Culture / Fashion house - 7/6/21
Studio Voltaire and LOEWE FOUNDATION have today announced the seven artists receiving the LOEWE FOUNDATION / Studio Voltaire Award – a new major award to increase opportunities for under–represented artists that will benefit them with two years of support through rent–free studio space, professional development opportunities and a bursary.
Launched earlier this year, the LOEWE FOUNDATION / Studio Voltaire Award was established to celebrate talent, individuality and original thinking within contemporary art practice. The programme aims to increase and strengthen equitable representation and access, and amplify artistic voices across class, race, gender, sexuality and disability.
The second phase of the award, a new year–long residency for an international artist to be based at Studio Voltaire, will be announced later this year.
The 2021–2023 awardees are: Ayo Akingbade, Ufuoma Essi, Adam Farah, Nnena Kalu, Djofray Makumbu, Josiah Moktar and Curtly Thomas. The selected artists work across a range of disciplines and mediums, encompassing a diverse set of interests, experiences and modes of working.
Each awardee receives a rent–free workspace within Studio Voltaire’s newly developed buildings for two years, a bursary of £2,000, an individualised programme of mentoring and professional development, dedicated curatorial and pastoral support and access to local and international audiences via public events programming.
Developed in direct response to the urgent need for affordable and secure workspace for artists, as well as the detrimental impact that the COVID–19 pandemic is having on artist’s lives, 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.
Studio Voltaire received over 500 high–quality applications for the award, both via open call and through a group of selected nominators, emphasising the importance and level of need for long–term opportunities for artists to support and sustain their practices.
Awarded artists were 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 (Studios & Residencies), Maggie Matić and Director, Joe Scotland.
The seven recipients of the LOEWE FOUNDATION / Studio Voltaire Award will move into their studios from July 2021, joining Studio Voltaire’s community of artists including Ain
Bailey, Lubna Chowdhary, Kaye Donachie, Anthea Hamilton, and Languid Hands (Rabz Lansiquot and Imani Robinson).