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'Artist Flings Himself at the Gallery Wall' by Aaron Williamson. Club Row, London, 31st October 2008
'Artist Flings Himself at the Gallery Wall' by Aaron Williamson. Club Row, London, 31st October 2008

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Bo Choy selected for student-initiated Chelsea BA Studio Award


Bo Choy has been selected as the eighth recipient of the Chelsea BA Studio Award. The award is funded by the Chelsea Arts Club Trust and Acme as part of Acme’s Residency & Awards Programme.

Speaking about the selection, panel member and artist Briony Anderson said: "Bo’s work stood out for me in its approach to ideas around the unreliability of memory and the complexities of recollection. Her narration, part fiction, part personal, but stemming from real events, was woven through video, hand-drawn animation, objects and performance; all the strands of her work impressively bound together in a sensitive and compelling way. I am intrigued to see how this work develops in the studio over the coming year."

Bo will receive a 12-month rent-free Acme studio, a bursary of £5,000 and professional mentoring throughout the year.

Bo said of receiving the award: "Having a studio space will be hugely beneficial as I’ll be able to use the space for making objects, for films or performances, and for hand-drawn animation. I believe that having an ongoing dialogue with other practitioners is hugely important in the development of an artist’s practice. Sharing with other graduates is an exciting part of the award, not least because this aspect of studio-sharing and work environment will be greatly missed after graduation."

The Chelsea BA Studio Award was initiated by students at the college in 2009 and candidates are shortlisted from final year BA Fine Art students by the student body. The award is located in Acme’s Warton House studios in Stratford in a purpose-built studio designed to naturally promote peer support. Bo will work alongside seven other recent Acme graduate award holders.

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