ACS awards £30,000 in educational bursaries and prizes in 2018
October 18, 2018
Over the course of 2018, ACS has continued to offer a wide range of educational bursaries to students from arts universities throughout the UK in addition to our ongoing commitment to supporting cultural charities and arts prizes.


ACS is proud of its status as a not-for-profit Community Interest Company. As we operate solely for the benefit of our member artists, any surplus income is used for the benefit of our members and the wider artistic community. Since ACS was established in 2006, this commitment to the arts has assisted in supporting a great variety of community projects and charities.


We are delighted to have been able to provide £30,000 in educational bursaries and prizes to students from UK arts universities in 2018. Our existing relationships with institutions such as Falmouth University and Loughborough University were renewed this year with undergraduate materials prizes to help students purchase art supplies. Our postgraduate bursaries at the Slade School of Fine Art (UCL) and the Royal Academy Schools, which help support students at Masters level, were also reintroduced this year.


We have continued to work with the City & Guilds of London Art School to offer one undergraduate student a £1,000 prize to assist with materials, and one postgraduate student a £6,000 prize to help secure studio space in London as they transition from student to practising artist. This year, artist Natanya Barrett was awarded the year-long Studio Residency.



L: Water on Leith © Sophia Pauley, Image courtesy of the artist R: Installation View, Graduate Show © Natanya Barrett, Image courtesy of ACS


Our work with the University of Edinburgh and Wasps (Workshop & Artists Studio Provision Scotland) has also extended into 2018, providing one £3,500 prize and a dedicated studio space for one year to assist a graduating student at the onset of their career. Multimedia artist Sophia Pauley was the recipient of this Studio Award in 2018.

In addition to renewing existing prizes and bursaries, in 2018 we have partnered with more institutions than ever to ensure that students and emerging artists throughout the UK are supported.


We are thrilled to announce that this year a range of new prizes at Manchester Metropolitan University, Nottingham Trent University, Newcastle University, the University of Dundee, the University of Leeds and the University of the West of England, Bristol were introduced to assist students with the cost of materials as they transition to their final year of studies.



Peckham High Street, 2017 © Rebecca Harper, Image courtesy of the artist


The ACS Studio Prize was also reintroduced in 2018 to offer one recent graduate a £6,000 prize to help acquire their own studio in a UK city of their choice. 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. Judges Lady Bridgeman, Eileen Cooper RA and Rob & Nick Carter awarded this year’s ACS Studio Prize to painter Rebecca Harper.


Congratulations to all prize winners and bursary recipients! We will be featuring interviews in our Student Spotlight series over the next few months – be sure to catch up here with interviews with our last cohort of prize winners from 2017.

Full List of Winners:
ACS Studio Prize

Rebecca Harper

City & Guilds of London Art School

Undergraduate Prize – Rose Schmits
Studio Residency – Natanya Barrett

Falmouth University

Materials Prize – Maya Lamoine Ronchetti

Loughborough University

Materials Prize – Da Hyoung Choi
Materials Prize – Ben Archer

Manchester Metropolitan University

Materials Prize – Molly Greaves
Materials Prize – Hayley Harman

Newcastle University

Materials Prize – Lily Jayne Senner

Nottingham Trent University

Materials Prize – Jason Broad

Royal Academy Schools

Bursary – Frances Drayson

Slade School of Fine Art (UCL)

MFA Award – Paula Morison

University of Dundee

Materials Prize – Calum Stevenson

University of Edinburgh

Studio Award – Sophia Pauley

University of Leeds

Materials Prize – Hannah Buchanan

University of the West of England, Bristol

Materials Prize – Emily Mara Buchanan