About the Artists' Collecting Society Studio Prize



The Artists' Collecting Society (ACS) is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company that administers intellectual property rights on behalf of visual artists.

The Prize
ACS is offering an artist the chance to win £4,500 to contribute to the cost of an artist’s studio in the UK.



The Studio Prize was established after a number of our members’ spoke of the economic challenges they faced when starting their artistic careers. ACS realises how difficult it is to focus on your art especially after leaving university. The ACS Studio Prize was founded to help.


If you are an EU or EEA national and are an undergraduate or postgraduate university student on an accredited art course who is about to graduate, or if you have graduated from a university accredited art course within the last four years, and you work in pictures, collage, painting, sculpture, tapestry, ceramics, glassware or photography, then you are eligible to apply for the prize.

Last year’s judging panel featured ACS Members, Celia Paul and Gavin Turk, alongside the Managing Director of ACS, Viscountess Bridgeman. The 2021 judging panel will be announced shortly! 


Who we are
ACS was formed in 2006 as a not-for-profit Community Interest Company to administer Artist’s Resale Right and copyright on behalf of our members. Since 2006 our membership has grown to over 1,000 artists and artists’ estates. Our members range from renowned artists such as Frank Auerbach, Paula Rego and Eileen Cooper, to estates of artists including Lucian Freud, Howard Hodgkin and Barbara Hepworth. We are also proud to represent artists whose work has only recently started to sell regularly on the UK secondary market such as Bambi, Pablo Bronstein and Eine.


As a Community Interest Company ACS operates solely for the benefit of our member artists. This means that any surplus income is locked into the company and used for the benefit of our member artists and the artistic community.

ACS is proud to fund bursaries for art students at leading institutions, whilst sponsoring a number of art prizes and charities. The Artists' Collecting Society Studio Prize is just one such example.


How to enter
The Prize officially opens on the 1 April 2021 and closes on 30 June 2021. You can enter the prize here


For more information about ACS and what we do, please visit the ACS website or get in contact with one of the ACS team.