The Artists' Collecting Society Studio Prize's Past Winners
The ACS Studio Prize was founded in 2017 to offer an artist the chance to win £6,000 to contribute to the cost of an artist's studio in the UK.
The Studio Prize was established to help artists with the costs of rising studio rents. It recognises the need for studio space and financial stability for emerging artists at the pivotal stage of beginning their careers.
2018: Rebecca Harper
Renowned artists Eileen Cooper RA and Rob and Nick Carter, alongside ACS' Viscountess Bridgeman, awarded the ACS Studio Prize 2018 to painter Rebecca Harper.
Five finalists were chosen from a national open competition which attracted 330 submissions, marking a huge increase in applications from the inaugural Prize in 2017. The judges awarded the £6,000 Prize to Rebecca, a graduate of UWE Bristol (2011), the Royal Drawing School (2014) and Turps Art School (2018). Her work is largely observed from life, yet often reconstructs memories and dreams to rearrange fictional fragments as plausible happenings.
Judge Eileen Cooper RA said: "The overall standard of applications was very high indeed and the range of work impressive, with great breadth of practice evident. This made the selection both hugely enjoyable and very difficult. I would have like the selectors to be giving out at least half a dozen prizes!
I particularly responded to the ambition of Rebecca's works in scale and subject matter, together with her warmth and observations, the paintings had real depth. I really felt connected to the world she portrayed."
To find out more about Rebecca Harper, visit the artists' website here.
2017: Marco Miehling
The inaugural ACS Studio Prize, judged by the artist Maggi Hambling CBE, Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy and ACS' Viscountess Bridgeman, was awarded to sculptor Marco Miehling.
A London-based artist born in Germany, Marco graduated in 2017 with a Masters degree in Sculpture from the prestigious Royal College of Art. The judges were highly impressed by the multidisciplinary inventiveness of his sculptural practice.
On receiving the Prize, Marco explained “The economic challenges faced by early career artists have never been so demanding. Paradoxically, as one of the most important human activities, artistic work is becoming more and more precarious. As a multidisciplinary sculptor, winning the ACS Studio Prize [will] grant me valuable time and space to continue questioning my artistic practice.”
Marco has since completed a residency at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and he has received a Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award.
To find out more about Marco Miehling, visit the artists' website here.