Creative States’ Future Field Prize is a juried annual award that recognizes a transformative piece of art, architecture or design whose vision for the future uplifts, emboldens and engages us to sow the seeds for the world we want to create.

Sitting at the intersection of art and society, this international award supports speculative projects that are deeply compelling and provocative, inviting people from all backgrounds to collectively envision a world to reach for rather than avoid. We award imaginative ideas, experiences, interventions or artefacts that stimulate new kinds of conversations and explore bold new possibilities - be they emotional, environmental, physical or political. We hope the prize will draw attention to a diverse field of talented creatives who can help us all perceive desirable states and imaginable futures.

The Prize Includes

$20,000 to fund future work
Website and attendant prize publicity
‘Creative Takes’ short documentary profile of winner, their work, creative process and inspirations

Eligibility Criteria

Open to projects from the disciplines of art, design and architecture, the Future Field Prize celebrates work that exhibit the following qualities:

Speculative: The work is imaginative, experimental and future-seeking; buoyed by possibility yet tethered to reality.
Aspirational: Taking present-day challenges as the starting point for critically exploring more desirable futures, the work emerges from a desire to chart pathways toward a better tomorrow.
Embodied: The work uses the language of the arts to ground complex issues in our everyday experience in tangible, relatable, and playful ways that move us by tapping into our senses and emotions.
Generative: The work seeks inventive, viable and impactful approaches that inspire us to live together with greater dignity and beauty.
Engaging: The work actively solicits input or collaboration from other disciplines and the greater public to invite open-minded discussion in creating their future.

Selection Process

Guided by the current theme, Creative States selects a committee of five experts from a variety of fields to nominate, review and select the Future Field Prize winner. Meet our current jury.

Nominate or Apply

Creative States aspires to grow a global creative community engaged in imagining collective futures. We are always seeking to widen our network and actively encourage creatives of all kinds and backgrounds who feel their work meets our selection criteria to apply for consideration. The public is equally welcome to submit names for consideration. Please follow our application / nomination process below.


September 15: Annual prize theme and jury announced
December 15: Nomination and submission deadline
February 15: Finalists announced
March 15: Winner announced
June 15: Creative Takes video launch

PriZE Application

Application / Nomination Process

To apply for the Future Field Award 2017, please complete the form below.

We are interested in you and your ideas, not your ability to write applications. If you have any questions about the application, or if you feel there is a medium of application that would better convey your idea and approach than our online form, please get in touch.

All submissions will be carefully considered by Creative States and a shortlist of finalists will be announced February 15, 2017. If shortlisted, the image and text provided in your cover sheet will be made publicly available online to encourage public response and debate. The comments will be reviewed in the final judging process but will not constitute a vote.

Winners will be expected to participate in events and discussions with the public, peers and partners, as well as in media and communication around the Prize.


Application / Nomination Form

Deadline: Please submit forms by 6pm (EST), December 15, 2016.

Please give consideration to the fact that we will be unable to dedicate more than half an hour to the shortlisting assessment of each submission. Please also note we will not be able to return any parts of your application so please do not submit anything that you would not wish to part with.

Name of Main Contact *
Name of Main Contact
Contact Telephone (incl. International Code) *
Contact Telephone (incl. International Code)
If you are nominating someone, please share how you became aware of the individual and their work.
This should be a clear and concise summary of your project aimed at a general audience. Project summary (Max 200 words)
Acceptable file types: doc, docx, pages, pdf, txt, gif, jpg, jpeg, png Maximum file size: 2MB Please note: if you reach the shortlist stage, this image will be used to represent your project on our website.
Detailed description (max. 1000 words)
Acceptable file types: doc, docx, pages, pdf, txt, gif, jpg, jpeg, png