The Valerie Beston Artists’ Trust was established in 2006 following the death of Miss Valerie Beston, a former director of the gallery, to support artists at the beginning of their careers. The charity has collaborated with the Royal College of Art to award an annual prize to a postgraduate Painting student.
Curator Catherine Lampert and Gallerist Pilar Ordovas have selected the winners from the RCA Summer degree show. The prize comprises a studio for a year at SPACE, a financial contribution towards materials, tutorial support provided by the RCA and an exhibition at the end of the year. Lampert observes “Now that ten years have passed, the common quality seems to be their distinctive voices and confidence”.
By bringing together all ten recipients: Laura Oldfield Ford (2007), Lydia Gifford (2008), Caroline Walker (2009), Gareth Cadwallader (2010), Nicholas Pankhurst (2011), Matthew La Croix (2012), Katrin Koskaru (2013), Jonathan Lux (2014), David Cyrus Smith (2015) and Seung Ae Lee (2016) the exhibition offers an opportunity to reassess each artist’s development.