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Jonathan Harvey Studio Award

A partnership award funded by Acme and the Tomart Foundation

Eligibility: Final year students from one of the following colleges/courses: Central Saint Martins (UAL): BA Fine Art. Camberwell College of Arts (UAL): BA Painting, BA Sculpture, BA Drawing, BA Photography. Chelsea College of Arts (UAL): BA Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Arts (UAL): BA Painting, BA Print & Time based Media, BA Sculpture

 

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Jonathan Harvey co-founded Acme Studios with David Panton in 1972. As a fine art graduate he keenly understood the needs of artists and Acme has been responsible for some of the most pioneering schemes in enabling artists and fine art graduates to continue their practice in the capital. Jonathan retired as Acme’s Chief Executive at the beginning of 2016 and it is fitting that this award, aimed at graduates as part of Acme’s wider Residency & Awards Programme continues that legacy into the future. The Tomart Foundation, is a fledgling foundation supporting the creative arts sector and in particular those who may face additional challenges due to economic hardship at an early stage in their careers

 

2016/17: Ruby Wroe

The inaugural winner of the Jonathan Harvey Studio Award is Ruby Wroe who graduated in BA Photography from Camberwell College of Art. Ruby’s work uses the body as a sponge of social relations to explore what is conventionally edited out of art to make work that resists classification and commodification. She spent a year making a diaristic critique of the structures of art school. Speaking about her award she said: "I am so pleased to be the first recipient of the Jonathan Harvey Studio Award. It will enable me to have the time and space to focus on developing my artistic practice. The studio will mean I can continue to be in dialogue with other graduates about our research and ideas."

 

Warton House Graduate Award Studios

The Jonathan Harvey 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.

Ruby Wroe, film still from Marking, Unmarking, Growing Up and Down (September 2015 - May 2016)

Ruby Wroe, film still from Marking, Unmarking, Growing Up and Down (September 2015 - May 2016)

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Between 1996 and 2012 Acme received £3.2m of capital funding from Arts Council England which supported the creation of six permanent affordable studios in London: Copperfield Road, Fire Station, Galleria, Harrow Road, Leven Road and Matchmakers Wharf. This resulted in 186 studios and 12 work/live units in four London boroughs.