Acme, supporting artists since 1972

Affordable artists' studios in London

Founded by Jonathan Harvey and David Panton in 1972, Acme Studios is a London-based charity which provides affordable studio space and residencies and awards for non-commercial fine artists. Through this provision it continues to make a vital contribution to the development of art and artists’ careers.

Acme supports over 700 artists and manages 582 studios in 15 buildings in Greater London, offering a wide range of high-quality, long-term and professionally-managed space including permanent new-build studios. In 2014 we opened a new studio project, Warton House in Stratford. The previous year we opened High House Artists' Studios, a purpose-built stand-alone studio building including work/live units in Purfleet, and Glassyard in Stockwell which contains a large 'transitional studio' space for recent graduates from Central Saint Martins

The current average cost of an Acme studio is £11.15 per square foot per year or £279 per month for a 300 (28m²) studio. This is one third the price of a comparable commercial space and less than most other London studio providers. The rent is fully inclusive of business rates, insurance and service charges - the only extra cost is electricity.

Artists are allocated studios based on individual needs and time on our waiting list.


Residencies and Awards

In addition to affordable studio space, Acme also offers a Residency & Awards Programme, which is one of the most supportive and extensive in the UK including:

Acme’s International Residencies Programme manages 22 artists’ residencies in London for international governments, cultural agencies and foundations. 


Other services

Since its inception Acme has taken the lead in developing affordable, high-quality, secure and accessible space for artists in England. It has developed pioneering projects for permanent studio space working in partnership with local government and commercial and social housing developers.

Acme has advised and supported numerous organisations with an interest in helping to develop affordable space for artists. Its research has led to associated publications for artists, studios groups and others interested in the artist studio sector.

Increasingly Acme is working in partnership with art colleges to create programmes that meet the needs of recent graduates.

Artist Yukako Shibata in her studio at Harrow Road. Photo: Hugo Glendinning (2011)

Artist Yukako Shibata in her studio at Harrow Road. Photo: Hugo Glendinning (2011)

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  • London
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National Housing Federation member | NFASP member | Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Between 1996 and 2012 Acme received £3.2m of capital funding from Arts Council England which supported the creation of six permanent affordable studios in London: Copperfield Road, Fire Station, Galleria, Harrow Road, Leven Road and Matchmakers Wharf. This resulted in 186 studios and 12 work/live units in four London boroughs.