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The Stephen Cripps' Studio Award (2013/14) at High House Production Park
Stephen Cripps '8 in 4 Days' The Acme Gallery, London, 1978. Photo: Ally Rafferty
Stephen Cripps '8 in 4 Days' The Acme Gallery, London, 1978. Photo: Ally Rafferty

The Stephen Cripps’ Studio Award is a major creative development opportunity. It provides a resource and support structure from which artists can develop their practice and realise and present planned or new projects. The award forms part of Acme Studios’ Residency & Awards Programme.

The award, to be based at new-build, purpose-designed studios at High House Production Park, Thurrock, will not only celebrate the work of Stephen Cripps, an important ‘pyrotechnic sculptor’, but also help make manifest the vision for the Park and the potential for creative collaboration between its partners: High House Production Park Ltd, the Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop, the National Skills Academy Creative & Cultural Backstage Training Centre and Acme Studios.

The initial programme consists of three one-year awards, running successively from October 2013. Each award will provide a rent-free large ground-floor ‘production’ studio, a £10,000 bursary and £10,000 towards project realisation costs. To ensure that as many artists as possible in the UK will be able to benefit from the award, the selected artist may also opt to rent a work/live space within the studio building during the award year.

The Award is funded by Acme Studios, The Henry Moore Foundation, High House Production Park Ltd and Stephen Cripps' family.

The first award runs for one year from 1 October 2013 to 30 September 2014 followed immediately by the second award. The deadline for applications is 5.00 pm Friday 14 June with interviews for short-listed artists on Friday 12 July. Applications can be made online at: www.acme.org.uk/residencies/stephencripps

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