The foundation was set up by founder Lee Alexander McQueen in 2007 and named after his show ‘Sarabande’ the same year. McQueen’s legacy is providing support through funding and subsidised studios housed in a beautiful converted stable block in the heart of East London. The genesis of all McQueen’s achievements was his open-minded approach to absorbing diverse creative influences and applying them in new and exciting ways. It is that openness and bravery that Sarabande seeks to inspire in future generations of creatives.
Sarabande studios is a creative hub with a strong sense of community, it is a safe environment for artistic experimentation and collaboration, with artists and designers across different disciplines coming together.
We are delighted to announce Saelia Aparicio Torinos (alumnus 2016) as this year's recipient. Saelia will benefit from a studio in London, where she will use the opportunity to experiment with materials. In addition, both organisations will provide tailored professional support to the artist.
Saelia graduated from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2015 with her work displayed internationally in solo and group shows. Saelia is currently working towards two solo exhibitions, the first at the Tetley, Leeds in August 2017 and the second at TURF Projects, Croydon opening November 2017.