This year judges Lady Bridgeman CBE, founder of the Artists’ Collecting Society (ACS), renowned artist Cathie Pilkington RA and Director & Curator of the Ingram Collection Jo Baring deliberated over an initial longlist of 26 artists from throughout the UK and Europe.
The judges awarded the £6,000 Prize to Araminta Blue Wieloch, a graduate of Chelsea College of Art (2009), the Ruskin School of Art (2012) and the Slade School of Fine Art (2019). Araminta is a painter whose work draws on memories to explore human nature in imagined scenes. Alongside the ACS Studio Prize, she has been awarded the Lionel Anthony Award for Excellence in the Arts this year.
Judge Cathie Pilkington RA said: “The ACS Studio Prize is establishing itself as one of the most significant national awards for practising visual artists at early career stage. As an artist with a studio based practice I know how much difference this generous award will make to the winner, enabling them to concentrate on the critical development of their work at such an exciting and crucial stage”
Lady Bridgeman said of the Prize and the finalists: “We were delighted with the number of entrants for the Studio Prize this year, and from a wide range of artists, art colleges and countries. The standard was exceptionally high and we were very grateful to have two such highly experienced judges as Cathie Pilkington and Jo Baring to reduce the entrants to the final five, all of whom showed great promise”
Alongside winner Araminta Blue Wieloch, the highly commended finalists were photographer Benjamin Jones of Bath School of Art and Design (2016), sculptor Christopher Mayer of Royal College of Art (2019), filmmaker and choreographer Grzegorz Stefanski of Slade School of Fine Art (2018) and painter Mohammed Sami of Goldsmiths, University of London (2018).
Find out more about the finalists below: