Acme Studios — Amy Steel

Supporting Artists since 1972


Amy Steel

Adrian Carruthers Award
2019/20

Amy Steel's practice asks what a feminist subjectivity could be and how it could affect established structures of power and patriarchal influence on female behaviour. She uniquely combines painting and performance to question systems of representation and the physicality of perception. Her paintings are mostly populated by women engaged in a private, sexual world where visceral pleasures are enacted.

Amy was selected for the 2019/20 Adrian Carruthers Award by artist and award alumni Marianna Simnett, Kieren Reed (Director, Slade School of Fine Art), and Lea O’Loughlin (Co-Director, Acme) from a shortlist of six MFA graduate artists from The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL.

Adrian Carruthers Award

The Adrian Carruthers Award is a partnership between Acme and the Slade School of Fine Art, funded by Acme and the Adrian Carruthers Memorial Fund. With the goal of providing a bridge between college and professional practice, the award includes a bursary, rent-free studio space and a mentoring programme tailored specifically to the graduate’s practice. Artists on Acme's early career programme occupy shared studio space in order to foster and encourage a greater degree of peer support and an environment of growth, risk-taking and excellence.