Acme, supporting artists since 1972

Mission and Values

Acme Studios supports the development and production of art by providing artists in need with affordable studio and living space.

Our mission is

  • to increase the supply of affordable, accessible, permanent and high quality space for artists.
  • to work in partnership with others, to help develop and professionalise the affordable artists' studio sector in England.

Our values are

Visual Culture
We believe in the importance of visual culture to society, in freedom of expression and the independence of artists.

We promote equality of access in all aspects of our work - and treat all artists equally.

We are independent and not-for-profit. We strive for the highest standards in all we do.

We strive towards excellence to achieve best value and promote examples of innovation and best practice. We listen to artists and are flexible in response.

We plan and manage our work with care to create a secure and sustainable resource that enables artists to take risks.

We strive to reduce the environmental impact of our operations and improve the efficiency and sustainability of all aspects of our work.

We believe in the value of mutual support - sharing knowledge and experience - to help develop the affordable studio sector.

Artist Anthony Whishaw in his studio at Copperfield Road. Photo: Hugo Glendinning (2011)

Artist Anthony Whishaw in his studio at Copperfield 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.