Josh Berry receives 15th Adrian Carruthers Studio Award
Josh Berry has been selected for the 2016/17 Adrian Carruthers Studio Award. Acme’s longest-running graduate award, established in memory of former Slade School of Art and Acme tenant Adrian Carruthers, provides practical and developmental support to talented artists at the beginning of their careers.
Speaking about his award Josh said: “I feel like I’ve been gifted a rare opportunity and I am very grateful for it. These past two years at the Slade have been intense and productive ones. I’m looking forward to some time to settle down and refine what I have begun to develop.”
Six graduates are nominated by senior tutors with the recipient selected this year by artist Jane Bustin. Speaking about the decision to select Josh, Jane said: "Josh seemed an extremely instinctive artist, there was a sense of compulsion about the making of the work. The management and relationship between materials and overall aesthetic was beautiful. There was a passion and sensitivity imbedded within the work which was intriguing and illuminating in its choice of materials. I had known Adrian as a student at Portsmouth Polytechnic. He was a deeply committed, passionate, generous and inspirational artist whose work was instinctive, thoughtful, playful and ambitious. I felt sure that Josh was the artist that Adrian would have found interesting and seek to encourage and I feel sure that Josh will value, appreciate and make use of this coming year."
Established in 2002 and financially supported by friends, family and Acme the Adrian Carruthers Studio Award was Acme’s first award dedicated specifically to a recent graduate and forms part of Acme’s Residency & Awards Programme. Josh receives a 12-month rent-free studio and £7,000 bursary. He will work alongside other graduate award holders in a community of peers to encourage mutual support and will also receive mentoring from curators, artists and other arts industry professionals.
Recognising the significant financial and practical challenges faced by recent art graduates in continuing their practice independently, Acme has worked with a range of universities and art colleges to develop a range of graduate awards. These aim to provide the space, time and finance needed to support their continuing practice. Acme's programme will support 27 recent graduate artists this year.
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