2023 Studio Prize judges were celebrated YBA and ACS member Mat Collishaw, the Director of Pallant House Gallery, Simon Martin and the Managing Director of ACS, Lady Bridgeman CBE.
Six finalists were chosen out of around 300 submissions to this year’s national open competition. However, after an in-depth day of judging, the 2023 Prize was awarded to Clara Hastrup!
Clara graduated from the Royal Academy Schools with a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art in 2021. Her work spans across a variety of media combining analogue and digital technologies. Hastrup assembles everyday, found objects to look for particular patterns and connections, inspired by nature’s complexity, technology and the absurdity of the human world.
On what winning the Prize would mean to her, Hastrup explained: “It will enable me not only to invest in the right studio to facilitate my practice but also give me the stability, independence and focus necessary to fully commit and continue to develop ambitious and more advanced bodies of work.”
Mat Collishaw said: “Clara Hastrup’s work shows conceptual integrity but with no limitations. Her work is coherent with sustained themes. She is a worthy winner… This artist has an interesting future.”
Simon Martin said: “Clara Hastrup stands out as an ambitious artist. Her portfolio reflects a variety of accomplished work, and each one is fresh, interesting and without repetition.”
Alongside winner Clara Hastrup, five finalists were also chosen by the judges: Irini Bachlitzanaki, Chloe Barnes, Elizabeth Dimitroff, Eva Gold and Lewis Graham.
Find out more about the finalists below: