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Kristaps Ancans receives Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award 2016
Kristaps Ancans at the Central Saint Martins degree show. Photo: Hannah Corbett for Acme (2016)
Kristaps Ancans at the Central Saint Martins degree show. Photo: Hannah Corbett for Acme (2016)

Central Saint Martins’ MA Fine Arts student Kristaps Ancans has been selected as the fourth recipient of the 2016/17 Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award.

Kristaps was presented with the award by panel member, and Turner Prize nominee, Cathy de Monchaux. Also on the selection panel were Hannah Corbett (Chief Executive, Acme), Aaron Scott Lidgett (Helen Scott Lidgett’s family) and Graham Ellard (Professor Fine Art, Central Saint Martins).

Graham Ellard said: “Kristaps work is restless, unruly and makes familiar forms – from the monument to the painting – strange and disconcerting. Its inventiveness is exciting and its realisation, with a beautiful refinement and attention to detail, is completely assured.”

Describing his process and the award, Kristaps said: “To create my work I use the following methodology – to think rationally about irrational things and irrationally about the rational ones. What is important to me about the award is that it provides not only the space to work but the opportunity to work alomgside other emerging artists in the studio.”

Created in memory of former Governor of University of the Arts London, the Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award aims to provide a bridge between art school and practice. This annual award for graduates of MA Fine Art, MA Art & Science and MA Photography at Central Saint Martins is jointly funded by Acme and Brunswick Arts through the Helen Scott Lidgett Fund. The selected artist receives a rent-free studio for 12 months together with a bursary of £5,000, and the opportunity to access curators, other professional artists and networking opportunities to support their professional development.

The award forms part of Acme’s Residency and Awards Programme and is located in purpose-designed studios at Acme’s Warton House building on the edge of the Olympic Park in Stratford. The selected artist joins other recent graduate awardees in a space designed to encourage peer support and collaboration. The programme will begin in October 2016.

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