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Fire Station Work/Live Residency Programme 5 - 12 artists announced
Artists from Programme 4 outside their units at the rear of the Fire Station. Photo: Hugo Glendinning (2014)
Artists from Programme 4 outside their units at the rear of the Fire Station. Photo: Hugo Glendinning (2014)

The artists selected for Acme Studios’ Fire Station Work/Live Residency Programme 5 (2015-2020) are: Aaron Angell, Holly Antrum, Leah Capaldi, Lucy Clout, Samantha Donnelly, Alex Frost, Seth Guy, Richard Healy, Rizwan Mirza, Geraldine Swayne, Michelle Ussher and Lucy Woodhouse.

The programme is designed to provide a breathing space for artists enabling them to plan ahead with greater certainty, supporting the development of their practice at a time when it is most needed. The programme provides low-cost work/live space for 12 artists from April 2015 until March 2020 and is one the most supportive schemes for professional artists in the UK.

165 applications from across the UK were submitted and the final selection made, from a shortlist of 25, by the panel consisting of Julia Lancaster (Acme Studios’ Residency and Projects Manager), Erika Tan and Ben Cove who are both practicing artists and former Fire Station tenants.

Ben Cove explains, “I was not at all surprised that there was such a high number of applicants as the security of five years in a subsidised work/live space is almost impossible to come by. The overall standard of applicants was very high and selecting 12 was not easy. As someone who sat on the other side of the interview table 10 years ago, I’m fully aware of what this will mean to those selected.”

The Fire Station Work/Live Residency Programme is one part of Acme’s Residency & Awards Programme which this year will help and support 27 UK-based artists. The wide range of programmes include subsidised work/live units, cash bursaries, artist exchanges, purpose-built subsidised and rent-free studios for recent graduates, as well as mentoring, advice and exhibition opportunities.

As a previous beneficiary, Ben Cove understands that the Fire Station “is invaluable to many artists who work hard to maintain and build their practices while meeting the ever increased costs of living and working in the capital”.

Short biographies and examples of each of the 12 artists selected for the Fire Station Programme 5 (2015-2020) can be found at:


Acme Studios is a London-based charity that provides artists with affordable studios and living space, residencies and awards. Since 1997, over 50 artists have benefitted from Acme’s Fire Station Work/Live Residencies:

Programme 1 (1997 - 2001): Edward Allington, Helena Ben-Zenou, Gillian Blease, Paul Burwell, Martin Creed, Permindar Kaur, Kypros Kyprianou, Marty St. James, Noel Paine, Lindsay Seers, Virgil Tracy, Barbara Tyrrell and Joanna Woodward.

Programme 2 (2001 - 2005): John Askew, Sonia Baka, Stephen Conning, Stevie Deas, Paul Harrison, Laurence Harvey, Kevin Heavey, Elizabeth LeMoine, Gordon McKenna, Pat Naldi, Hayley Newman, Stuart Parkinson, Tim Sanderson, Jack Southern, Erika Tan and Aaron Williamson.

Programme 3 (2005 - 2010): Briony Anderson, Kate Broad, Ben Cove, Lisa Cheung, Maggie Hills, Robert Holyhead, Lizzie Hughes, Riccardo Iacono, Samson Kambalu, Damien Roach, Jack Southern and Ming Wong.

Programme 4 (2010-2015): Briony Anderson, Gemma Anderson, Kate Atkin, Jonathan Baldock, George Charman, Melanie Clifford, Dan Coopey, Susan Corke, Robin Footitt, Haroon Mirza, Matthew Noel-Tod, David Osbaldeston, Sara MacKillop, Emma Smith, Geraldine Swayne and Michelle Ussher.

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