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 currently receives funding as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO), but will be financially self-sustaining without the future requirement for public funding after March 2015.
Acme supports over 650 artists and manages 564 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 £10.85 per square foot per year or £271 per month for a 300f² (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.
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:
- Adrian Carruthers Award
- CSM Associate Studio Programme
- Chelsea Studio Award
- Fire Station Work/Live Residency Programme
- Goldsmiths Studio Award
- Helen Scott Lidgett Award
- Jessica Wilkes Award
- Rita Harris Studio Award
- Stephen Cripps' Studio Award
Acme’s International Residencies Programme manages 20 artists’ residencies in London for international governments, cultural agencies and foundations.
Acme also offers support, advice and associated publications for artists, studios groups, and all those with an interest in helping to develop affordable space for artists, and acts as an advocate on behalf of the affordable studios sector.
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.
Increasingly Acme is working in partnership with art colleges to create programmes that meet the needs of recent graduates.
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