Outset Contemporary Art Fund has announced a three-year partnership with Tiffany & Co., which will make seven rent-free studios in London available to outstanding MA Fine Art graduates from the Capital’s finest art colleges. Recipients of the Tiffany & Co. x Outset Studiomakers Prize will be selected from the Royal Academy Schools, The Royal College of Art, Slade School of Fine Art, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, Wimbledon College of Arts and Goldsmiths University of London by an esteemed panel of experts in art, design and journalism. (delete: comprising of the Vice President, Creative Director – Store Design and Creative Visual Merchandising, Tiffany & Co., two curators, one artist and one editor.)
Beneficiaries of the prize will be provided with studios and a shared gallery room in Tottenham, Haringey for the duration of 12 months to lend them fundamental support following their graduation from art college. The prize is part of the strategic private-public partnership – Studiomakers – to sustain the flow of ideas and talent in London through securing accessibility to creative workspaces.
The first edition of the prize will be judged by Richard Moore (Vice President, Creative Director – Store Design and Creative Visual Merchandising, Tiffany & Co.), Margot Heller (Director, South London Gallery), Sam Thorne (Director, Nottingham Contemporary), Eddie Peake (Artist) and Justine Picardie (Editor-in-Chief, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country UK) and bestowed in September 2017.
The Studiomakers Prize complements the Studiomakers initiative by becoming active at graduate level. Studiomakers, an Outset and partners initiative, responds to the loss of up to 3,500 creative workspaces in London by 2019 predicted by The Artists’ Workspace Study (The Mayor of London, 2014).
Tiffany & Co. has a long history of supporting the arts, guided by the belief that a successful company has a responsibility to the greater community. Tiffany’s legacy with the arts dates back to its founder, Charles Lewis Tiffany, an original trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and his son Louis Comfort Tiffany, a pioneering designer and jeweller of the American Art Nouveau movement. Tiffany continues its commitment to arts and culture with its support of the Robert Rauschenberg exhibition opening at the Tate Modern in December 2016 and sponsorship of the next three Whitney Museum of American Art Biennials in New York.