Acme, supporting artists since 1972

Artist Housing Programme

The Acme Artist Housing Programme makes available up to 22 residential artist studios at a fixed monthly rent for five years. The single rent for both a studio and a home aims to provide artists with greater financial security and predictability, allowing them to plan and concentrate on developing their practice. Unlike a standard flat, the residential artist studios have been specifically designed as spaces in which to work, with the living component a secondary feature.

The Programme is for artists across the UK who have been making work for five years or more. Artists should demonstrate both a financial and practical need and a potential transformational impact on their career. Applications will open around six months prior to the start of each tenancy.

  • Six at Glassyard, Stockwell, SW9: October 2017 - 2022.
    Applications open until 12 noon, Friday 12 May, 2017
  • Four at High House, Purfleet, RM19: October 2018 - 2023.
    Applications open: March 2018
  • 12 at the Fire Station, Poplar, E14: April 2020 - 2025.
    Applications open: September 2019


Please read the Guidelines and FAQs before starting your application. You can save and return to your form at any point once you have entered your email address.



If you are successful with your application and are offered a residential artist studio on this programme Acme will require you to sign a contracted-out business tenancy limited for the five years of your occupancy.

Fire Station, Poplar, E14. Photo: Hugo Glendinning (2014)

Fire Station, Poplar, E14. Photo: Hugo Glendinning (2014)

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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.