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40th Anniversary Calendar

This calendar lists some of the events and activities taking place during our anniversary year, including the opening of three new buildings, the launch of new residencies and awards, artist commissions and the archive exhibition of Acme’s first decade (1972 to 1982) at the Whitechapel Gallery.

 

7 September 2013 to 23 February 2014

Archive Display at the Whitechapel Gallery, London E1.
Focusing on the early years of Acme from 1972-1982, this archive exhibition, developed together with the Whitechapel, gathers photographs, moving images and other material to chart the pioneering early years of the organisation. Whitechapel Gallery, Pat Matthews Gallery (Gallery 4).

28 to 29 September

Harrow Road Open Studios
Our Harrow Road site in Kensal Green, NW10 is a new-build studio block as part of a mixed-used develpment which opened in 2010. An artist-initiated event in celebration of Acme’s 40th.

September

The Fire Station Project - A Publication
Launch of publication to celebrate the centenary of the opening of the original Fire Station, 30 Gillender Street, E14, and the 50 artists who have participated in Acme’s work/live programme since we purchased, restored and converted the building in 1996.

Completion of new studios at Warton House, E15
Opening of 24 ground and first floor studios in a landmark 1930s building, part of a major mixed-use development in partnership with Genesis Housing Association.

October

Launch of two year-long studio awards for recent graduates at Warton House, E15: the Goldsmith MFA Fine Art Studio Award, supported by the Astaire Award and ISA Charity Grant and the Helen Scott Lidgett Award, in partnership with Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and supported by the Helen Scott Lidgett Fund.

Launch of the Central Saint Martins (CSM) Recent Graduate Studio Programme, developed in collaboration with Double agents, as part of Acme’s new studio development in the UAL Hall of Residence: The Glassyard building, in Stockwell, SW9.

Postcard from my Studio at the Acme Project Space, London E2
An invitation exhibition by Acme artists which gathers together responses to the life and experience of the studio.

November

Stephen Cripps’ Archive Exhibition, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
Running concurrently with the archive display at the Whitechapel Gallery, The Henry Moore Institute will be presenting a display of the Stephen Cripps’ Archive. Cripps died in 1982 at the age of 29 and ‘exhibited’ regularly at The Acme Gallery. Sculpture Study Galleries, Leeds Art Gallery, 21 November 2013 to 17 February 2014.

 

Previous Events

2013

August

Completion of thirty ground and lower ground floor studios at The Glassyard building, SW9
Part of a new-build development of student accommodation for University of the Arts London.

July

Completion of High House Artists’ Studios, Purfleet, Essex
Opening of 39 new-build studios and four work/live units at High House Production Park (HHPP) and announcement of first Stephen Cripps’ Studio Award recipient.

15 to 16 June

Galleria Open Studios
Our Galleria site in Peckham, SE15 was Acme's first new-build studio block which opened in 2006. An artist-initiated event in celebration of Acme’s 40th.

8 to 26 May

‘Adjacent Practice Colliding Daily’ Ninna Bohn Pedersen, RafaÅ‚ Zajko and Guests, Acme Project Space, E2
An experimental collaboration between Acme artists Ninna Bohn Pedersen (Adrian Carruthers Award), Rafał Zajko (Chelsea Studio Award) and curators Anna Clifford, Matan Daube, Katherine Finerty, Dunya Kalantery, Gregory Leńczuk and Victor Wang (RCA Curating Contemporary Art).

26 to 28 April

Robinson Road Open Studios
Our Robinson Road site in Bethnal Green, E2 has been providing studios for artists since 1981. An artist-initiated event in celebration of Acme’s 40th.

April

Jessica Wilkes Award
Fourth year-long studio award for Acme artist Clare Price begins. A major professional development opportunity in memory of the Acme artist Jessica Wilkes who died in November 2005 at the age of 56.

2012

17 November to 16 December

Exhibition – Roger Kite, Acme Project Space, E2
Survey exhibition of long-serving staff member and painter who has sustained his practice, like many of Acme’s staff, throughout his time with the organisation, having joined the team in 1978. Roger will be leaving Acme next year to pursue his own work full-time.

November onwards

40th Anniversary Commissions
Twelve works, one for each month of 2013, commissioned from current Acme artists and presented on the website. The series is launched with a previous (1984) commissioned work by ex-Acme artists Jock McFadyen RA.

Portraits of over 30 current Acme artists and their studios will be presented online in a major visual essay by Hugo Glendinning.

20 October to 11 November

Time & Vision: New work from Australian artists – Bargehouse, SE1
A major exhibition celebrating 20 years of Australia Council for the Arts London Residencies hosted by Acme as part of our International Residencies Programme.

25 October to 11 November

Chadwell Award: Joss Cole, Acme Project Space, E2
Exhibition by 2011-12 award-holder and welcome to new recipient, Maaike Anne Stevens, MFA graduate from Goldsmiths, University of London.

25 September 2012

Opening of Matchmakers Wharf, E9
Launch of 49 new-build studios as part of a mixed-use development in partnership with Telford Homes Plc and supported by London Borough of Hackney and capital funding from Arts Council England. Welcome to first Hackney Studio Residency artist David Murphy.

29 September 2012

Graduate Studios – 165 Childers Street, SE8
Studio event to mark the end of year-long residencies of four recent graduates: Adrian Carruthers Award: Luke McCreadie; Chadwell Award: Joss Cole; Camberwell Award: Josie Cockram and Chelsea Award: Anna Moderato.

4 to 21 October

Adrian Carruthers Award: Luke McCreadie, Acme Project Space
Exhibition by 2011-12 award-holder and welcome to new recipient, Ninna Bohn Pederson. Celebration of 10 years of the award for Slade School of Art graduates.

2013

Throughout the year

Artist-initiated events at Acme buildings
A range of events proposed by Acme artists, either individually or collectively, happening across Acme’s buildings.

Roger Kite 'Pathways' at the Acme Project Space. Photo: Julia Lancaster (2012)

Roger Kite 'Pathways' at the Acme Project Space. Photo: Julia Lancaster (2012)

Joss Cole 'What's Outside the Window?' at the Acme Project Space. Photo: Acme Studios (2012)

Joss Cole 'What's Outside the Window?' at the Acme Project Space. Photo: Acme Studios (2012)

'Blob-content' by Luke McCreadie (Adrian Carruthers Award 2011-2012) at the Acme Project Space October 2012. Photo: Luke McCreadie (2012)

'Blob-content' by Luke McCreadie (Adrian Carruthers Award 2011-2012) at the Acme Project Space October 2012. Photo: Luke McCreadie (2012)

Australian High Commisioner John Dauth speaking at launch of Time and Vision at the Barghouse. Photo: Hydar Dewachi (2012)

Australian High Commisioner John Dauth speaking at launch of Time and Vision at the Barghouse. Photo: Hydar Dewachi (2012)

Anna Moderato (Chelsea Studio Award 2011-2012) in performance at Graduate Studio Event September 2012. Photo: Acme Studios (2012)

Anna Moderato (Chelsea Studio Award 2011-2012) in performance at Graduate Studio Event September 2012. Photo: Acme Studios (2012)

Moira Sinclair, Executive Director Arts Council England, London; Mayor Jules Pipe, Hackney Council and David Murphy, Hackney Studio Residency at opening of Matchmakers Wharf September 2012. Photo: Greg Goodale (2012)

Moira Sinclair, Executive Director Arts Council England, London; Mayor Jules Pipe, Hackney Council and David Murphy, Hackney Studio Residency at opening of Matchmakers Wharf September 2012. Photo: Greg Goodale (2012)

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