LOEWE FOUNDATION / Studio Voltaire Award

A new programme benefitting seven artists with two years of support through rent–free studio space, professional development opportunities and a bursary.

The LOEWE FOUNDATION / Studio Voltaire Award has been established to celebrate talent, individuality and original thinking within contemporary art practice. The award will support artists at all stages of their careers including emerging and underrepresented artists, particularly those who are marginalised or experience intersecting forms of discrimination. The programme aims to increase and strengthen equitable representation and access, and amplify artistic voices across class, race, gender, sexuality and disability.

The award has been developed in direct response to the urgent need for affordable and secure workspace for artists. In recent years, there has been a significant decrease in studio provision in London. The Covid–19 pandemic has had a detrimental impact on artists’ lives, with many experiencing reduced opportunities, losses in income and isolation. 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.

The second phase of the award, a new year–long residency for an international artist to be based at Studio Voltaire, will also be announced later this year.

The two–year programme has been developed to provide a range of support including:

-A rent–free workspace within Studio Voltaire’s newly developed buildings.

-A bursary of £2,000 for each artist.

-An individualised programme of mentoring and professional development.

-Curatorial and pastoral support.

-Access to local and international audiences via public events programming.


Studio Voltaire

Studio Voltaire is one of the UK’s leading not–for–profit arts organisations. Its pioneering public programmes of exhibitions, participation projects, live events and offsite commissions have gained an international reputation.

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