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SPACE Artists Awards

SPACE will award 18 x £5,000 to talented visual artists who are under-represented in the art world and those suffering from extreme financial hardship, to help progress their practice at this very challenging time. Apply by Tuesday, 1 December 2020.

Awards and Support 

£5,000 Awards 12 artists will each receive £5,000 to support the next stage of their practice.  

Studio Awards 3 artists will each receive £5,000 plus a 12 month rent free studio in Hackney or SPACE Ilford. Indicate on your application if you wish to be considered for the studio award. 

Programme Associate Award 3 artists will each receive £5,000 and as part of the award will also be invited to advise on programmes at SPACE. Please indicate on your application how you feel you can contribute. 


All awardees will receive mentoring support, including a group mentoring session with John Akomfrah to start the programme. Support will also be available from the Artist Development team in the form of individual 1-2-1s.

The aim of the award is to give you as artists an opportunity to invest in yourself and your future.

We want to reward potential and promise.

We want to motivate and encourage.

We want to hear how you will use these resources wisely and where you hope the award will take you in your practice.

Who can apply? 

This award is for artists in the first 10 years of practising, post-higher education. The awards are aimed at opening up access to the world of art, specifically for individuals whose ethnicity, disability or socio-economic background may have affected their career advancement. We encourage applicants from artists of all minority and ethnic backgrounds and/or who are enduring financial difficulty, including individuals in receipt of government benefits. 

Only artists who live or work in boroughs where we have studios can apply (Camden, Colchester, Greenwich, Hackney, Islington, Newham, Redbridge, Southwark, Tower Hamlets). Indicate which borough you are based in on your application. 

"Do I need to be a current SPACE tenant?"

  No. These Awards are open to artists based in the boroughs surrounding our studio buildings who are within the first 10 years of their professional practice.  NB: the awards that come with a studio are not applicable to existing SPACE tenants.

How to apply

It is free to apply for this award. Please send the following to Karen at artistdevelopment@spacestudios.org.uk

Please contact us if you have any access needs regarding your application. 

– Your name and contact details.

– Indicate which borough you are based in. 

– State which award/s you wish to be considered for.

– A statement explaining how you qualify for and would benefit from the award (max  200 words).

– A short biography telling us about your practice (max 200 words).

– CV

– A link to images/your practice or a pdf.

Apply by: Tuesday 1 December 2020

Selection Panel

Selection will take place in early December 2020 and applicants will be notified by mid December.

Dr Omar Kholeif, Director of Collections and Senior Curator, Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE; Trustee, SPACE (Chair: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion)

Deborah Smith, Director of Arts Council Collection

Karen Davies, Head of Artist Development at SPACE 

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