The 2013-14 recipient of the Acme Studios’ Jessica Wilkes Award is Clare Price. The year-long award is open to all current Acme tenants of our non-residential studios. Created as the result of a legacy from the artist Jessica Wilkes who died in November 2005, the award was established by Acme, and Jessica’s family and friends to celebrate her life.
Clare Price in her studio at Childers Street, SE8. Photo: Hugo Glendinning (2011)
The annual award, worth £10,000, provides an artist with a free studio and grant to enable them to devote more of their time to their studio practice. Clare has a studio at Acme’s Childers Street studio in Deptford:
'I have started making new investigations in my work, starting to print onto the canvas as a "ground" before painting. The award will give me the time and space to immerse myself in these progressions and give them the attention they deserve. I desperately want to keep my train of thought and give the work a real push and the award will give me a unique opportunity to achieve this.’
Clare was selected by a panel consisting of Alice Appleton (Jessica’s niece), Joanna Hewison (Jessica’s sister), Alexander Wilkes (Jessica’s nephew) and Jonathan Harvey (Chief Executive, Acme Studios).
This year's award will be greatly enhanced by the involvement of Liquitex who will provide Clare with material, products and support throughout the year.
Clare Price is currently part of a group exhibition, ‘…even CLOUDS…’ at studio1.1 in Shoreditch (19 April-12 May).