Third Stephen Cripp's Studio Award 2016/17 now open for applications

Amy Turnbull

Third Stephen Cripp's Studio Award (2016/17) now open for applications

The Stephen Cripps’ Studio Award is a major creative development opportunity for artists whose practice is based in sculpture which embraces elements of light, movement, machinery, sound or performance. It provides a resource and support structure from which artists can develop their practice and realise and present planned or new projects. The award forms part of Acme Studios’ Residency & Awards Programme.

The award, which is based at new-build, purpose-designed studios at High House Production Park, Thurrock, not only celebrates the work of Stephen Cripps, an important ‘pyrotechnic sculptor’, but also helps promote the vision for the Park and the potential for creative collaboration between its partners: High House Production Park Ltd, the Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop, Creative & Cultural Skills’ Backstage Centre and Acme Studios.

Starting on 1 September 2016, this is the third and final of an initial programme of three one-year awards. Each award provides a rent-free large ground-floor ‘production’ studio, a £10,000 bursary and £10,000 towards project realisation costs. To ensure that as many artists as possible in the UK are able to benefit from the award, the selected artist is also offered the option to rent a work/live space within the studio building during the award year.

The Award is funded by Acme Studios, The Henry Moore Foundation, High House Production Park Ltd and Stephen Cripps’ family.

The third award runs for one year from 1 September 2016 to 31 August 2017.

The deadline for applications is 5.00pm Friday 22 January 2016 with interviews for short-listed artists on Tuesday 1 March 2016.

For more information and to apply, please visit:

Acme Artists Studios Limited 44 Copperfield Road, Bow, London E3 4RR
T 020 8981 6811 E W

Image courtesy of Ally Rafferty Stephen Cripps '8 in 4 days' The Acme Gallery, London, 1978