Associate Artist Residency
Since 1987 Acme Studios' International Residencies Programme has enabled governments, cultural agencies, foundations and businesses to offer individuals major work/live residencies in London.
In response to increasing requests from artists we created the Associate Artist Residency (AAR). AAR operates alongside our current International Residency Programme and allows artists to apply directly to Acme for London residency opportunities for one, two or three months.
Associate Artist Residencies are tailored to suit the networking needs of international artists, allowing them to research, develop relationships and focus on their work in a supported environment. The programme is open to visual artists, resident in any country outside of England. Residencies can be developed around a particular project or conceived of as networking and contacts focused.
Artists please note: The Associate Artist Residency Programme is fully scheduled. We are no longer accepting applications for this programme.
Virginia Bradley (USA)
2 September 2013 – 29 November 2013
Virginia Bradley is simultaneously a traveller, collector and observer. Images from the natural world and observed cultures are often source. The use of printmaking and mixed media in her painting practice creates a dialogue between the printed image, the natural handmade mark and the alchemy of disparate materials, serving to question the history, origin, meaning and authenticity of the image.
During her London residency Virginia is pursuing a series of large-scale works on kahdi paper based on research conducted in the archives of the London Zoological Society, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum. The research and studio work she is undertaking continues several avenues of enquiry: representation of animals and their habitat in historical artefacts, plights of animals and man interacting with natural phenomena, constructing and interfacing relationships between colonialism and contemporary culture, and the history of alchemy as an active ingredient in the transformation of a work of art.
The main focus of Virginia’s residency is to seek critical feedback and discussion about her work, and to gain an understanding of current art practice in London. She will conclude her residency with an exhibition at the Acme Project Space in Bethnal Green during December 2013.
Virginia Bradley Artist Mentors:
Tony Pantone, Managing Director, Albemarle Gallery
Matt Roberts, Director, Matt Roberts Arts
Ziba Ardalan, Director, Parasol Unit
Lucy Newman Cleeve, Director, Man&Eve Gallery
Rebecca Hicks, Director, Purdy Hicks
Veronica Caven Aldous (Australia)
2 April 2013 - 26 April 2013
'I am interested in phenomenological experience. My floor-based installations are exhibited in dark space with the emphasis on the beauty and the spatial effect of coloured light. The source of the light is usually toys, bike lights, low voltage light box screens and recycled light fittings – it is obvious and low-tech. The intent is to play with the idea of stimulating diverse contemporary metaphors of light. The individual pieces have no obvious narrative. The light used is not a large immersion experience but is more playful and ambiguous in form and intent. The light often slowly changes in colour, creating a sense of flux with an artificial reference to sunrises and sunsets.
'Recently I have focused on aligning my works with the true cardinal points on the floor, to subvert the actual architecture and reference a building space that acknowledges the real position of the sun; setting up a passive solar space within the current space (see Images 1-4 below). Playing with artificial light objects has generated a growing interest in real light and our relationship to the sun.'
Veronica Aldous Artist Mentors:
Cliff Lauson, Curator, Hayward Gallery
Laurent Louyer, Creative Director, Creatmosphere
Dianne Harris, Director, Kinetica
David Ogle, Artist
Nathaniel Rackowe, Artist
Caitlin Yardley (Australia)
3 September 2012 - 26 October 2012
Caitlin completed an MA (Visual Arts) at Edith Cowan University, Perth in 2007. In 2011, she received an International Post-Graduate Scholarship through Goldsmiths to complete a Master of Fine Arts. Her work was recently showcased in the Goldsmiths Master of Fine Arts Degree Show in July 2012. Her studies were supported through an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant; the Australia Cultural Fund through the Australian Business Arts Foundation; the AMA Foundation; and Wesfarmers. Caitlin’s forthcoming residency is supported by a fellowship from the Western Australian Department of Culture and the Arts.
Caitlin has exhibited throughout Australia and overseas since 2004, including her recent solo project 'An Intimate Distance' at Venn Gallery, Perth. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions, and projects at spaces including Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts; Monash University, Melbourne; Andara Gallery, Jakarta; Fremantle Arts Centre; and Artrage, Perth.
Caitlin explains: 'My current work takes the form of installations involving painting, sculptural objects, and documents. Through the collision and proximity between things, I am looking to admit the complexities of historical materials and their forces. I am interested in working with history as not only retrospective but as rooted in and affecting a current situation/existence.'
'I am interested in the point where subjective experience breaks from the universal. I see myself as a condition for this work, and the work is a simulacrum of my current cultural and geographical context. This series draws various histories, including my own, into the work, with the intention to alter and diverge the distances between ideological surfaces.'
Caitlin Yardley Artist Mentors:
Danielle Arnaud, Director, Danielle Arnaud Gallery
Honor Beddard, Curator, Freud Museum
Rose Le Jeune, Freelance Curator
Soraya Rodriguez, Freelance Curator
Karen Alexander Freelance Curator and Senior Tutor, Curating Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art
Matt Roberts, Director, Matt Roberts Arts
John Mateer (Australia)
2 April 2012 - 29 June 2012
Arts writer and critic John Mateer was the inaugural recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts London arts writer residency. John has published several collections of poems. Barefoot Speech won the 2001 C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry and Loanwords was shortlisted for the 2002 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards. He was also a recipient of the Centenary Medal for his contributions to Australian literature. Mateer was granted a fellowship to travel to Indonesia and later published a non-fiction travelogue entitled Semar’s Cave: an Indonesian Journal. His latest publications are a book of poems about the Portuguese Empire, Southern Barbarians and a selection from more than a decade’s work, Elsewhere.
John's residency included panel discussion, 'There is no global' on 30 May featuring invited Australian artists in conversation about the current economic climate for Australian artists abroad, made possible through collaboration with The Menzies Centre for Australian Studies and Goodenough College.
John Mateer Panel Discussion:
Dr Ian Henderson (Chair) The Menzies Centre for Australian Studios, Kings College London
Deej Fabyc, Artist
Paul Kinght, Artist
Katrina Schwarz, Curator
Christian Thompson, Artist
Vishwa Shroff (India)
14 December 2011 - 14 March 2012
Vishwa Shroff has a multifaceted practice. Working primarily from diaries and sketchbooks, she constantly observes her environment, often focusing on the mundane and trivial to explore the idiosyncrasies that are particular to each environment she inhabits. Her drawings and writings reveal stories of her everyday encounters of life with an edge of fun and absurdity.
A geographical magpie, Vishwa has previously studied art in India and the United Kingdom (where she also trained as a Cordon Bleu chef), lived in the United States of America and participated in artistic residencies in India, Japan and France.
During her time in London, Vishwa explored London's nooks and crannies, our way of life and the peculiarities of our language. Her residency culminated in an exhibition 'One Eye! Two Eyes! Three Eyes!' at the Acme Project Space from 1-11 March 2012.
Vishwa Shroff Artist Mentors:
Matt Roberts, Director, Matt Roberts Arts
Karen Alexander, Freelance Curator and Senior Tutor, Curating Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art
Mark Jackson, Curator, IMT Gallery
Cathy Lomax, Director, Transmission Gallery
Keith H. Doyle and Evann Siebens (Canada)
3 May 2011 - 27 May 2011
Although both artists have individual practices their residency in London concerned their collaborative film work. A former dancer and dance filmmaker Evann is a media artist, concerned with translating three-dimensional movement to the screen while Keith’s sculptural and design approach is concerned with capitalising on associative meaning in images and design objects. Recent collaborative projects include; 'containR' – a mobile film festival housed in two stacked, customised shipping containers as part of Vancouver’s 2009 Winter Olympics Cultural Olympiad and 'IcarusCar' a collaborative 3-channel media sculptural installation which explores the myth of Icarus and Molt Taylor’s flying Aerocar.
The focus of this residency was to meet peers, curators and fellow artists to discuss media art developments, to locate the artists' practice within a London context and research for future projects. During the residency the artists exhibited 'IcarusCar' at Hotshoe Gallery, London EC1N.
Evann Siebens & Keith Doyle Artist Mentors:
Mark Nash, Head of Programme, Curating Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art
Benjamin Cook, Director, LUX
Paul Bayley, Director, The Florence Trust
Kirsty Ogg, Curator, Whitechapel Gallery
Katrina Schwarz, Curator Visual Arts, British Council
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