Graduate studio at Warton House home to the Chelsea Studio Award, Goldsmiths Studio Award and Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award. Photo: Fiona Haggerty (2014)
Acme's newest building, Warton House in Stratford, E15 is open and fully occupied. The building contains 24 ground and first floor studios in a landmark 1930s building. The studios form part of a large mixed-use development including residential, retail and commercial space. Refurbished to current building standards, the studios have heating, large windows, a lift and level access throughout.
Warton House is also the new home to four of Acme's studio awards: Adrian Carruthers Studio Award (Slade School of Art, UCL), Chelsea Studio Award, Goldsmiths Studio Award and Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award (Central Saint Martins).
"The Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award is an immensely valuable award for our students, gifting them the continuity to develop their work at a crucial time and the space to establish their practice professionally and to share their work with a wider community." - Louisa Minkin, Course Leader MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins
The year-long graduate studio awards have been carefully developed with Acme’s partners to provide a valuable and effective bridge between college and professional practice. The awards offer professional input through mentoring and studio visits and are located in adjoining spaces in order to naturally promote peer support. Each award provides a rent-free studio for 12 months plus a stipend of £2,500 - £6,000 per year.
The four awards form part of Acme's Residency and Awards Programme which offers a range of programmes including work/live and studio bursary and residency schemes. These programmes are some of the most directly supportive for artists anywhere in the UK.