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CSM Associate Studio Programme

Eligibility: Central Saint Martins BA Fine Art students.

Next programme: Applications are now closed until 2016.

 

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Developed out of a collaborative project, Double agents and Acme Studios created two ‘transitional’ studio spaces for recent graduates in new UAL Halls of Residence; at the Glassyard building, in Stockwell, south west London and at Highline, in Elephant & Castle, Central London.

The Central Saint Martins (CSM) Associate Studio Programmes provides a supportive environment without simply extending the ‘comfort zone’ of the college experience. The emphasis is on the creation of a mixed but cooperative community of emerging artists, who have made a commitment to continuing a professional practice. The scheme provides an affordable route into a professional studio space in a mutually supportive environment. It is underpinned by a programme of collective dialogue and mentoring involving professional artists and academics.

 

Programme 1 (2013-2016, Glassyard) 

The Glassyard programme offers access to a new-build, accessible, secure and self-contained ground floor shared open-plan space of around 1,300 sq.ft for a group of eight graduates from BA Fine Art at CSM. This space is located within a larger studio development occupied by 30 Acme professional artists and is built to a high specification; with natural light, three metre high ceilings, lighting, power, heating, internet access, shared wash-up and WC facilities and 24-hour access. Tenancy with Acme Studios is for three years, at half the standard rate – an average weekly rent for each artist of approximately £20 per week. The programme includes regular studio visits by artists, curators and writers.

A panel consisting of Kate Cooper (Auto Italia), Alex Schady (Programme Director; Art, CSM), Heather Deedman (Senior Artists’ Liaison Manager, Acme Studios) and Graham Ellard (Prof.  of Fine Art, CSM) selected the following artists for the inaugural three-year programme:

Lydia Davies, Chris Ifould, Piotr Krzymowski, Sean Lavelle, Asta Meldal Lynge, Cameron Scott, Tilly Shiner and Nikhil Vettukattil

 

Programme 2 (2015-2017, The Highline Building)

The Highline Programme offers access to three new-build, accessible, secure and self-contained ground floor studio spaces measuring 2,357 sq ft,(total) for a group of twelve graduates from BA Fine Art at CSM. Tenancy is with Acme Studios for two years with an average weekly rent for each artist of approximately £26 per week. As with the Glassyard Programme there will be regular studio visits by artists, curators and writers. The two programmes will complement and interact with each other and both have been devised as long-term and sustainable opportunities.

Alex Schady (Programme Director; Art, CSM), Heather Deedman (Senior Artist Liaison Acme Studios) and Graham Ellard (Prof. of Fine Art, CSM) selected the following artists for the two year programme:

Adeeb Ashfaq, Oliver Coltman, Nina Davies, Helena de Pulford, Abbi Jones, Daniel Kan, Suzy Lawlor, Corinne Macdonald, Anna Pickles Harvey, Eleanor Turnbull, Charles Verni, Jacob Watmore

Associate Studio Programme artists at the Glassyard, SW9. Photo: Hugo Glendinning (2014)

Associate Studio Programme artists at the Glassyard, SW9. Photo: Hugo Glendinning (2014)

Partner: Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts and Double agents

Partner: Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts and Double agents

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