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Ruby Wroe selected for inaugural Jonathan Harvey Studio Award

26.07.2016

The Jonathan Harvey Studio Award is a new graduate award set up in partnership with the Tomart Foundation.

Ruby Wroe who graduated in BA Photography from Camberwell College of Art has been selected as the inaugural recipient. Her work uses the body as a sponge of social relations to explore what is conventionally edited out of art to make work that resists classification and commodification. Speaking about her award Ruby said: "I am so pleased to be the first recipient of the Jonathan Harvey Studio Award. It will enable me to have the time and space to focus on developing my artistic practice. The studio will mean I can continue to be in dialogue with other graduates about our research and ideas."

Ruby was selected by a panel including artist Clare Price who said: "It was a very difficult decision for the panel as the standard of the applications was exceptionally high. Ruby's vigour and enthusiasm, both personally and in her practice was impressive. Her intentions with the work are both critically and socially engaged, with a sense that intriguing connections would occur, both with other artists and with her environment. We are excited to see what she does with this opportunity."

Jonathan Harvey co-founded Acme Studios with David Panton in 1972. As a fine art graduate he keenly understood the needs of artists and Acme has been responsible for some of the most pioneering schemes in enabling artists and fine art graduates to continue their practice in the capital. Jonathan retired as Acme’s Chief Executive at the beginning of 2016 and it is fitting that this award, aimed at graduates as part of Acme’s wider Residency & Awards Programme continues that legacy into the future. The Tomart Foundation, is a fledgling foundation supporting the creative arts sector and in particular those who may face additional challenges due to economic hardship at an early stage in their careers. The award provides the selected artist with a 12 month rent-free studio, bursary and mentor/artist visits.

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