Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award
A partnership award with Central Saint Martins, funded by Acme and the Helen Scott Lidgett Fund
Eligibility: Graduates of MA Fine Art, MA Art & Science and MA Photography at Central Saint Martins
As Managing Director and Founding Partner of the communications consultancy Brunswick Arts, Helen Scott Lidgett was involved in such projects as launching the Baltic contemporary art centre in Gateshead, the British Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, numerous British Council pavilions at the Venice Biennale and the French government’s Paris Calling initiative.
She was a student at Saint Martin’s School of Art and continued to be an energetic advocate for the arts both in her working and private life, particularly in her role as a Governor of University of the Arts London. Helen died in 2012 but her legacy will continue to support future artists through this initiative. The award forms part of Acme Studios’ Residency & Awards Programme and Central Saint Martins’ new initiatives to support their Fine Art graduates.
This award aims to provide a bridge between art school and practice as a professional artist by awarding a recent MA graduate a rent-free studio for 12 months together with a bursary of £5,000, and the opportunity to access curators, other professional artists and networking opportunities.
This award – a partnership initiative between Acme Studios and Central Saint Martins – is jointly funded by Acme and the Helen Scott Lidgett Fund.
Kristaps Ancans: 2016/17
Kristaps Ancaps was selected by panel comprising Turner Prize nominee Cathy de Monchaux, Hannah Corbett (Chief Executive, Acme), Aaron Scott Lidgett (Helen Scott Lidgett’s family) and Graham Ellard (Professor Fine Art, Central Saint Martins).
Selection panel member Graham Ellard said: “Kristaps' work is restless, unruly and makes familiar forms – from the monument to the painting – strange and disconcerting. Its inventiveness is exciting and its realisation, with a beautiful refinement and attention to detail, is completely assured.”
Describing his process and the award, Kristaps said: “To create my work I use the following methodology – to think rationally about irrational things and irrationally about the rational ones. What is important to me about the award is that it provides not only the space to work but the opportunity to work alongside other emerging artists in the studio.”
Warton House Graduate Award Studios
The Helen Scott Lidgett 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.
Previous recipients of the Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award
2015-2016: Hugo Brazao
Hugo was selected by Julia Lancaster (Senior Residency & Awards Manager, Acme Studios), Graham Ellard (Prof. of Fine Art, CSM), Jane Wentworth (Helen Scott Lidgett Committee) and Christina Mackie (invited artist). Hugo’s work explores the transformation that images undergo when they are placed in saturated online spaces, how their meaning and purpose are then altered and how the bridge between reality and fiction is challenged. Speaking about the award Hugo says ‘I believe initiatives like this are crucial in providing young artists with the support needed in this critical stage of their career.’
2014-15: Emma Corrall
Emma Corrall was selected for the second Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award (2014-15) by a panel comprising Julia Lancaster (Acme Studios), Prof Graham Ellard (Central Saint Martins), Charlie White (Helen’s son) and Lindsay Seers (external artist). Speaking about the award Emma said, 'It is an honour to be selected for the Helen Scott Lidgett Studio award. The award comprises the passion and enthusiasm of many talented individuals to continue the momentum of their love for a life fuelled by art. I am very grateful to be surrounded by such genuine support.'
2013-14: Jamie Hosegood
Jamie Hosegood was selected for the inaugural Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award by a panel comprising Holly Tebbutt (on behalf Acme Studios), Graham Ellard (CSM) Aaron Scott Lidgett (Helen’s son) Ben Rawlingson Plant (Brunswick Committee) and Anne Tallantire (invited artist). Jamie’s work continues a fascination with the actual substance of paint, the mechanics and activity of painting and how the medium can continue to engage with imagery, particularly photographic imagery, in the 21st century.
'Two flowers and two vases next to a monument of a horse whose mane is cut. One of the flowers is in a vase with a dead butterfly, while the other flower is not in a vase', Kristaps Ancans, mixed media, 2016.
Partner: Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts and Double agents
- Acme Studios
- 44 Copperfield Road
- E3 4RR
- T +44 (0)20 8981 6811
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.