The Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award is a new initiative developed in collaboration with Acme Studios, through the research project Double agents, exclusively for graduates of MA Fine Art, MA Art & Science and MA Photography at Central Saint Martins.
This award – a partnership initiative between Acme Studios and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design – is jointly funded by Acme and the Helen Scott Lidgett Fund.
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 herself 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. Her legacy will continue to support future artists through this initiative. The award forms part of Acme Studios’ Residency & Awards Programme, one of the most directly supportive programmes for artists anywhere in the UK, and Central Saint Martins’ new initiatives to support their Fine Art graduates.
Acme Studios and the research project Double agents, based in the School of Art at Central Saint Martins, forged a partnership in 2010 through an AHRC funded research project focussing on the function, form and future of the Artists’ Studio. The two-year project has fed into the activities of both partners and continues as an ongoing long-term collaboration, in particular on the development and provision of ‘transitional’ studio spaces for recent 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 one year together with a bursary of £5,000, and the opportunity to access curators, other professional artists and networking opportunities. The award will also provide mentoring by members of the Helen Scott Lidgett committee, to the selected graduate, and all those who apply. The award is co-ordinated and managed by Acme on behalf of the partners.
The Award Studio is based at Acme Studios, Warton House on Stratford High Street, E15 and forms part of a newly converted studio building, comprising 28 studios. The studio, providing just under 1,000 sq ft, is shared with three other similar graduate studio awards. Its location overlooks the London Olympic site, and sits in the heart of a vibrant artistic community in close proximity to a number of key galleries as well as a large number of other studio sites.
Associate Studio Programme, April 2013.