Updated: Oct 4, 2022
Studio Voltaire and LOEWE FOUNDATION have announced the LOEWE FOUNDATION / Studio Voltaire Award – a new programme benefitting seven artists with two years of support through rent-free studio space, professional development opportunities, and a bursary. The second phase of the award, a new year–long residency for an international artist to be based at Studio Voltaire, will also be announced later this year.
This major new programme coincides with Studio Voltaire's reopening in October 2021, following a transformative capital development project. The award has been developed in direct response to the urgent need for affordable and secure workspace for artists. In recent years, there has been a significant decrease in-studio provision in London. The Covid–19 pandemic has had a detrimental impact on artists’ lives, with many experiencing reduced opportunities, losses in income, and isolation.
The LOEWE FOUNDATION / Studio Voltaire Award aims to cultivate spaces where artists can connect in a supportive studio environment that facilitates creative possibilities, risk–taking, experimentation, and exchange. The LOEWE FOUNDATION / Studio Voltaire Award has been established to celebrate talent, individuality, and original thinking within contemporary art practice. The award will support artists at all stages of their careers, including emerging and underrepresented artists, particularly marginalized or experienced intersecting forms of discrimination.
The programme aims to increase and strengthen equitable representation and access, and amplify artistic voices across class, race, gender, sexuality, and disability.
The two–year programme has been developed to provide a range of support including:
• A rent-free workspace within Studio Voltaire’s newly developed buildings
• A bursary of £2,000 for each artist
• An individualized programme of mentoring and professional development
• Curatorial and pastoral support
• Access to local and international audiences via public events programming Awards will be allocated based on talent and need.
Applications will be received through an open call and via a group of selected nominators.
Nominators include: Sheryll Catto, Co-Director of ActionSpace; Languid Hands, an artistic and curatorial collaboration between Rabz Lansiquot and Imani Robinson, writer, and filmmaker Juliet Jacques; Dr. Mark Sealy, Director of Autograph ABP; Linsey Young; Awarded artists will be selected by a panel of leading curators and artists: Sepake Angiama, Artistic Director of Iniva; Andrew Bonacina, Chief Curator of The Hepworth Wakefield; artists Anthea Hamilton and Elizabeth Price; and Studio Voltaire’s Curator of Studios and Residencies, Maggie Matić and Director, Joe Scotland.
Applications are now open at studiovoltaire.org.
Studio Voltaire commissions a wide range of participatory and offsite projects working in collaboration with artists, local organizations, schools, and community groups and provides a much–needed resource of affordable and accessible onsite artists’ studios, supporting the development of diverse individual and collective practices, from recent graduates to internationally recognized practitioners.
Studio Voltaire is a registered charity and part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio.
The LOEWE FOUNDATION
The LOEWE FOUNDATION was established as a private cultural foundation in 1988 by Enrique Loewe, a fourth-generation member of LOEWE’s founding family. Today, the Foundation continues to promote creativity, organize educational programmes, and protect cultural heritage in the fields of craft, art, design, photography, poetry, and dance. The Foundation was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts by the Spanish government in 2002.
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