Fusion Prize

A new competition with a £50,000 prize to find innovative ways to upskill future generations

In 2019, Culture Mile and Foundation for Future London launched the Fusion Prize, a new competition with a £50,000 prize fund to find innovative ways to upskill future generations, empowering them to meet the demands of today’s employers.

The Fusion Prize invites schools, universities, charities, businesses and others to work together and pitch ideas for innovative programmes or products designed to develop the creative, communication, organisational and thinking skills of London’s children or young people through cultural experiences.

The Pattern team was announced as winner of the inaugural Fusion Prize, during a virtual ceremony on Thursday 29 October 2020.

Culture Mile and the Foundation for Future London believe that engaging young people with creative and cultural activities can help them develop what we call ‘fusion skills’. We believe, and our research demonstrates, that fusion skills are becoming increasingly critical skills to apply in the 21st century workplace.

The Pattern 2021 curriculum and incubator

Fusion Prize winner Play Nice is recruiting its first cohort of Londoners aged 18-25 for the Pattern, a ground-breaking curriculum in cultural production for future community leaders and curators.

Created by Nate Agbetu and Ayo Fagbemi of award-winning London based initiative Play Nice, The Pattern is an incubator scheme and curriculum designed to give future community leaders, cultural producers and aspiring creatives from underrepresented groups the tools and infrastructure they need to develop community projects.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 28 January 2021 at 6pm.

Read more about The Pattern


Six finalists were chosen for the inaugural Fusion Prize. All six projects were awarded £1,000 seed funding to develop their proposal further during 2020. Find out more about the six finalist projects.

The winner Play Nice was awarded £50,000 to pilot their proposal. Find out more about the winning project.

Proposals responded to the following challenge statement:

“What new ideas can demonstrate how engagement with creativity and culture can help young Londoners develop the skills they need for the 21st century workplace?”

Applications have now closed.


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