam (FOAM), Unseen Fair, and Amsterdam Light Festival. Through a constant collaboration, together with the partners we have developed a strong series of activities aimed at supporting the career development of European artists, capitalising on Unseen Fair as a professional meeting point, while also celebrating talent locally. The project was improved every year thanks to the partners’ and participants' feedback, and has consolidated new forms of online professional support that became essential during the COVID19 crisis.

PhotoIreland has grown in ambition thanks to this platform and was never shy of contributing with extra programming or events to it, proactively furthering the opportunities generated. Such was the case of Unseen 2018, when we presented our mobile library to Amsterdam audiences and promoted many more Irish artists than what the platform listed that year. It is expected that Futures will continue beyond the four years with new partners and a renewed energy and focus.’ 

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