Who are the winners of the Loewe Foundation and Studio Voltaire Prize

Who are the winners of the Loewe Foundation and Studio Voltaire Prize?

To help artists hard hit by the health crisis, the Loewe Foundation has joined forces with the Studio

Voltaire for a prize that provides seven selected artists with financial support and a mentoring program.

Focus on the winners. 

If interest in culture is an integral part of the DNA of the Spanish brand Loewe, this commitment was

reinforced in 1988 with the creation of the Loewe Foundation, entirely dedicated to the arts. At a time

when the arts and culture have been significantly affected by the global pandemic, the issues at stake

for the Loewe Foundation are particularly relevant. That’s why this year, the luxury house headed by Jonathan

Anderson has partnered with London-based Studio Voltaire to create a prize to address the precariousness

and isolation of artists. After receiving more than 500 applications, the foundation revealed the list

of seven winners: Ayo Akingbade, Ufuoma Essi, Adam Farah, Nnena Kalu, Djofray Makumbu, Josiah Moktar and

Curtly Thomas. “The process of receiving and reviewing applications really highlighted the fact that many

artists are struggling to sustain their practice in the wake of the pandemic and due to structural inequalities

within the sector and our broader communities,” noted Maggie Matić, Curator (Studios & Residencies) at

Studio Voltaire. For two years, each of the laureates will benefit from a free space in the London buildings

of Studio Voltaire, a £2,000 grant spread over these two years, a mentoring program, curatorial support

but also the setting up of events allowing them to gain fame. This is a symbolic commitment at a time

when “London has lost a considerable amount of studio space over the last three years and it is estimated

that more than a third of existing studio space will disappear by 2024″, says Joe Scotland, director of

Studio Voltaire. 

The works of seven winners in images: 


Adam Farah


Ayo Akingbade


Curtly Thomas


Djofray Makumbu

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Josiah Moktar

Nnena Kalu

Ufuoma Essi

An award promoting inclusion and diversity 

In the interest of equality, the Loewe Foundation and Studio Voltaire prize sought to honor diversity in the arts

and was intended to be as inclusive as possible: any artist practicing contemporary art could apply, regardless

of his or her notoriety, nationality, gender, disability or sexuality. The awarded artists were selected by a panel

of specialists, curators and artists such as Joe Scotland, Maggie Matić, curator of the Studio Voltaire studios

and residencies, and artists Anthea Hamilton and Elizabeth Price. 

Courtesy of Loewe Foundation and Studio Voltaire

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