LOEWE FOUNDATION / Studio Voltaire Award

The LOEWE FOUNDATION / Studio Voltaire is a two year programme benefitting seven artists with support through rent–free studio space, an individualised programme of mentoring and professional development opportunities, curatorial and pastoral support and a £2000 bursary.

2021 – 2023 Awardees:

Ayo Akingbade
Ufuoma Essi
Adam Farah
Nnena Kalu
Djofray Makumbu
Josiah Moktar
Curtly Thomas

The award was developed in direct response to the urgent need for affordable and secure workspace for artists in London, the availability of which has decreased significantly in recent years. The Covid–19 pandemic has had a detrimental impact on artists’ lives, with many experiencing reduced opportunities, losses in income and isolation. The LOEWE FOUNDATION / Studio Voltaire Award aims to cultivate spaces where artists can connect in a supportive studio environment that facilitates creative possibilities, risk–taking, experimentation and exchange.

The LOEWE FOUNDATION / Studio Voltaire Award has been established to celebrate talent, individuality and original thinking within contemporary art practice. The programme also aims to increase and strengthen equitable representation and access, and amplify artistic voices across class, race, gender, sexuality and disability to fully reflect the diversity of London’s population.

Studio Voltaire received over 500 applications for the award, both via open call and through a group of selected nominators.  Awarded artists were selected by panel of curators and artists.

2021 Selection Panel:

Sepake Angiama (Iniva)
Andrew Bonacina (The Hepworth Wakefield)
Anthea Hamilton (Artist)
Maggie Matić (Studio Voltaire)
Elizabeth Price (Artist)
Joe Scotland (Studio Voltaire)

2021 Nominators:

Sheryll Catto (ActionSpace)
Teresa Cisneros (Independent curator, writer and cultural producer)
Alice Cretney (Turf Projects)
David Hevey (Shape Arts)
Zaiba Jabbar (Hervisions)
Juliet Jacques (Filmmaker, critic and writer)
Eliel Jones (Independent curator)
Rabz Lansiquot & Imani Robinson (Languid Hands)
Emily Pope (Artist & Montez Press)
Gaby Sahhar (Queer Direct)
Dr Mark Sealy MBE (Autograph ABP)
Bolanle Tajudeen (Black Blossoms)
Linsey Young (Tate Britain)
Abbas Zahedi (Artist)
Rehana Zaman (Artist)


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The LOEWE FOUNDATION was established as a private cultural foundation in 1988 by Enrique Loewe, a fourth–generation member of LOEWE’s founding family. Today, the Foundation continues to promote creativity, organise educational programmes and protect cultural heritage in the fields of craft, design, photography, poetry and dance. The Foundation was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts by the Spanish government in 2002.  

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