The Studiomakers Prize is a new collaboration between Tiffany & Co. and Outset Contemporary Art Fund to support emerging talents
Tiffany & Co. funds countless exhibitions and sponsored this year’s Whitney Biennial as a partner of the Whitney Museum of American Art. But, the American jewelry maker’s steady engagement with the art world can also be easily traced back into its history. The brand’s founder Charles Lewis Tiffany was a patron of the Museum of Modern Art. His son Louis Comfort Tiffany became known around the world for his glasswork and is one of the most important American exponents of art nouveau. In other words, being involved in the arts is part of the company’s tradition.
It’s no surprise then that Tiffany & Co. is now supporting young artists. As part of a collaboration with the Outset Contemporary Art Fund, the brand gave out the Studiomakers Prize to seven young talents this month: Each will receive a studio for 12 months as well as a shared gallery in Tottenham to facilitate their start in the art world and give them the opportunity to gather hands-on experience. After all, London isn’t known for its affordable rents. Quite the opposite: Finding space for creative work is difficult, and that’s exactly where Tiffany & Co. and the Outset Contemporary Art Fund want to start. The collaboration was announced last November and is planned for the coming three years.
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The award ceremony took place at the Vinyl Factory in Soho, where works by the seven recipients – Daniel Curtis, Jiaqing Mo, Tomasz Kobialka, Jade Blackstock, Natalie Kynigopoulou, Simona Sharafudinov und Fani Paral – were on display. All seven are graduates of renowned British art schools, including the Royal Academy, the Royal College of Art, and Central Saint Martins. The works covered a range of artistic disciplines, from performance and installation to digital and printed works. Numerous art world representatives were present at the event, including curators, gallerists, and editors.
Members of the jury included Justine Picardie, the editor-in-chief of UK Harper’s Bazaar, as well as Margot Heller, director of the South London Gallery and Richard Moore, the vice president of Tiffany & Co. and acting creative director of store design and visual merchandising. On the topic of the Studiomakers Prize, he said: “London is one of the most renowned centers of creativity and it is our honor to be able to support young talent by making studio spaces available to them.”
On the occasion of the award ceremony, Hikari Yokoyama, co-founder of the auction house Paddle8, also went to visit the jury members as well as the prize recipients in their respective offices, studios, and art schools. The result is a series of videotaped interviews.
Information about the Studiomakers Prize can be found on the Outset Contemporary Art Fund website here. You can also find videos on Outset’s Instagram account (@outsetart) here. Inspirations on jewelry and the brand Tiffany & Co can be found here and via their Instagram account (@tiffanyandco) here.