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Chelsea MA Studio Award

A partnership award funded by Acme and Patrick Lynch

Eligibility: Graduating MA Fine Art students, Chelsea College of Art & Design



Building on Acme’s long-standing partnership with Chelsea College of Art, this inaugural studio award reflects the increasing emphasis art schools place on supporting opportunities for graduates after they have completed their studies. It aims to bridge the gap between higher education and professional practice by providing a one-year rent-free shared studio in east London, where the selected artist can benefit from and contribute to the peer support of other graduate awardees. The graduate artist also receives a major bursary towards the development of their practice and is part of a programme of studio visits by other professionals, curators and experts.

Acme recognises the increasing difficulties graduates face in continuing their practice, finding affordable studio space and living in London. Through its Residency & Awards Programme, Acme works to provide opportunities that encourage greater risk-taking and help advance the arts through direct support at the point of production. This, ultimately, underpins the infrastructure of the creative sector in all its myriad of forms.


Caroline Streck: 2016/17

Caroline Streck was selected by a panel including artist and alumnus Haroon Mirza, and award donor Patrick Lynch. Speaking about Caroline’s selection, Haroon Mirza said, “We all thought that Caroline showed a great deal of ambition and commitment towards her work. It was clear that she would take the opportunity and really use it to develop her focused practice that seems to be on an interesting trajectory."


Warton House Graduate Award Studios

The Chelsea MA 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.

'What Goes Out' by Caroline Streck. Photo: Caroline Streck

'What Goes Out' by Caroline Streck. Photo: Caroline Streck

Partner: Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London

Partner: Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London

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