Left: Sarah Poots in her studio, Chadwell Award, 2010-11. Right: Rose Davey in her studio, Adrian Carruthers Award 2010-11. Photos: Acme Studios (2010)
Four graduate artists will begin year-long studio awards at Acme Studios’ Childers Street building in Deptford, London in September 2011. The selected artists receive a cash bursary, professional input from galleries and mentoring, as well as a rent-free, self-contained studio. The adjoining, purpose-built studios are designed to naturally promote peer support and the awards have been carefully developed with Acme’s partners to provide a valuable and effective bridge between college and professional practice.
- Luke McCreadie from The Slade School of Art has been selected for the Adrian Carruthers Award by Slade Director Susan Collins, Head of Postgraduate Media Jayne Parker, Head of Postgraduate Painting Lisa Milroy, Head of Postgraduate Sculpture Ed Allington and external artist/critic Martin Coomer.
- Josie Cockram from Camberwell College of Arts has been selected for the inaugural Camberwell Studio Award by Acme Studios’ Residency and Projects Manger Julia Lancaster and Associate Dean of Camberwell College Tamiko O’Brien.
- Anna Moderato from Chelsea College of Art and Design has been selected for the Chelsea Studio Award by Acme Studios’ Chief Executive Jonathan Harvey and BEARSPACE Director Julia Alvarez.
- An artist for the Chadwell Award will be selected from applicants graduating in September from MA courses at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and Wimbledon College of Art.
Although the aims of the awards are similar, each award has been developed uniquely taking into account the partners involved and the initial impetus of the award.
The Adrian Carruthers Award is the result of a legacy from a previous Acme tenant and graduate of Slade School of Art. The Camberwell Award grew out of discussions with the college about ways of continuing to support graduating artists. The Chelsea Studio Award was initiated by two second-year students at Chelsea School of Art and is supported by the Chelsea Arts Club Trust. The Chadwell Award was created in partnership with philanthropist art collectors Andrew Post and Mary Aylmer.
These awards form part of Acme Studios’ Residency, Awards and Community Programme which will this year support over 30 artists. One of the most extensive and direct means of support to artists in the UK, our awards and residencies build on Acme’s belief that providing artists with time and space is fundamental to supporting the development of contemporary fine art practice.