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Harrow Road Open Studios 11 and 12 December

09.12.2010

Artists at Acme’s new-build artists’ studios at Harrow Road will be opening their doors to the public this weekend. On Saturday between 1pm-6pm and Sunday between 1pm-5pm, local residents and art-lovers will have the opportunity to see inside the purpose-built studios and meet the artists who work there, including:

Agata S. Hamilton, Apolonia J. Lobo, Asaki Kan, Emma Davis, June Bartlett, Katherine Lubar, MINA, Phyllis Gorlick-King, Soledad Bustos Moron, Yukako Shibata 

Transport: Kensal Green underground or 18 bus.

www.acme.org.uk/harrow.php

Exhibition blurs lines between patient and psychiatrist

22.10.2010

Acme Fire Station artist Gemma Anderson will be showing the culmination of three years’ work at the Acme Project Space from 12 November – 5 December 2010. Portraits: Patients and Psychiatrists contains etched portraits and recorded interviews with patients and psychiatrists at Bethlem Royal Hospital, London. All the etchings are drawn directly from life onto the copperplate and contain objects and imagery which reflect the sitter who is identified only by a first name, with no indication of whether they are patient or psychiatrist.

Gemma is one of 12 artists on Acme's current work/live programme at the Fire Station (2010-15), which is one of the most directly supportive schemes for artists in the United Kingdom, providing combined studio and living space at low rents as well as special bursaries: rent free space and grants of £5,000/year, worth over £30,000.

Exhibition 12 November to 5 December 2010
Thursday to Sunday, 1pm to 6.00pm
www.acme.org.uk/projectspace.php

Third recipient of important artist residency announced

12.10.2010

Acme Studios in partnership with Southwark Council and the South London Gallery is delighted to announce the third Southwark Studio Residency holder: K Yoland. Established in 2006, the residency programme is the only scheme in the UK that provides a selected artist with a rent-free studio for 18 months (worth £5,200), a £10,000 cash bursary and professional mentoring and support. The residency is a unique opportunity for an artist who wishes to develop or extend their practice to embrace and reflect the context and the communities in which the studio is located.

K Yoland plans to use the residency to work towards a multi-media installation involving performance. Yoland recently moved into the residency studio at Acme’s new-build Galleria studios in Peckham and explains, “The Acme studio is perfect for my multi-disciplinary approach, I am very appreciative of the opportunity to have space to make and plan my work. I now feel that there is more flexibility to experiment and challenge the limits of each project.

From 79 applications for the residency, eight candidates were shortlisted for interview by a panel comprising Coral Flood (Arts Manager, Southwark Council), Dryden Goodwin (independent artist), Jonathan Harvey (Chief Executive, Acme Studios) and Simon Parris (Programme Manager, South London Gallery).

The two previous recipients of the Southwark Studio Residency are Ana Laura Lopez de La Torre (2008-09) and Isa Suarez (2006-07).

Art gallery closed sign is new work for campaign

12.10.2010

A new work by British artist, Bob and Roberta Smith created specially for the campaign supported by over 100 leading British artists against the government’s proposed funding cuts of the arts is released today.

Artist Patrick Brill, better known as Bob and Roberta Smith, currently lives and works in London. He is known for artwork that incorporates text - often commenting on art, politics, or popular culture — in his unique, brightly colored lettering style on banners and discarded boards of wood. He became a Tate Trustee in 2009. 

Two challenging new works by artist Mark Titchner are also unveiled today across two UK cities as part of the campaign. The Turner Prize nominated artist’s work uses direct language in strong political graphic forms. His lead artwork demands ‘DON’T LET THEM DESTROY ANOTHER BRITISH INDUSTRY!’ tying the debate on cuts to the arts to other vital large-scale industries currently and previously under threat. The striking graphic works will be visible on a quarter of all available official city poster sites across Birmingham from 12 October to 26 October courtesy of Eastside Projects, an artist-run public gallery in the centre of Birmingham. Titchner has purposefully pitched the phrase in a city where cuts to major industries over the past decade have had dramatic impact.  

25,000 flyers baring the slogan will also be handed out at Frieze Art Fair in Regents Park this week alongside two billboards featuring Titchner’s ‘Don’t Let Them Destroy’ image and his second work, which, with painful honesty, pleads ‘Cut Us, Don’t Kill Us.’ This will also be placed on the 6x3m billboard on the front façade of Eastside Projects. The artist is also developing a wishing machine to protect the arts organisation for the foreseeable future and which will also be installed on the public façade.  

Each week the work of a different artist, created in response to the campaign, is being released. The campaign was launched 10 September with a new video by David Shrigley and a campaign poster by Jeremy Deller, Scott King and William Morris. This was followed by new works by Mark Wallinger, Yinka Shonibare and Cornelia Parker.   Supporters of the artists’ campaign are being asked to sign a petition which will be sent to the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. It points out that it has taken 50 years to create a vibrant arts culture in Britain that is the envy of the world and appeals to the government not to slash arts funding and risk destroying this long-term achievement and the social and economic benefits it brings to all.  

The artists acknowledge that reasonable cuts and efficiencies are necessary but they fear that the 25% cuts being proposed will destroy much of what has been achieved and will have a particularly damaging impact on national and regional museums and their collections.  

The campaign is being organised by the London branch of a national consortium of over 2,000 arts organisations and artists dedicated to working together and finding new ways to support the arts in the UK.  Full petition details on:   http://www.savethearts.org.uk

Exhibition at Acme Project Space explores memories of Sydney Road

06.10.2010

'Sydney Road' is an exhibition of paintings, photographs, film and collected memorabilia, by Stephanie Kingston which opens at the Acme Project Space on 7 October. The works are the result of Stephanie’s intense engagement with the house in Sydney Road of her Uncle and Aunt, Mark and Marigold Kingston. The paintings reflect the extraordinary vitality of their house. In a most affecting way they also communicate the sense of loss as the house became emptied leaving behind only traces and memories.

In 2009 Stephanie was selected for Acme’s Jessica Wilkes Award and this support enabled her to develop this new series of paintings. The annual award provides an Acme tenant with a grant of £10,000 so they can devote more time and resources to their studio practice.

The application process is now open for current Acme tenants for the 2011 Jessica Wilkes Award.

Exhibition 7 to 31 October 2010
Thursday to Sunday, 12.00 to 6.00pm
www.acme.org.uk/projectspace.php

Angel of the North loses wings in cuts campaign

05.10.2010

A new work by Turner Prize nominated artist, Cornelia Parker, created specially for the campaign led by artists against funding cuts, was released today.

The work shows Antony Gormley’s celebrated Angel of the North with one of its wings lopped off. The caption reads: Why clip the wings of an industry that is soaring? It’s a false economy to cut the arts.

Each week the work of a different artist, created in response to the campaign, is released. The campaign was launched 10 September with a new video by David Shrigley and a campaign poster by Jeremy Deller, Scott King and William Morris. This was followed by new works by Mark Wallinger and Yinka Shonibare.

Supporters of the artists’ campaign are being asked to sign a petition which will be sent to the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. It points out that it has taken 50 years to create a vibrant arts culture in Britain that is the envy of the world and appeals to the government not to slash arts funding and risk destroying this long-term achievement and the social and economic benefits it brings to all.

The artists acknowledge that reasonable cuts and efficiencies are necessary but they fear that the 25% cuts being proposed will destroy much of what has been achieved and will have a particularly damaging impact on national and regional museums and their collections.

The campaign is being organised by the London branch of a national consortium of over 2,000 arts organisations and artists dedicated to working together and finding new ways to support the arts in the UK. 

Full petition details on: www.savethearts.org.uk

Yinka Shonibare creates a work for campaign against cuts

29.09.2010

A striking new work by Fourth Plinth artist Yinka Shonibare was unveiled today as part of the campaign supported by over 100 leading British artists against the government’s proposed funding cuts of the arts.

The artist’s work shows a slash across a piece of brightly coloured African fabric for which the artist has become well known with the caption: “Stop Cutting”.

Yinka Shonibare MBE has become well known for work that explores issues of race and class through the media of painting, sculpture, photography and, most recently, film. He was a Turner prize nominee in 2004 and he was awarded an MBE, a title that he has added to his professional name. His commission for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, Nelson's Ship in a Bottle, was installed in May this year and in June his major new public art work covering the gable end of a thirteen-storey tower block, commissioned by the South London Gallery to celebrate their expansion, was unveiled in Camberwell.

Each week the work of a different artist, created in response to the campaign, will be released. The campaign was launched 10 September with a new video by David Shrigley and a campaign poster by Jeremy Deller, Scott King and William Morris. This was followed by a new work by Mark Wallinger.

Supporters of the artists’ campaign are being asked to sign a petition which will be sent to the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. It points out that it has taken 50 years to create a vibrant arts culture in Britain that is the envy of the world and appeals to the government not to slash arts funding and risk destroying this long-term achievement and the social and economic benefits it brings to all.

The artists acknowledge that reasonable cuts and efficiencies are necessary but they fear that the 25% cuts being proposed will destroy much of what has been achieved and will have a particularly damaging impact on national and regional museums and their collections.

The campaign is being organised by the London branch of a national consortium of over 2,000 arts organisations and artists dedicated to working together and finding new ways to support the arts in the UK.

Full petition details on: http://www.savethearts.org.uk

Mark Wallinger creates new work for cuts campaign

22.09.2010

A new work by Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger is released today as part of a campaign supported by over 100 leading British artists against the government’s proposed funding cuts of the arts.

Mark Wallinger’s work shows a copy of Turner’s masterpiece, The Fighting Temeraire, 1839 by Joseph Mallord William Turner, in the collection of the National Gallery in London. A slash in the painting carries a notice “25% cut” and underneath the work a caption reads: “If 25% were slashed from arts funding the loss would be immeasurable.”

Turner referred to The Fighting Temeraire as "his darling", refusing to ever sell it until he finally donated it to the National Gallery. When the nation was asked by the BBC to nominate the greatest painting on show in the UK's museums and galleries it came first with 25% of the votes.

The title of Mark Wallinger’s new work is “Reckless”. He explains: “I describe the cuts as a reckless adventure. In fact temeraire means reckless in French and by removing the obsolete ship from the scene I am rendering the painting wreckless.”

Each week the work of a different artist, created in response to the campaign, will be released. The campaign was launched 10 September with a new video by David Shrigley and a campaign poster by Jeremy Deller, Scott King and William Morris.

Supporters of the artists’ campaign are being asked to sign a petition which will be sent to the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. It points out that it has taken 50 years to create a vibrant arts culture in Britain that is the envy of the world and appeals to the government not to slash arts funding and risk destroying this long-term achievement and the social and economic benefits it brings to all.

The artists acknowledge that reasonable cuts and efficiencies are necessary but they fear that the 25% cuts being proposed will destroy much of what has been achieved and will have a particularly damaging impact on national and regional museums and their collections.

See the press release or visit www.savethearts.org.uk for more information

Groundbreaking two-year studio research project underway

14.09.2010

A pioneering research project by Acme Studios and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts has begun. The two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) will review the changing role of the artists’ studio within contemporary art practice, through an extensive programme of studio visits and interviews.

The project will be undertaken by an Artists’ Studios Research and Development Associate - Arantxa Echarte. Arantxa is currently completing her PhD in Fine Arts at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, and has a Pg Dip in Research (UWE, Bristol), an MA in Art and Design (Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen) and an Honours Degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Basque Country (UPV, Bilbao). She has continued to maintain her practice as an artist and curator, and has experience of studio space as a practitioner, previously being based at BV studios, Bristol. Arantxa will be based with Acme full-time for two years, employed by the university and jointly supported by Graham Ellard for Double Agents, the research project based at Central Saint Martins which he leads with Professor Anne Tallentire, and Acme Chief Executive Jonathan Harvey.

This is the first time Fine Art Practice has been the subject of a KTP and there is significant interest in the project which will result in new design specifications for artists’ studios. The outcomes of the KTP will help ensure that Acme continues to provide and manage studios which meet the changing needs of artists’ practice.

Acme Studios is the leading studio development organisation in England. Its current development programme which is part-funded by Arts Council England’s Grants for the arts – capital programme, will result in 180 new studios in London by 2012.

New studios provide focal point for major graduate art awards

13.09.2010

Three significant awards for recent art college graduates will be housed together at newly- converted, self-contained studios at Acme Studio’s Childers Street building in Deptford, SE8. The collective value of the three awards is £30,000 with each award providing artists with rent-free studios, cash bursaries and mentoring support from artists and art professionals. The three artists benefitting from the awards from October this year are:

Rose Davey - the ninth recipient of the Adrian Carruthers Award for MA graduates at the Slade School of Art;
Amy Gee - the second recipient of the Chelsea Studio Award for BA graduates at the Chelsea College of Art & Design;
Sarah Poots - the inaugural recipient of the Chadwell Award, a post-graduate from the Royal Academy Schools

Each artist receives a 280 sq ft (30m2) self-contained studio with large windows and doors and four metre high ceilings. Locating the residencies together gives the artists opportunities to meet and share ideas with one another. Acme has a long history of working in South East London and has managed studios at Childers Street for 20 years. During the residencies, Acme will work with the selected artists to provide a comprehensive programme of mentoring and supported opportunities with experienced artists, local galleries and arts organisations. For more information, please see below.

Acme Studios lends its support to a campaign against funding cuts

10.09.2010

Acme Studios today joins over a hundred leading artists to make the case against the proposed 25% cuts in government funding of the arts. The campaign is launched today with the release of a new video animation by artist David Shrigley highlighting the effect of the funding cuts and a new work by Jeremy Deller with Scott King.

Supporters of the artists’ campaign will be asked to sign a petition which will be sent to the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. It points out that it has taken 50 years to create a vibrant arts culture in Britain that is the envy of the world and appeals to the government not to slash arts funding and risk destroying this long-term achievement and the social and economic benefits it brings to all.

The campaign acknowledge that reasonable cuts and efficiencies are necessary but fears that the 25% cuts being proposed will destroy much of what has been achieved and will have a particularly damaging impact on national and regional museums and their collections.

The campaign is being organised by the London branch of a national consortium of over 2,000 arts organisations and artists dedicated to working together and finding new ways to support the arts in the UK.

For more information, visit www.savethearts.org.uk

 

Major new residency and bursary for Tower Hamlets artist

23.07.2010

Acme Studios, in partnership the Swan Foundation, is offering a 12-month residency to an artist who will develop a project or projects centred on Bow Cross, E3 in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The selected artist will receive a bursary of £10,000 and £10,000 towards project costs.

The application process is currently open until 5pm Friday 10 September 2010. For further information and to complete the online application process, please visit: www.acme.org.uk/bowcross.php

 

Galleria Open Studios 19 & 20 June 2010

15.06.2010

This weekend sees 20 artists open their studios at Acme Studios’ Galleria building in Peckham, SE15. All of the purpose-built studios are wheelchair accessible and will be open from 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. The event is part of the Camberwell Arts Festival 2010, for more information visit: www.camberwellarts.org.uk/2010/galleria

Bryen & Langley start creating 30 new studios in Deptford

14.06.2010

Work is underway at Acme’s Childers Street building in Deptford, SE8 to create 30 new self-contained studios on the empty ground floor. Bryen & Langley have been appointed by Acme as they have a proven track record of converting existing buildings including the extensive renovation of Toynbee Hall in Whitechapel. The studios are due to be completed in September 2010 and are part of Acme’s current development programme which will create 94 new studios over the next two years. For more information see the Press Release below:

Acme artist selected for WASPS residency in Fife

08.06.2010

Acme Studios’ tenant Maggie Lill has been selected for a month-long residency at The Steeple studio development in Newburgh, Fife. The residency is a result of a long-standing relationship between Acme and WASPS, the major artists' studios provider in Scotland which has led to the development of a residency exchange programme. The residency provides a studio and flat in a converted Town Hall which also includes studios for local artists and an exhibition space. Maggie explains, ‘This residency will enable me to have the opportunity of quality time for focussed work to develop my art practice and work towards producing a new body of work.’ For more information see Other Projects

Anthony Whishaw (RA, Hon RWA) at 80

02.06.2010

To celebrate Anthony Whishaw’s 80th birthday and his 30 year association with Acme Studios, an exhibition of paintings chosen from the last three decades will be shown at his studio in Bethnal Green from 11 June – 27 June. Anthony exhibited at the Acme Gallery in 1978 and has had a studio at Acme’s Robinson Road studios since it opened in1982. For more information, please see below or visit www.anthonywhishaw.com:

‘Contort Yourself’ at the Acme Project Space

27.05.2010

Bringing together the work of three UK based artists in the Acme Project Space, ‘Contort Yourself’ is curated by students in the first year of MA Curating Contemporary Art (Inspire), Royal College of Art. The exhibition will present video works by artists David Blandy and Harold Offeh, alongside a new sound commission by Jan Hendrickse, the Acme Tower Hamlets Studio Residency Holder. ‘Contort Yourself’ and its accompanying programme of events will explore the idea of an ‘authentic’ self-realisation, and critique processes of identity formation and re-formation. For more information see www.contortyourself.org

Studio Residency in Southwark Programme 3 (2010 - 12)

05.05.2010

Acme Studios and Southwark Council are offering a rent-free studio for 18 months plus a grant of £10,000 to an artist living or working in Southwark. The residency (starting in October 2010) is based at Acme’s new-build at The Galleria, Sumner Road, London SE15. For more information and to complete the online application process please visit: www.acme.org.uk/southwark.php
 

Purpose-built studios in West London now open

23.04.2010

Acme has opened 12 affordable artists’ studios as part of a major mixed-use housing development in Harrow Road, NW10. The purpose-built studios were built in partnership with Catalyst Housing Group and were part-funded by Arts Council England Grants for the arts – capital programme. The studios are fully occupied by local artists and provide high-quality, secure space in an area with few affordable studios. Located on the border of the London Boroughs of Brent and Hammersmith & Fulham, the new development will provide artists with a permanent resource in West London. For more information, please see Press Release below:

Artists’ studios at the Royal Opera House Production Park

29.03.2010

Artists in East London and the East of England are being offered an opportunity to become part of a new creative community in the Thames Gateway. A study is underway to assess potential interest in a purpose-built, artists’ studio building as part of a new £60million cultural centre in Thurrock, Essex, less than 30 minutes by train from London.

The study is being carried out by Acme Studios on behalf of Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation, in partnership with Arts Council England, East. Artists can register an interest in taking a studio or comment on and influence the final outcome of the project itself. The closing date for comments is Friday 30 April. Details are available at www.acme.org.uk/thurrock.php

 

Artists’ Studios at Snape Maltings

04.03.2010

Aldeburgh Music is exploring the possibility of creating affordable artists’ studios and work/live space at their internationally renowned site at Snape Maltings, Suffolk. Acme Studios is advising Aldeburgh Music on the design and specification of space for artists and is undertaking a demand study to help determine if such a development is feasible. Artists and organisations based in Essex, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk are being asked to complete a short questionnaire on their potential interest in this exciting project. For more information and to download a questionnaire, please visit www.acme.org.uk/snape.php

Pioneering Fine Art Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)

16.02.2010

Acme Studios and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, have secured one of the first Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) in Fine Art practice. The two-year, part government-funded programme encourages collaboration between businesses and universities in the UK and will review the changing role of the artists’ studio within contemporary art practice, through an extensive programme of studio visits and interviews.

The project is set to begin in Spring 2010 and will result in new design specifications for artists’ studios which will help ensure that Acme continues to provide and manage studios which meet the changing needs of artists. An Artists’ Studios Research and Development Associate will be employed by the university and jointly supported by an academic and Acme supervisor and will be based with Acme full-time.

For more information, please see the Press Release below.

Artists selected for Fire Station Work/Live Programme Four (2010-2015) announced

09.02.2010

Acme Studios’ residency programme at our converted Fire Station building in Poplar, London E14 is one of the most supportive schemes for professional artists in the UK.

The 12 residencies offer a significant practical and financial breathing space which allows artists to focus on the development of their professional practice. Consistent with our support of artists across our range of programmes, no obligations are placed on the artists allowing them to pursue their own professional agendas. Since it was established in 1997, over forty artists have benefited from this support. It is gratifying to see how these artists were able to maximise the
benefits of this ‘breathing space’ to challenge and develop their own practice, with many going on to secure national and international reputations.

Programme Four (2010-2015), which was launched in September, will provide low-cost combined working and living units for 12 selected
artists for five years includeing a two-and-a-half- year bursary (a rent-free work/live unit plus a grant of £5,000/year) specifically for a disabled or deaf artist.

Over 100 artists applied to the new programme, which was open to artists aged 23 or over from across the UK. The selection panel members this time were artist and educator Cath Hawes, artist Gayle Chong Kwan, and Acme’s Chief Executive Jonathan Harvey. Twenty-one artists were shortlisted and interviewed and we are delighted to announce that the following have been awarded residencies and will be moving into the Fire Station in April:

Briony Anderson, Gemma Anderson, Kate Atkin, Jonathan Baldock, George Charman, Melanie Clifford, Susan Corke, Robin Footitt, Haroon Mirza, Matthew Noel-Tod, David Osbaldeston and Emma Smith.

Jarman Award 2009 winner Lindsay Seers took part in the first Fire Station Programme (1997-2001). She recently spoke to Acme’s Julia
Lancaster about her experience and her career to date. The interview can be listened to at: www.acme.org.uk/firestationworklive.php

WASPS artist at the Fire Station

05.01.2010

Acme Studios and the major artists' studios provider in Scotland, WASPS have been looking at ways they can work in partnership to directly benefit artists. A short-term opportunity arose in one of Acme’s work/live units at the Fire Station in Poplar, E14. Moray Hilary was selected by WASPS to spend two months rent-free in the unit in January and February 2010. Moray is at an exciting stage of his career; over the past year he has moved from working predominantly with paint into developing sculptural and installation works on an ambitious scale. Recently, Moray has also been collaborating with a performance artist to create a new dialogue with his work. Spending time in London, based at the Fire Station is a unique opportunity for him to meet new artists, make connections with galleries and other arts professionals and embark on a period of research that will help inform his current and future work.

Chelsea Arts Club Trust support graduate award

04.01.2010

The value of the next Chelsea Studio Award will be greatly enhanced as a result of a grant from Chelsea Arts Club Trust, who encourage art and design education, and provide help and support for artists and designers. The Chelsea Studio Award was initiated by two second-year students at Chelsea College of Art and Design and provides a fine art graduate with a rent-free Acme studio for six months. The contribution from Chelsea Arts Club Trust, means the next award holder will also receive a cash bursary and professional mentoring. With the support of Chelsea College of Art, the role of organising the award will be taken on by a second year student, offering invaluable experience of working with professional arts bodies. Acme is delighted that an initial idea from two art students has been embraced and developed by their college and now supported by a charitable trust to create a valuable award which provides a supportive bridge between leaving college and entering the world of professional practice. 

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