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Fire Station Work/Live Exchange
Left: Acme Studios Fire Station, London, E14. Right: Fire Station Artists' Studios, Dublin 1
Left: Acme Studios Fire Station, London, E14. Right: Fire Station Artists' Studios, Dublin 1

We are pleased to announce that following an initiative by artists currently on Acme’s Fire Station programme, an exchange work/live residency will take place with the Fire Station Artists’ Studios in Dublin in July 2013.

The exchange will provide a rent-free work/live space for one month and a bursary for travel and project funding. In addition Acme will help provide curatorial support, access to galleries and networking opportunities.

The artist selected from the Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Maria McKinney, studied at the University of Ulster, Belfast. In 2009 she was the recipient of the Dublin City Council Red Stables emerging artist residency and subsequently completed a self-directed residency at the Banff Centre, Canada, awarded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. In 2012 her installation Somewhere but here, another other place was included in the inaugural exhibition at The MAC, Northern Ireland’s flagship visual arts venue.

While in London Maria intends to research a body of work that considers the ritual aspect of recreation and how this has succeeded previously religious exercises in our day-to-day activities. Focusing particularly on table-top games such as Warhammer, she intends to research the tapestries that depict epic clashes from history, as well as the intricate patterns found in Islamic and Indian textiles, held in collections in London’s V&A and British Museum.

In tandem, the artist from Acme’s Fire Station, Sue Corke collaborating with Hagen Betzweiser, will take up the reciprocal work/live residency in Dublin.

We are pleased to be working with the Fire Station Artists’ Studios in Dublin ( on this work/live exchange as part of Acme Studios’ Residency, Awards & Community Programme. Awarding selected UK-based artists with studio residencies, bursaries, professional mentoring and exhibiting opportunities adds to Acme’s core service of studio provision. These programmes are some of the most directly supportive for artists anywhere in the UK and a number involve much-valued support from partner organisations. At any one time over 20 artists benefit from this support.

Acme has run an innovative work/live programme for artists in a converted fire station in East London since 1997. The programme, one of the most supportive in the UK, has helped over 50 artists, with many going on to achieve significant national and international reputations.

For further information contact Julia Lancaster – Residency & Projects Manager, Acme Studios.

Acme Artists Studios Limited 44 Copperfield Road, Bow, London E3 4RR
T 020 8981 6811 E W
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