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Wherewithal at PEER

15.09.2016

Wherewithal is a showcase exhibition that brings together four diverse artists as they complete a year-long Acme programme for recent graduates. This year’s awardees, Alison Ballance, Rutie Borthwick, Hugo Brazão and Harriet Foyster have all made new work to exhibit at PEER's newly refurbished gallery spaces.

Forming part of Acme’s Residency & Awards Programme, each year graduates from leading art colleges across London receive a rent-free studio for one year, a bursary and programme of studio visits from professional artists, curators and supporters. The awards aim to provide these emerging artists with the time, space, financial support and opportunities necessary to begin building their career. Equally valuable is a sense of support and encouragement to continue practising. The awards offer an extraordinary network of peer support and discourse with professional artists and curators. Mentors who have taken part in this year’s programme include Gill Addison, Aaron Angell, Louise Chignac, Eileen Daly, Jeremy Akerman, Graham Ellard, Stephen Johnstone, Sarah Jury, Christina Mackie, Sally O’Reilly, Katrina Palmer, Lisa Panting, Lindsey Seers and Sophie Williamson.

The awards operate in partnership with Central Saint Martins (Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award), Chelsea College of Arts (Chelsea BA Studio Award), Goldsmiths (Goldsmiths MFA Studio Award) and Slade School of Art (Adrian Carruthers Studio Award).

Acme’s partnership with PEER provides the artists a rare opportunity to exhibit at an internationally renowned gallery and to benefit also from the generosity and experience of Director and curator Ingrid Swenson.

Previous recipient of the Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award, Emma Corrall said of the studio award, "The shared studio physically allowed me to push around ideas and build on the ambition and scale of my project. The bursary allowed me to invest more into the processes I employ within my practice. Sincere and invested tutorials were set up with practicing artists and curators which helped me to pursue a more vigorous consideration of a public realm of reception for my work. The award was set up as the result of the collective spirit of a lot of talented and busy individuals and I hope this invaluable and supportive spirit continues to run."

For more information about Wherewithal, please visit the PEER website (http://www.peeruk.org/forthcoming/).

Group show - 28 September to 15 October 2016
Open Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 6pm and by appointment
PEER
97 – 99 Hoxton Street
London
N1 6QL
Private View: Tuesday 27 September 6 to 8pm

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