ACS Studio Prize returns in 2020, offering one student or recent graduate £4,500 towards the cost of a studio in a UK city of their choice.

ACS Announces the Return of its Studio Prize in 2020

April 9, 2020
Returning for the fourth year, the ACS Studio Prize offers one student or recent graduate £4,500 to fund a studio for a year!

The Prize is completely free to enter, with online applications open until 30 June 2020.

This year’s judging panel will comprise of ACS Members and renowned artists Celia Paul and Gavin Turk.



ACS is proud to announce the return of its annual Studio Prize, awarding a student or recent graduate £4,500 to cover the rental costs of a studio space in a UK city of their choice.


The Studio Prize was founded in 2017 by the Artists’ Collecting Society (ACS) to help emerging artists with the rising costs of studio rents. The Prize, which is completely free to enter, recognises the need for studio space and financial stability for students and recent graduates as they embark on the beginning of their artistic careers.


ACS is proud to fund a large number of bursaries and prizes for artists throughout the UK. Since 2012, ACS has re-invested over £133,850 back into the artistic community through educational bursaries to students from UK arts universities and to leading art prizes and charities through sponsorship.


How to Enter


You can enter the ACS Studio Prize 2020 here. To ensure that you are considered for the prize, please complete your submission by 30 June 2020.


Simply upload a PDF portfolio of a minimum of 10-15 images of your work and a short statement to be in with a chance of winning. There is even an application guide on our website.


The Prize is open to all final-year undergraduate and postgraduate students studying Fine Art and other creative courses. Artists who have graduated from such a course within the past four years are also invited to apply.


As with previous years, it is free to enter the ACS Studio Prize. There are no physical entries of artwork or any need to deliver artwork anywhere, the full application process is online.



Who We Are


ACS was formed in 2006 as a not-for-profit Community Interest Company to administer Artist’s Resale Right and copyright on behalf of our members. Since 2006 our membership has grown to over 1,000 artists and artists’ estates.


Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) is an intellectual property right that entitles artists, who are EU or EEA nationals, to a percentage of the sale price whenever their art work is resold on the secondary art market, through an auction house, gallery or art dealer. In the UK, this is an inalienable right which can only be collected and distributed by a collecting society such as ACS.


Our members range from well-known artists such as Frank Auerbach, Paula Rego and Eileen Cooper, to estates of artists such as Lucian Freud and Barbara Hepworth. We are also proud to represent artists whose work has only recently started to sell regularly on the UK secondary market such as Bambi, Leonor Antunes and Pablo Bronstein.


For more information about ACS and what we do, visit the About Us page or get in touch with one of the ACS team!