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Learn more about the FUSION PRIZE

Culture Mile and Foundation for Future London have partnered on the FUSION PRIZE, a new competition - with a £50,000 prize fund.

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

The Pattern  were announced as winners of the inaugural Fusion  Prize during a virtual ceremony on Thursday 29 October 2020.

Created by Nate Agbetu and Ayo Fagbemi, 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 first cohort to take part in The Pattern will be made up of four groups who will be mentored through a curriculum which focuses on four main practices: Research, Ideation, Curation and Production. Participants will be guided through various stages of cultural production, introducing them to research methodologies, interview techniques, idea formation, story development, budgeting, and negotiating. Following this, each group will be granted £5,000 each to bring their projects to life in partnership with some of Culture Mile’s core partners.

To find out more about The Pattern and to apply for a place on their first incubator scheme, visit Applications are open until Monday 25th January.


Six finalists were chosen for the inaugural Fusion Prize. All six projects were awarded £1,000 seed funding to develop their proposal further over the last few months. The winner has been awarded £50,000 to pilot their proposal.

Find out more about the six finalist projects below.

Applications have now closed.

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?

The Pattern announced as FUSION PRIZE winners.

Find out more about the winning project

Register your interest

Enter your details below to register your interest in future FUSION PRIZE competitions and to receive more information by email.

To collaborate with any of the finalists, email


Useful reading

Guidance on IP

Panel biographies

Judging criteria

Eligibility criteria

Culture Mile is a new home for contemporary culture in the ancient heart of London’s working capital.

The City of London Corporation, together with the Barbican, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra and the Museum of London, are bringing the area to life with imaginative collaborations and exciting events.

The Culture Mile core partners