Jessica Wilkes Studio Award
Barry Thompson's work deals with sites of memory both literally and psychologically, tackling themes of ideals/failure, hope/pessimism, fact/fiction and love/loss. He considers that attempting to work with these universal themes through the process of drawing has enabled him to engage with personal memories on a very intimate scale.
Barry currently lives and works in London. He holds an MA from the Royal College of Art and a BA from University of East London. Previous group shows include There is a place…, New Art Gallery, Walsall and Hope & Despair, Cell Project Space, London.
Jessica Wilkes Award
The Jessica Wilkes Award was in memory of artist and former Acme tenant, Jessica Wilkes, and took place between 2008-16. It was one of two studio alternating awards for an Acme tenant, along with the Rita Harris Award. It provided artists with full rent relief on their Acme studio for one year, mentoring support and a bursary to support their practice over the year.