Friday, 22 June 2012

Winner of the Acme Studio Award 2012: Rafal Zajko

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the Acme Studio Award 2012 is Rafal Zajko.

From a selection of seven students (short-listed by Martin Newth and Gill Addison) Rafal was chosen as the winner by Julia Lancaster, Sally O'Reilly and Jemima Brown.

The Acme Studio Award is a year long rent-free studio housed at Acme's Childers Street studios in Deptford provided by Acme Studios. Also included in the prize is a bursary of £2,500 provided and supported by the Chelsea Arts Club Trust.

Pictures of Rafal's work for his degree show piece can be seen below:

Charm over SubstanceHD video, 3 minutes 30 seconds, London, 2012

'Working in a variety of media, I play with the traditional roles of varying artistic mediums. In this manner my sculptures become props, performances become documentations of actions, and films (through a process of layering, repetition and re-recording) become a physical manifestation of an idea.

The objects I make can either be centre stage in one of my films, or else become hidden as a series of props or backdrops. The “object” playing the role of a character in a film – its parts undefined, its position unclear. This lack of a fixed plot or focus maintains a sense of flux in the work whereby I never know where the project will end. My only objective is that the process itself is the focus.'

Rafal Zajko, 2012
To see more of Rafal' work please visit his website at:

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