Warton House, E15 overlooking the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Home to the Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award and the Goldsmiths MFA Fine Art Studio Award. Photo: Acme Studios (2013)
Three new awards for recent art graduates have been launched by Acme Studios in partnership with Central Saint Martins College of Arts of Design, University of the Arts London and Goldsmiths, University of London. The awards have a common aim; to provide a bridge between art school and practice as a professional artist. All three awards begin in October 2013 and form part of Acme Studios’ Residency & Awards Programme which believes that providing artists with time and space is fundamental to their development.
The Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award is for Graduates of MA Fine Art, MA Art & Science and MA Photography at Central Saint Martins. Helen was a student at Saint Martin’s School of Art and continued to be an energetic advocate for the arts both in her working and private life, particularly in her role as a Governor of University of the Arts London. Her legacy will continue to support artists by awarding a recent MA graduate a rent-free studio for 12 months at Warton House, E15 together with a bursary of £5,000, and the opportunity to access curators, other professional artists and networking opportunities. The award will also provide mentoring by members of the Helen Scott Lidgett Fund committee, to the selected graduate, and all those who apply.
Recognising the importance of supporting students once they graduate, the Goldsmiths MFA Fine Art Studio Award was established, funded by the Astaire Award and ISA Charity, to enable the recipient to devote more time to their studio practice. The 12-month award comprises a rent-free studio at Warton House in Stratford, a £6,000 bursary and a mentoring programme tailored specifically to the graduate’s practice including studio visits from other professional artists, curators, and access to networking opportunities.
The Central Saint Martins Recent Graduate Studio Programme will provide a supportive environment without simply extending the ‘comfort zone’ of the college experience. Developed out of their collaborative Knowledge Transfer Partnership, Double agents and Acme Studios have created a ‘transitional’ studio space for recent graduates within a larger studio development of 30 studios located in the new UAL Hall of Residence; the Glassyard Building, in Stockwell, SW9. The programme offers access to a self-contained ground floor shared open-plan space of around 1,300 sq ft for eight graduates from BA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins. The average weekly rent for each artist is approximately £20 per week and the programme includes monthly studio seminars and studio visits.
These new awards complement Acme’s existing awards for graduates located at our Childers Street studios in Deptford, SE8: the Adrian Carruthers Award, the Camberwell Studio Award, the Chadwell Award and the Chelsea Studio Award.