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NFASP Olympic Report finds artists' studios in East London under threat


The potential threats to artists’ studios caused by the London Olympics in 2012 have long been an issue for artists and studio providers in East London. The National Federation of Artists' Studio Providers (NFASP) responded to this by commissioning David Powell Associates to look at the potential impacts of the London Olympics on studio provision. Artists’ Studio Provision in the Host Boroughs: a review of the potential impacts of London’s Olympic Project is published today and highlights the value and strengths of the sector, but also its innate vulnerability. It also sets out the necessary actions to be taken to ensure that existing provision is secured and that new studios are written into the plans for the future of East and South East London after 2012. A full version of the report can be downloaded from the NFASP website - and a summary is available below.

'Cultural Metropolis' makes encouraging reading for studio providers


The Mayor of London has unveiled plans for the future of culture in the capital in the document 'Cultural Metropolis – The Mayor's Priorities for Culture 2009-2012'. Ahead of a full Cultural Strategy to be developed next year, this provisional document contains encouraging statements about the development of visual arts and artists' studios in London. In his personal introduction, Boris Johnson states, ‘we want to foster and encourage London’s artists, designers, curators, producers’ and Director of Culture Policy Munira Mirza explains how London is ‘at the heart of the contemporary visual arts world’. Mirza concludes, ‘London’s arts and cultural sector is a great success story, to the credit of the city’s artists, promoters and institutions. Our role is to help this success grow by giving support; encouraging a climate for innovation, diversity and experimentation’. Addressing the issue of Olympic legacy, the Mayor’s office and the LDA will work together to ‘examine the interests of artists and how their need for studios in this part of London might be integrated into planning for the site.’ The London Cultural Strategy Group, who will advise the Major on the development of the Cultural Strategy, has appointed Whitechapel Director Iwona Blazwick as the chair. With the National Federation of Artists' Studio Providers involved in talks with the Mayor’s office, there is a real opportunity for a positive commitment to the visual arts and the support of permanent, affordable studio space. A copy of ‘Cultural Metropolis’ can be downloaded from:

Jan Hendrickse, Acme artist in residence at Leven Road, presents a ‘sonic sculpture’ as part of Audio Forensics


Jan Hendrickse is taking part in Audio Forensics a new show at IMT in East London which explores how sound can be re-evaluated in the context of an increasingly noisy world. The show presents the final work of the first MA Sound Arts graduates of London College of Communication, and runs from 27-30 November 2008. For this show Jan has created a ‘sonic sculpture’ that uses electric fans to generate air currents and vibrations which are modified by contact and acoustic microphones. Jan is currently artist in residence at Acme’s new Leven Road studios in London, E14.

Latest edition of Acme bulletin available to download


A 12-page PDF of news and articles can now be downloaded. The bulletin includes a feature on two studio projects supported by London local authorities, information on the first artist in residence at the new Leven Road studio development, news about Acme’s Fire Station residency programme, and updates on current awards programmes. The bulletin is also available in standard print, large print and on audio tape. Contact for more information.

Howard Dyke (current holder of Acme’s Jessica Wilkes Award) is co-curating a major show at new London art space, CALVERT 22


This autumn sees the birth of a significant new London art space. Calvert 22 opens on 19 September with an exhibition of work by 21 painters, filmmakers and sculptors who take on the 7,000 square feet over two floors, to present Fresh Air Machine. The show is curated by three artists: painters Howard Dyke (current holder of Acme’s Jessica Wilkes Award),Geraldine Swayne and sculptor Iavor Lubomirov.

Acme Studios is delighted to announce the first artist in residence for its new London studios


Jan Hendrickse, a sound artist from London, has been chosen as the first artist in residence at Acme’s new studio development due to open in November 2008. Jan will receive a free studio in Leven Road, London E14 for two years along with a grant of £10,000 a year. Jan intends not only to develop his own practice, but working with local residents and community groups, he plans to explore the acoustic ecology of East London, employing listening as a way of exploring the sonic environment.

Acme Studios is delighted to announce the appointment of Lea O’Loughlin to manage our International Agency Programme


Lea O’Loughlin will join us in September to manage our international agency programme which coordinates residencies in London for visiting artists on behalf of seven cultural agencies from Australia, Germany, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland.

Galleria Open Studios


On 19 and 20 July, 25 studios over four floors will showcase drawing, painting, photography, new media and land art as part of the I Love Peckham festival.

Orsman Road based artist Howard Dyke announced as first recipient of Jessica Wilkes Award


Acme Studios is delighted to announce that Howard Dyke will be the first recipient of the Jessica Wilkes Award. This major professional development opportunity is the result of a legacy from the artist Jessica Wilkes who died in November 2005 at the age of 56. The award has been established by Acme and Jessica's family and friends to celebrate her life.

Acme Studios announces artist awarded second Studio Residency in Southwark at The Galleria


Acme Studios recently announced the recipient of the second Studio Residency in Southwark based at its Galleria Studios in Peckham, London SE15. Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre will succeed Isa Suarez as Southwark's new artist in residence from January 2008.

Adrian Carruthers Studio Award


Supporting young artists for the sixth year, the Adrian Carruthers Studio Award 2007/08 recipient is announced.

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