NEWS: Wandle Studio Prize Winner's Launch!
The Wandle Studio Prize
Now in its 4th year, the Wandle Studio Prize is going from strength to strength with not one but two separate applicants winning this year’s prize, which provides FREE studio space within which to launch a new creative business for one year.
The Wandle Studio Prize is a financially supported residency and career opportunity for third year students working in any medium from the BA Fine Art or BA Theatre & Screen pathways at Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL. The prize is awarded to either one artist or designer, or a small group/collective.
The competition is run by Wimbledon College of Arts and the business premises are funded by Office Estates Limited and aims to support students making the early career transition from being undergraduates to professional practitioners.
This year there were two outstanding candidates deemed worthy enough that each was awarded the final prize. Both winners work in film, theatre and television productions skills: one with special effects and the other focusing on costume design.
The first of the winners was Thomas Tuohey, a graduate from BA Technical Arts & Special Effects. He proposes to launch a business which would develop his work in creating specialist mechanical and sculptural parts for the burgeoning special effects marketing in film and television. He also plans to run short courses from the space, which would focus on teaching basic skills such a life casting for artistic purposes to more advanced materials practice, moulding and 3D mechanical design for printing to other practitioners keen to extend their skills.
Also awarded a space was a group of graduates from the BA Costume Interpretation course: Carmen Whiteley, Charlotte Riddington, Sophie Brewer, Eleanor Freeman and Katherine Cox, whose practice focuses on making both theatrical and film costumes, as well as carrying out detailed historical research that informs the making process. They intend to use their studio as a shared costume workroom, where they can continue to create costumes with the facilities and space required to complete freelance work, allowing them the flexibility to take on work for student, fringe and independent productions that often do not have the budget or space for a dedicated costume workroom.
Of the studio’s location, they said: “Merton Abbey Mills has been involved in the creation of fabric and fashion since the seventeenth century, and as craftspeople who work almost exclusively with cloth; we would relish the opportunity to be even a small part of continuing the legacy of the textiles industry at Merton Abbey Mills.”
Office Estates Limited own and manage Merton Abbey Mills, a unique historical riverside setting home to an entire community of creative arts and award-winning, independent food producers and businesses.
Wimbledon College of Arts encourages practical experimentation as a way to learn the skills needed for a successful career in the arts. With around 800 students on our Fine Art and Theatre and Screen courses, students learn in the college's specialist workshops, studios and on-site professional theatre from expert tutors and technicians who either work in the industry or have their own practices.
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Wimbledon College of Arts is part of University of the Arts London (UAL) - Europe’s largest specialist art and design university. Its unique creative community is made up of six distinctive and distinguished Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts.
Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL encourages practical experimentation as a way to learn the skills needed for a successful career in the arts and has around 800 students on its Fine Art and Theatre and Screen courses. Students learn in the College's specialist workshops, studios and on-site professional theatre from expert tutors and technicians who either work in the industry or have their own practices. Alumni include: James Acheson, Peter Bingemann, Georgina Chapman, Tony Cragg, Peter Doig, Tim Goodchild, Sarah Greenwood, Richard Hudson, Mikey Please and Yinka Shonibare. http://www.arts.ac.uk/wimbledon/
Four students from BA Theatre Design & BA Costume Interpretation:
Eleanor Freeman, Carmen Whiteley, Sophie Brewer, Katherine Cox and Charlotte Riddington receive the Wandle Prize from Dean of Wimbledon College of Arts, Simon Betts.
Thomas Tuohey who graduated from BA Technical Arts & Special Effects accepts his Wandle Studio Prize award from Dean, Simon Betts