Ben Cove Award 2024

Applications are now closed
Open to SPACE studio artists

The Estate of Ben Cove and SPACE are delighted to announce the Ben Cove Award:

  • £1,000 award
  • mentoring support from Karen Davies, Head of Artist Development at SPACE.


Please contact if you have any access needs regarding your application.

About Ben and SPACE
Ben (1974 – 2016) was an integral part of the SPACE artist community and the London art scene, spending 10 years working in The Triangle building in Hackney from 2006 until his untimely death in 2016.

Early in 2016, with his career in its ascendancy, Ben was awarded a Breathing SPACE Bursary, allowing him a six-month rent break and affording him the time to work towards a solo show titled Double Dutch, which was realised posthumously at Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth. Artworks from this time, including Biker Gang Hideout and Police Scuffle, have most recently been shown during Ben Cove in SPACE at SPACE Ilford which ends on Wednesday 21 February. The Estate of Ben Cove and SPACE are launching this award to coincide with the close of Ben’s solo show. We look forward to continuing to celebrate Ben’s artistic and personal legacy through the introduction of the Ben Cove Award.  The SPACE community is integral to the existence of this award. It was this community of friends and fellow artists who instigated a collection in Ben’s name, with the specific aim of enabling artists to further their careers by removing some of the financial constraints. To acknowledge the support of this community, the first recipient of the Ben Cove Award will be a current SPACE Studio artist. Ben’s family have specified the awarded artist to identify as having a disability, including neurodiversity.

The deadline for all applications is Thursday 8 February 2024.

The selection panel consists of the Cove family, SPACE Head of Artist Development Karen Davies, and Joanne Bushnell, Director of Aspex Gallery.

The award will be announced publicly by Wednesday 21 February.