Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, the European Photography Platform Futures is a project initiated by Vandejong with a focus on emerging photography talents in Europe. Since 2017, the platform offers a full programme to increase the capacity, mobility and visibility to artists selected every year by art institutions across Europe.
Insight & strategy
Emerging artists distinguish themselves by taking risks. They explore new ways of visualising ideas from fresh and diverse perspectives. However, from a commercial point of view, these works are not always easy to sell. And this is why these artists need a strong support system and access to a wider audience. With Futures, we offer them this kick-off.
Futures stimulates the photographic economy from the bottom up by enforcing the professional skills of the artists, by growing their network as well as their audience. Futures pools the resources and talent programmes from 12 leading art institutions across Europe* to select a group of artists every year. These organisations, authorities in the field with a great impact and influence in the world of photography, are our founding members. For the artists, this means that being selected by the Futures members serves as a proof of quality of their work and thus increases their commercial opportunities.
* Nowadays, Futures consists of the following members: British Journal of Photography (UK), The Calvert Journal (UK), CAMERA (IT), Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center (HU), FOMU (BE), Hyères Festival (FR), Fotofestiwal Lodz (PL), PHotoESPAÑa (SP), PhotoIreland (IE), Photo Romania Festival (RO), Triennial of Photography Hamburg (DE), Eurokleis (IT) and the Unseen Foundation (NL).
Result & impact
Every year, Futures organises a series of events across Europe within each of its member’s countries. All artists are also brought together yearly at Futures’ main event in Amsterdam. During this programme, Futures offers workshops, portfolio reviews, coaching sessions, exhibitions and more to the selected artists, with the aim to connect them to galleries, curators, new audiences and buyers. This way we set up a knowledge base to help artists run their business.
- Over 120 artists already participated within the Futures programme
- The platform participates and supports local events in different European countries
- During its main event in Amsterdam, the platform connects artists with a large number of art professionals through different activities, such as portfolio reviews, meeting and talks