Future Proofing bursary recipient: Aislinn Evans

We are delighted to announce that Aislinn Evans has been awarded the 2020 Future Proofing bursary.

When did socially-engaged art lose touch with socialism, and how do we make participatory art radical again? – Aislinn Evans

To mark the end of our 20th anniversary in 2019, we wanted to look forward and invest in the next 20 years and the next generation of artists by offering a bursary of £2,000 to an artist aged 25 or under to imagine the future they’d like to see, how their practice could shape it, and what they need to do that.

Following an open call for proposals in November 2019, LADA received 64 applications for the bursary.

Aislinn will host workshops led by artists, activists and representatives from the UVW (United Voices of the World) who will work together to devise a new strategy for revolutionary social practice. Tackling questions of ethics, institutions, and hierarchies, they will create a collaborative manifesto-in-progress for how we all might resist capitalist recuperation in our practices.


Aislinn Evans is an interdisciplinary artist using print, performance, and participation to explore the intersections of working-class queerness. Their work interrogates the class status of fine art disciplines and embraces the radically lowbrow. Aislinn reclaims archetypal narratives and retells, reframes, reimagines the role of the outsider. With a background in slam poetry, games, and comics, Aislinn is interested in the ways ‘low’ culture can make complex ideas culturally accessible – and fun!

Banner image credit:

Aislinn Evans at Barbican’s 'Change Makers', the Broadway, 2018.

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