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City & Guilds of London Art School Studio Award

A partnership award funded by Acme and City & Guilds of London Art School

Eligibility: Graduating BA Fine Art students, City & Guilds of London Art School.



This major award reflects the increasing emphasis art schools place on supporting opportunities for graduates after they have completed their studies and the role that alumni can play in providing role models and professional practice advice for continuing students.

Tamiko O’ Brien, Principal at City & Guilds of London Art School, a unique not-for-profit institution in Kennington, South London, was already familiar with Acme's work in supporting recent graduates and led on the initiative to set up the award for the BA Fine Art course. 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 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 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.


Amanda Moström: 2016/17

2016 graduate Amanda Mostrom was selected by a panel including artist Andrew Grassie who teaches at the Art School and Tamiko O Brien. Amanda's impressive graduate show included a large scaffolding structure supporting a set of functioning swings cast in bronze, video and sound recordings secreted in lockers, germinated acorns and gold leaf building plans.

Speaking about her award, Amanda said: "Having a rent-free studio, bursary and mentoring would allow me to continue to develop my work in a supported way. I am also keen to remain connected with other artists and for a critical dialogue around my work to carry on. The idea of having studio visits from other professionals is very stimulating and will help enormously."


Warton House Graduate Award Studios

The City & Guilds of Art London 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.

Detail - 'Welcome to the common ground series' Amanda Mostrom, 2016.

Detail - 'Welcome to the common ground series' Amanda Mostrom, 2016.

Partner: City & Guilds of London Art School Studio Award

Partner: City & Guilds of London Art School Studio Award

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