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Announcing Acme's 2018/19 Graduate Artists

06.11.2018

We are proud to announce Cora Seghal Cuthbert (City & Guilds of London School of Art Award), Greta Davies (Adrian Carruthers Award, Slade School of Art), Kate Howard (Goldsmiths MFA Award), Marylyn Molisso (Helen Scott Lidgett Award, Central Saint Martins, UAL) and Mitchell Vowles (Jonathan Harvey Award, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL) as recipients of our 2018/19 Graduate Awards.

Working from shared studios at Warton House over 12 months, artists develop their practice through a combination of group and individual mentoring from visiting artists and curators, and professional development opportunities. Working as part of an active peer community, artists receive a bursary of £7,000 to support their practice and will be working with highly respected public galleries Auto Italia and PEER towards a public exhibition or project.

Acme’s Graduate Programme is a highly selective programme of support for recent graduates from leading art schools, consisting of a number of individual awards. The programme aims to create a substantial intervention at a critical moment in artists’ careers, as students transition from the supportive environment of an arts institution into lifelong professional practice

Open to artists who demonstrate an outstanding artistic practice, and who would otherwise lack the means to undertake such an opportunity, the awards give individuals the time and space to focus on developing their practice, enabling them to position themselves as professional artists within a global cultural environment. Running since 2002, 46 artists have benefitted from the programme, with 81% having gone on to present solo exhibitions of their work within 5 years.

Acme’s Graduate Programme works in collaboration with Camberwell College of Arts (UAL), Central Saint Martins (UAL), Chelsea College of Arts (UAL), City of London School of Art, Goldsmiths College (UoL), Slade School of Fine Art (UCL), and Wimbledon College of Arts (UAL), and is generously supported by Jane Hamlyn, Tomart Foundation and the families of Adrian Carruthers and Helen Scott Lidgett.

Lea O'Loughlin appointed President of Res Artis

25.09.2018

Head of Residencies and Awards at Acme, Lea O’Loughlin, has been appointed President of the Board of Res Artis. Res Artis is the largest worldwide network of arts residencies with over 650 members in more than 80 countries, and facilitates more than 10,000 arts residency exchanges per year across the world.

Acme’s Residencies and Awards programme, which aims to intervene at critical moments in the careers of both UK-based and international artists, works with a range of partners and donors to support professional development through studio residencies, bursaries, mentoring and exhibiting opportunities. Adding to its core provision of affordable studio and living space for artists in Greater London, Acme’s Residencies and Awards programme has benefitted over 700 artists since 1987.

Speaking about her new role at Res Artis, Lea states: “Every artist residency centre should have the opportunity to connect with colleagues and to support their organisational sustainability regardless of their size, or challenges of their cultural or geographical context. I will continue to work with organisations in the artists’ studios and residencies sectors, and with international membership bodies to empower artists and amplify the benefit of their contribution to society.”

Res Artis is based in Amsterdam with two satellite offices in Melbourne and Tehran and the appointment of Lea O’Loughlin as a UK-based President indicates Res Artis’ core value of achieving greater visibility and relevance with a renewed dialogue about the UK’s status as a significant global contributor.

Lea continues: “Bringing the Presidency of this international professional cultural network to the UK at this particular moment in time, is incredibly important. I look forward to working with UK, European and international colleagues to develop meaningful dialogue and increase cultural connectivity through artistic mobility and exchange.”

Emma Corrall and Daniel Cockburn selected for the R&A Alumni Residency Award 2018/19

19.09.2018

Emma Corrall and Daniel Cockburn have been selected for Acme's first R&A Alumni Residency from a shortlist of 7 artists.  

The Alumni Residency is a pilot scheme that aims to provide the time and space for artists to focus on their practice at a critical point in their career, within the context of a mixed studio environment and a wider community of long-term studio holders. Open to artists who have previously benefitted from our Residencies & Awards programme, but who are once again in a position where they would benefit from a supported studio environment. 

Based in a shared studio with a small cohort of artists from the Acme Graduate Award Programme at Warton House, Emma and Daniel will also be running one-off group sessions, workshops or interventions with the graduate artists during their 6-month residencies.

For more information visit the Alumni Residency page.

Current Vacancy: Artist Liaison Administrator (4 days/week)

11.09.2018

Salary: £22,802 equivalent to £28,503 full-time pro rata)
Commencement of post: October/November 2018
Four days per week, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm. Tuesday-Friday

Acme is a London-based charity which supports artists principally by providing affordable studios, housing and residencies and awards.

The Artist Liaison Administrator will be a key member of a team who are responsible for providing support for Acme’s beneficiaries which principally involves managing the letting of studios and residential units to artists and for ongoing liaison with artist/tenants on all aspects of their use and occupation of studios.

The post is principally office based but the assistant will also be required to visit Acme’s studio sites across London.

The post is primarily being promoted to practising artists in order to benefit artists through the provision of secure part-time employment consistent with the organisations charitable purposes and recruitment policy.

Acme is an Equal Opportunities Employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates irrespective of race, gender, gender identity, age, disability, caring responsibilities, sexual orientation, religion or belief, nationality, or pregnancy and maternity.

For more information please visit:
www.acme.org.uk/aboutacme/currentvacancies

Acme announces new Alumni Residency

14.08.2018

Acme continues to look at ways of reaching out and supporting our community of artists. Our new Alumni Residency will provide the time and space for artist to focus on their practice at a critical point in their career, within the context of a mixed studio environment and a wider community of long-term studio holders. The residency is open to artists who have previously benefitted from our Residencies & Awards programme, but who are once again in a position where they would benefit from a supported studio environment.

This year we are piloting two studio-based residencies, running 1 October 2018 – 29 March 2019 and 1 April –  30 September 2019. Selected artists will be based in a shared studio at Acme's Warton House building in Stratford, E15.

 

Kate Howard selected for the Goldsmiths MFA Award 2018/19

07.08.2018

Kate Howard has been selected for the Goldsmiths MFA Award from a shortlist of six by a panel including the curator Natasha Hoare (Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art) and the artist David Batchelor.

The other shortlisted artists were Victor Brietensky, Paul Chapelier, Javier Chozas, Rosa Doornebal, and Anna Mikola.

As part of the Acme Graduate Programme, the award offers one final-year MFA student from Goldsmiths College a studio for one year, bursary of £7,000, mentoring from visiting artists and curators, and the chance to work with a gallery towards a public exhibition or project. The programme aims to intervene at a critical moment to support early-career artists in the transition from art school to professional practice.

Speaking about Kate’s selection, David Batchelor said, "‘The panel was particularly taken by Kate’s use of bold and sometimes very large three-dimensional elements, her engagement with the history of sculptural form, and her thoughtful inquiry into aspects of sexuality and gender fluidity”.

The selection panel comprised of the artist and visiting lecturer David Batchelor, Natasha Hoare (Curator, Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art) and Charlie Coffey (Residencies & Awards Manager, Acme).  

The Goldsmiths MFA Award is a partnership between Acme, Goldsmiths College and Jane Hamlyn. 

Since 1972, Acme has provided affordable homes, studio space, residencies and awards to fine artists. By providing the space, time, finance and opportunity we aim to promote the development of art and artists’ careers.

Mitchell Vowles selected for the Jonathan Harvey Award 2018/19

07.08.2018

Mitchell Vowles has been selected for the Jonathan Harvey Award from a shortlist of six by a panel including the artist Rafal Zajko.

The other shortlisted artists were Maisy Alvin, Martha Clarke, Zoe Forster, Rashi Rajguru, and Colette Williams.

As part of the Acme Graduate Programme, the award offers one final-year BA student from Camberwell, Chelsea or Wimbledon College of Arts (UAL) a studio for one year, bursary of £7,000, mentoring from visiting artists and curators, and the chance to work with a gallery towards a public exhibition or project. The programme aims to intervene at a critical moment to support early-career artists in the transition from art school to professional practice.

Speaking about Mitchell’s selection, Rafal Zajko said, "Mitchell's mixture of technical competence and difficult subject matter (toxic masculinity, lad culture) stood out from the selection. I feel the extra year-long support that Acme offers

will be used to its fullest potential and will be curious to see how his practice evolves - definitely one to watch!" Award donor, Chris Jermyn commented that “Mitchell was an ideal winner of the award, given his determination to have a career as an artist and contemporary relevance of his work”.

The selection panel comprised of the artist and previous Chelsea BA Award recipient, Rafal Zajko, Lea O’Loughlin (Head of Residencies & Awards, Acme) and Charlie Coffey (Residencies & Awards Manager, Acme).  

The Jonathan Harvey Award is a partnership between Acme, the Tomart Foundation and University of the Arts London. 

Since 1972, Acme has provided affordable homes, studio space, residencies and awards to fine artists. By providing the space, time, finance and opportunity we aim to promote the development of art and artists’ careers.

Cora Seghal Cuthbert selected for the City & Guilds of London School of Art Award 2018/19

20.07.2018

Cora Cuthbert has been selected for the City & Guilds of London School of Art Award from a shortlist of six by a panel including the artist Andrew Grassie. The other shortlisted artists were: Megan Elliott, Matteo Santacroce, Leonie Silye and Maria Positano.

As part of the Acme Graduate Programme, the award offers one final-year MA student from City & Guilds of London School of Art a studio for one year, bursary of £7,000, mentoring from invited artists and curators, and the chance to work with a gallery towards a public exhibition or project. The programme aims to intervene at a critical moment to support early-career artists in the transition from art school to professional practice.

Speaking about Cora’s selection, Andrew said, "Cora has been an original voice throughout her time at City and Guilds of London Art School. Through an eclectic range of visual responses and recorded interventions, she has cleverly articulated a personal eulogy to the East End of London. This will be a fantastic opportunity for Cora to further research and respond to the environment around the studio in Stratford.”

The selection panel comprised of the artist and visiting lecturer Andrew Grassie, Tamiko O’Brien (Principal, City & Guilds) and Charlie Coffey (Residencies & Awards Manager, Acme).

The City & Guilds London School of Art Award is a partnership between Acme and City & Guilds London School of Art.

Since 1972, Acme has provided affordable homes, studio space, residencies and awards to fine artists. By providing the space, time, finance and opportunity we aim to promote the development of art and artists’ careers.

Greta Davies selected for the Adrian Carruthers Award 2018/19

16.07.2018

Greta Davies has been selected for the Adrian Carruthers Award from a shortlist of six by the artist Jo Brennan. The other shortlisted artists were: Gabriela Giroletti, Rowland Hill, Solveig Settemsdal, Flurina Sokoll and Karolina Stellaki.

As part of the Acme Graduate Programme, the award offers one final-year MA student from the Slade School of Fine Art a studio for one year, bursary of £7,000, mentoring from invited artists and curators, and the chance to work with a gallery towards a public exhibition or project. The programme aims to intervene at a critical moment to support early-career artists in the transition from art school to professional practice.

Commenting on Greta’s selection, Jo said, "Such brilliant and accomplished work by all six shortlisted artists made it almost impossible to select one. After much consideration, the award went to Greta Davies. The depth of engagement and vibrancy of Greta’s work immediately struck me. Her bold use of coloured vinyl, projection and text to map the spaces we are constantly moving through or perhaps overlook. This felt like an exciting moment in the development of her work and vital time to support her practice to grow in confidence and scale.  Studio time and mentoring, as well as financial assistance, will be invaluable in opening up new ideas and opportunities for her work to thrive in and build the support structure needed to sustain her future career.”

The selection panel comprised of the artist and lecturer Jo Bruton, Lea O’Loughlin (Head of Residencies & Awards, Acme) and Charlie Coffey (Residencies & Awards Manager, Acme).

The Adrian Carruthers Award is a partnership between Acme and the Slade School of Fine Art, funded by Acme and the Adrian Carruthers Memorial Fund.

Since 1972, Acme has provided affordable homes, studio space, residencies and awards to fine artists. By providing the space, time, finance and opportunity we aim to promote the development of art and artists’ careers.

Marylyn Molisso selected for the Helen Scott Lidgett Award 2018/19

11.07.2018

Marylyn Molisso has been selected for the Helen Scott Lidgett Award from a shortlist of six by artist selector Maeve Brennan. The other shortlisted artists were: Jolanta Basova, Tiffany Howe, Max Stanley, Emma Starkey and Çağlar Tahiroğlu.

As part of the Acme Graduate Programme, the award offers one final-year MA student from Central Saint Martins a studio for one year, bursary of £7,000, mentoring from invited artists and curators, and the chance to work with a gallery towards a public exhibition or project. The programme aims to intervene at a critical moment to support early-career artists in the transition from art school to professional practice.

Speaking about Marylyn’s degree show work, Maeve said, "Marylyn's work is ambitious and compelling, dealing with urgent issues around anxiety. Her commitment and inventiveness stood out, through her impressive large-scale sculptural installations and their intimate attention to detail. In a time when space is hard to come by, the residency will provide Marylyn with the support and resources she needs at a critical point in the development of her practice."

The selection panel consisted of artist Maeve Brennan, family representative Aaron Scott Lidgett, Lea O’Loughlin (Head of Residencies & Awards, Acme) and Charlie Coffey (Residencies & Awards Manager, Acme).

The Helen Scott Lidgett Award is a partnership between Acme and Central Saint Martins, funded by Acme and the Helen Scott Lidgett Fund.

Since 1972, Acme has provided affordable homes, studio space, residencies and awards to fine artists. By providing the space, time, finance and opportunity we aim to promote the development of art and artists’ careers.

Current Vacancy: Communications Manager (3 days/week)

05.04.2018

We are recruiting for a permanent 3 days/week role supporting Acme’s Head of Projects and Communications who is transitioning from communications to a property development role.

The Communications Manager will work collaboratively across the whole organisation to support the timely and effective delivery of cyclical and ad-hoc communications projects, as well as identifying future communications opportunities across the organisation. The role involves daily functional tasks and engaging across different channels from press releases to digital content.

For further information please visit Current Vacancies
 

Current Vacancy: Accounts Administrator (3 days/week)

03.04.2018

We are recruiting for a permanent 3 days/week role supporting Acme’s Head of Finance and Resources.

In order to benefit artists through the provision of secure part-time employment consistent with the organisation’s charitable purposes, the post is being promoted to practising non-commercial fine artists.

For more information visit Current Vacancies.

Acme Artist Housing - open for applications

26.03.2018

Applications are being received for three residential artist studios at High House Artists’ Studios, Purfleet, RM19 1TT. The units form part of Acme's Artist Housing Programme which makes available up to 22 residential artist studios at a fixed monthly rent for five years, across three sites in Lambeth, Tower Hamlets and Thurrock.

Since it was founded in 1972, Acme has provided pioneering work/live opportunities for artists. The Artist Housing Programme aims to provide artists with greater financial security and predictability. Applications are welcome from artists from across the UK who have been making work for five years or more who can demonstrate both a financial and practical need and a potential transformational impact on their career.

Each residential studio at High House measures 52 square metres in total divided into an area approximately the size of a small double bedroom, a bathroom with shower, a kitchen with electric hob, oven, microwave and fridge; and a large open plan work/live area.
The rent for each residential studio is £600 per calendar month fixed for the length of the five year tenancy. This includes any business rates (on the studio element), building insurance, water, maintenance, communal electricity and cleaning, caretaking and management.

The residential studios are located on the top floor of a new-build development, High House Artists' Studios which opened in 2013, containing 40 purpose-built artists’ studios managed by Acme.

The building is located within the High House Production Park, a world-class centre for technical skills, crafts and artistic production and sits next to the Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop. Other buildings in the park include the Royal Opera House Costume Centre, the National Skills Academy Creative & Cultural Backstage Training Centre, the High House barns which provide meeting and exhibition spaces, and a café in the old stable building.

Closing Date for applications: 5pm Monday 14 May 

For more information and to apply: www.acme.org.uk/housing

 

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