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Adrian Carruthers Studio Award

A partnership award funded by Acme, family and friends

Eligibility: Final year MA students at Slade School of Art.


Established in 2002 for artists graduating from The Slade School of Art, the Adrian Carruthers Award provides a free studio for a year, plus a bursary of £6,000.

The award was created in memory of the artist Adrian Carruthers, who died in October 2001 at the age of 40.

Adrian was a graduate of The Slade School of Art and his family, friends and fellow artists worked together to set up an award in his name, offering practical support to talented artists at the beginning of their careers.

Acme covers the cost of the studio space, as well as supporting the administration of the fund.

Josh Berry: 2016/17

Josh Berry was selected for the 2016/17 Adrian Carruthers Studio Award, Acme’s longest-running graduate award which provides practical and developmental support to talented artists at the beginning of their careers.

Speaking about his award Josh said: “I feel like I’ve been gifted a rare opportunity and I am very grateful for it. These past two years at the Slade have been intense and productive ones. I’m looking forward to some time to settle down and refine what I have begun to develop.”


Warton House Graduate Award Studios

The Adrian Carruthers Studio Award is one of seven graduate awards permanently located in purpose-designed studios, located at Acme’s Warton House studios in Stratford. The adjoining spaces aim to foster and encourage a greater degree of peer support. This, together with a programme facilitating professional input from artists, curators and experts supports an environment of growth, risk taking and excellance.
These awards have been carefully developed with Acme’s partners to provide a valuable and effective bridge between college and continuing professional practice. Each award provides a rent-free studio for 12 months plus a stipend of £2,500 - £7,000 per year.

Supporting the award

Acme is committed to making this a permanent award and currently contributes half the cost of the studio. Recently the future of the award has been greatly enhanced by the generosity and effective fundraising of Adrian’s family. The Adrian Carruthers Studio Award is also supported by charitable donations. If you would like to help to support artists through this award, please click on the Newsletter in 'Further Reading' for details of how to make a donation. 

Previous recipients of the Adrian Carruthers Studio Award

2015-16: Rutie Borthwick 'I am very honoured and excited to have won the Adrian Carruthers Studio award which will mean I can have the time to focus on my practice as I go from the institutional surroundings of The Slade and onto establish myself as an artist.’

2014-15: Milou van der Maaden 'The Adrian Carruthers Award together with the tutorials and group meetings in the studio provided by Acme enabled me to continue and develop critical conversations about work and practice through this exchange. It has allowed me to focus for one year intensely on making and research processes as well as visually and spatially exploring my work and subject matter in the designated studio. It has been a great year being in such a supportive and stimulating environment!'

2013-2014: Marianna Simnett 'I have had a stronger relationship to the Adrian Carruthers studio than even my home. Sometimes I can’t step foot in it, many times I can’t leave for days. It has enabled total immersion. It is forgiving when I make mistakes. It has been a space for crits and discussions, for film sets, for rehearsals, for drawing, for nothing. It will remain a memorable gift.'

2012-13: Ninna Bohn Pedersen 'After two hectic and transformative years at the Slade, the Adrian Carruthers studio provided me with a space and a framework for reflection. There I experienced solitude, a sense of coming back to myself and the further exploration of the spacial elements of my moving image work.'

2011-2012: Luke McCreadie 'This award offers me incredibly valuable time and space in which to relocate myself outside of an institution and gives me a fantastic opportunity to really establish my practice.'

2010-2011: Rose Davey 'The past year has been an invaluable experience that has allowed me to continue painting in an environment that is pressure-free and adorned with the luxuries of space and isolation. I have felt able to produce work that I may have been too self-conscious to create in the chaos of a shared studio, and so feel very grateful to Acme and all the supporters of the Adrian Carruthers Award for enabling me to develop my practice in such a positive and supportive environment.'

2009-2010: Janne Malmros 'To be able to explore and develop ideas in a great studio without large financial constraints has been very beneficial for my career. To be able to work and exhibit in the Acme Project Space during my time as the Adrian Carruthers Award holder was a wonderful opportunity and a great way to round off a fruitful year.'

2008-2009: Revati Mann 'My year in the studio - wonderful.'

2007-2008: Terumitsu Hishinuma 'I had a productive and quality time at the Acme studio. I really appreciate your help and support.'

2006-2007: Nicola Wallis 'This fantastic bursary will allow me precious space, time and financial assistance which are all vital for the development of my work, research and ideas.'

2005-2006: Lorraine Neeson 'Leaving the security and support of college is extremely daunting for any student. This award serves as an invaluable advancement in my professional development and affords me the luxury of working as an artist in London which otherwise might not have been possible.'

2004-2005: Bryan Parsons, Corinna Till, Eddie Farrell, Gil Pasternak, Graham Hayward & Emma Hart 'The Adrian Carruthers Award has given us vital support over the year and helped us significantly in rendering our vision real.'

2003-2004: Matt Templeton 'This award has been a necessary bridge after my postgraduate studies. Having had this time and space to carry on with my work led to several showings and supported the beginning of my teaching career. This award has benefited my work greatly.'

2002 - 2003: Sibylle Baltzer 'The award has given me the priceless time and space to pay full attention to my paintings in a real studio environment, free from too many financial anxieties.'

John Berry, detail of graduate show at Slade School of Art.

John Berry, detail of graduate show at Slade School of Art.

Adrian Carruthers at his Slade Graduation Show (1987)

Adrian Carruthers at his Slade Graduation Show (1987)

Partner: Slade School of Art, University College London

Partner: Slade School of Art, University College London

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