Stephen Cripps' Studio Award at High House Production Park
A partnership award funded by Acme, The Henry Moore Foundation, High House Production Park Ltd and family
The Stephen Cripps’ Studio Award is a major creative development opportunity. It provides a resource and support structure from which artists can develop their practice and realise and present planned or new projects.
The award, based at new-build, purpose-designed studios at High House Production Park, Thurrock, not only celebrates the work of Stephen Cripps, an important ‘pyrotechnic sculptor’, but also helps make manifest the vision for the Park and the potential for creative collaboration between its partners: High House Production Park Ltd, the Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop, the National Skills Academy Creative & Cultural Backstage Training Centre and Acme Studios.
The programme consists of three one-year awards, running from October 2013 to August 2017. Each award provides:
- a rent-free large ground-floor ‘production’ studio
- a £10,000 bursary
- £10,000 towards project realisation costs.
To ensure that as many artists as possible in the UK will be able to benefit from the award, the selected artist may also opt to rent a work/live space within the studio building during the award year.
The Award is funded by Acme Studios, The Henry Moore Foundation, High House Production Park Ltd and Stephen Cripps's family.
The first award ran for one year from 1 October 2013 to 30 September 2014. The second will run from 1 November 2014 to 31 October 2015. The third and final award will run from 1 September 2016 to 31 August 2017.
Hilary Powell: 2016/17
Multi-disciplinary artist Hilary Powell has been awarded the third and final Stephen Cripps' Studio Award. Hilary is fascinated by the location of High House Production Park just within London’s outer ring and will explore the landscape’s potential for operatic soundscapes and absurdist visions to create a poetic drama of place. The surrounding logistics landscape, marshland and tidal zones are resource, scenography, collaborators and key characters in the plans afoot.
Rita Evans was selected for the second Stephen Cripps’ Studio Award by a panel comprising Anne Bean, artist; Jonathan Harvey, Chief Executive of Acme Studios; Ron Haselden, artist; and Mark Spink, Assistant Head of Scenic Art at the Royal Opera House.
Rita plans to spend an increasing amount of time in the studio over the 12 months. Rita explains that:
“The studio will be imagined as a nerve centre, with part of it as a place for dreaming, thinking and conversation, with spontaneous sketches and plans emerging and developing from this engagement. The other part will act as the rest of the body, a kinaesthetic making space, where these plans will be transferred into time-based sensorial sculptures and performances.”
Rita concluded her year-long award with Brain Drain, a series of sculptures and drawings (in progress), and Trance Party, a site-specific 'electro-acoustic' instrument/sculpture and party: www.acme.org.uk/aboutacme/news?year=2015#232
Performance sculptor Aaron Williamson was selected for the inaugural Stephen Cripps’ Studio Award. Aaron Williamson was selected by a panel comprising Jonathan Harvey, Chief Executive Acme Studios; Ingrid Swenson, Director PEER; Emma Troubridge, Head of Scenic Art Royal Opera House and Richard Wilson, artist.
Richard Wilson: “Aaron’s convincing interview showed not only his commitment to the High House Production Park site, connecting with its neighbours and his fellow artists but also adopting the spirit of Stephen Cripps and his approach to working.”
Aaron opted to rent a work/live space within the studio building during the award year. His proposal for the award was to maintain a year-long, ever-evolving 'living studio' that can be visited at any time by appointment. Aaron explains, “In this, the studio itself is the work with myself as its operative, creating transient sculptural works through performative processes.”
In addition, Aaron secured Arts Council England Grants for the arts funding for Sculpture-Performanace: Acme Artists Now a series of events exploring the interface between Performance and Sculpture, drawing on the milieu around the Acme Gallery from 1976-1982. Full details of the Living Studio and Sculpture-Performance can be found on a dedicated website: http://www.sculptureperformance.com/
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Rita Evans' drawings in Stephen Cripps' Studio, October 2015. Photo: Julia Lancaster (2015)
The Brain Drain by Rita Evans in the Stephen Cripps' Studio, October 2015
Wool Matrix by Rita Evans. Photo: Rita Evans (2015)
Residency Partners: The Henry Moore Foundation and High House Production Park
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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.