The ACS, a non-profit organisation formed in 2006, are dedicated to the collection of Artist’s Resale rights. After recognising the economic challenges of emerging artists, they established awards offering grants that contribute to the cost of artists' studios in the UK.
Eligible graduates for the award are able to choose a studio that best suits their requirements and negotiate a 12-month rental with assistance from ECA. Recipients of the award are free to use the stipend in the best way to support their research and developing practice. Previous winners have used the money to access specific processes and facilities in Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop and Edinburgh Printmakers, as well as funding short residency opportunities to broaden their networks.
Lady Bridgeman (Managing Director and founder of the Artists’ Collecting Society) and senior representatives of ACS visited ECA in March, where they were hosted by Joan Smith (Acting Head of School of Art), Susie Bass (Acting Head of Philanthropy), and Kristin Mojsiewicz (ECA's Director of Outreach). During the course of their visit, ACS conducted a public lecture for graduating ECA students on issues of artists’ copyright and resale rights in preparation for their experience as early-career artists.
This year's recipient of the award, Sophia, is looking forward to presenting her work at the Pittenweem Arts Festival in August and is excited to create more ambitious work in Scotland.