Acme, supporting artists since 1972

About Acme

By providing affordable studio and living space, residencies and awards, opportunities and other support, Acme has supported over 7,000 artists since 1972.

From two derelict shops in London’s East End, we have grown to become the largest single provider of artists’ studios in England.
Over 80% of our studio stock is held on a long-term basis.

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

The current average cost of a studio is £11.15 per square foot per year or £279 per month for a 300f² (28m²) studio, fully inclusive of business rates, insurance and service charges.

In 2017, 66 artists will participate in Acme’s residencies and awards programmes.

Via advocacy, partnerships, advice and consultancy, Acme works to support the preservation, professionalism and to increase the supply of affordable artists’ studios elsewhere.

Acme’s Values:

  • Visual Culture. We believe in the importance of visual culture to society, in freedom of expression and the independence of artists.
  • Integrity. We are independent. We promote equality of access in all aspects of our work. We treat all artists equally. We strive to achieve the highest standards of professionalism and value in our operations.
  • Self-sufficiency. We plan our projects and resources to be efficient, secure and sustainable. We minimise our financial risks to maximise the benefits we can offer artists. We are aigle and promote innovation in all we do.
  • Generosity. We were founded by artists for artists. We are not-for-profit. We dedicate all of our resources to supporting artists to succeed. We listen to artists and are flexible in response.


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)

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  • Acme Studios
  • 44 Copperfield Road
  • London
  • E3 4RR
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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.