Amanda Mostrom receives inaugural City & Guilds of London Art School Studio Award
Left: Amanda Mostrom at her graduation show at City & Guilds of London. Photo, Charlie Coffey (2016). Right: 'Bad manors' by Amanda Mostrom, 2016, Toughened glass, gold, bronze, oak.
The inaugural City & Guilds of London Art School Studio Award, a partnership award funded by Acme and City & Guilds of London Art School, has been awarded to Amanda Moström.
Amanda's impressive graduate show included a large scaffolding structure supporting a set of functioning swings cast in bronze, video and sound recordings secreted in lockers, germinated acorns and gold leaf building plans.
Speaking about her award, Amanda said: "Having a rent-free studio, bursary and mentoring would allow me to continue to develop my work in a supported way. I am also keen to remain connected with other artists and for a critical dialogue around my work to carry on. The idea of having studio visits from other professionals is very stimulating and will help enormously."
This major award reflects the increasing emphasis Acme is placing on creating supportive opportunities for graduates after they have completed their studies. It also highlights the position that alumni can play in providing role models and professional practice advice for continuing students. The award provides a one-year rent-free shared studio in east London where the selected artist can benefit from and contribute to peer support of other graduate awardees. The graduate artist also receives a major bursary towards the development of their practice and is part of a programme of studio visits by other professionals, curators and experts.