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'Firestation' by William Raban

In 1996 we commissioned William Raban to make a film about our newly-purchased building in Gillender Street, E14 and its transformation from a derelict fire station into studio and work/live accommodation for artists. Firestation alludes to the history of the building through the use of photographic archive material and memories recorded on the soundtrack.

The 26-minute film, with sound by David Cunningham, includes fire performances by Paul Burwell, black and white images of the reconstruction by John Riddy and work by three artists who worked and lived there – Lindsay Seers, Marty St. James and Barbara Tyrrell.

The film also includes a recording of Snakes and Ladders, a work commissioned from Station House Opera, performed across the rear elevation of the building over successive evenings, to mark the formal opening of the building.

Still from 'Firestation' by William Raban (2000)

Still from 'Firestation' by William Raban (2000)

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Between 1996 and 2012 Acme received £3.2m of capital funding from Arts Council England which supported the creation of six permanent affordable studios in London: Copperfield Road, Fire Station, Galleria, Harrow Road, Leven Road and Matchmakers Wharf. This resulted in 186 studios and 12 work/live units in four London boroughs.