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Rita Harris Studio Award

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Eligibility: The award is closed for applications.



Acme celebrates 30 years of its International Residencies Programme and 25 years of the UK residencies and awards in 2017. We think this is a good moment to take stock and review our programmes with the aim of evaluating different types of interventions and drawing lessons for how we can best support artists over the coming 10-20 years.

The review means we have put some awards on pause, including the Rita Harris Award, particularly where they have come about through generous legacy funding which has now ended.


2016/17: Lucy Harris

Artist film-maker Lucy Harris who is based at Acme’s Copperfield Road studios has been selected as the second recipient of the Rita Harris Studio Award. Speaking about the award, Lucy said:

“The Rita Harris award presents the unique and rare opportunity of being supported financially and creatively in the ‘hidden’ (pre-production) stages of my 16mm film works that are essential to their further development. These works are created via a combination of hands-on based studio practice and historical research, and the award will enable the concentrated studio time needed to pursue and explore the relationship between marble, sculpture, architecture and film resulting in a body of new work.”

Lucy was selected by a panel of Hannah Corbett (Acme, Chief Executive), Dryden Goodwin (artist) and Julia Lancaster (Senior Residency and Awards Manager). Speaking about Lucy’s selection, Dryden said:

“Lucy’s films draw you in, with their focus and intent, in the way they’re shot and the rhythm of their editing. When we visited her studio, it seemed a place of deep reflection and creation, organised into different areas, a schematic of her process and thinking. It is clearly a significant moment for Lucy, as she spoke about the rich interrelationships of materials and media she is pursuing and the potential to extend these explorations further in her practice.”


2014/15: Duncan Pickstock

Duncan Pickstock was selected for the inaugural 2014/15 award by a panel comprising Jonathan Harvey, Begonia Tamarit (animator and close friend of Rita) and Julia Lancaster (Residency & Projects Manager, Acme Studios).

Duncan’s practice is concerned with the process of painting, exploring the tension between the representational and the purely abstract. He had an Acme studio at Robinson Road for 18 years before moving to Acme’s new-build Matchmakers Wharf studios in 2012. Duncan has exhibited internationally and at various spaces in London. His most recent painting show was part of The Open Sky Museum, Nantes, France last year. The two works exhibited are now part of the collection of Musée des Beaux Arts, Nantes.

The culmination of Duncan Pickstock's award was an exhibition at the Acme Project Space entitled 'Are we there yet?' which also included an exhibition catalogue.

Rita Harris (1946-2013)

Rita Harris (1946-2013)

Still from MOON RAF by Lucy Harris

Still from MOON RAF by Lucy Harris

Duncan Pickstock, Large Landscape Painting 1, 2013

Duncan Pickstock, Large Landscape Painting 1, 2013

Rita Harris at work in her studio at Robinson Road, E3. Photo: Edward Woodman (1983)

Rita Harris at work in her studio at Robinson Road, E3. Photo: Edward Woodman (1983)

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