Acme Studios, supporting art and artists since 1972

About Acme

Acme Studios is a London-based charity, formed by artists in 1972, which supports the development of fine art practice by providing artists with affordable studio and living space. Acme provides 582 studio units, runs studio awards and residency schemes and manages an international residencies programme for visiting artists. Acme is recognised as the leading studio development organisation in England and has helped more than 7,000 artists with this fundamental means of support.

Acme continues to build on its success in creating a permanent and sustainable network of affordable, accessible, professionally-managed and high quality studios for artists in London.

In addition to the provision of studio and living space, Acme has taken a leading role in helping develop the affordable studio sector in England. In recent years it has been working nationally with other studio organisations and Arts Council England and in London has led on Capital Studios, an advocacy programme on behalf of affordable studio providers in the capital.

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Organisation Information

Acme Artists Studios Limited
A registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014
Reg. No: IP30662 R
Vat No 680 7763 03

44 Copperfield Road,
Bow, London, E3 4RR 
T 020 8981 6811
F 020 8983 0567



Jonathan Harvey OBE

David Panton OBE



Robert Barnes

Sarah Kudirka Davenport

Naomi Dines

Henry Lydiate

Richard Millward - Chair

David Panton OBE

Trevor Sutton

Holly Tebbutt



Hannah Corbett OBE - Chief Executive

David Panton OBE - Director of Estates



Jennifer Baglow - Property Administrator

Stuart Bolin - Property Manager

Jemima Brown - Artists' Liaison Officer

Heather Deedman - Senior Artists' Liaison Manager

Charlie Coffey - Residency & Awards Officer

Dr Arantxa Echarte - Senior Research & Development Officer

Tinsel Edwards - Property Manager (maternity leave until April 2017)

Jack Fortescue - Head of Projects & Developments

Jane Hartley - Property Manager (maternity cover until April 2017)

Calum F Kerr - Artists’ Liaison Officer (Waiting List)

Richard Kingsnorth (Company Secretary) - Head of Finance and Resources

Julia Lancaster - Senior Residency & Awards Manager

John Lang - Senior Property Manager

Ben Lawley - Rent Accounts Manager

Lottie Leedham - Senior Artists’ Liaison Officer 

Laura Martin - International Residencies Programme Officer

Eleanor Moreton - Accounts Administrator

Lea O'Loughlin - Senior International Residencies Programme Manager

Chris Scannell - Property Manager

Zoe Schoenherr - Rent Accounts Administrator


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Artist Amy Gee in her studio at Childers Street. Photo: Hugo Glendinning (2011)

Artist Amy Gee in her studio at Childers Street. Photo: Hugo Glendinning (2011)

'I think Acme is silently one of the most supportive arts bodies in operation.'

Rachel Whiteread, sculptor, Turner Prize Winner and former Acme studio holder

New-build studios at Leven Road, Poplar, E14. Photo: Mike Molloy (2009)

New-build studios at Leven Road, Poplar, E14. Photo: Mike Molloy (2009)


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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.