Acme, supporting artists since 1972

Aargauer Kuratorium, Switzerland

Following the success of the Landis & Gyr residency programme and an endorsement from the Swiss Embassy, Aargauer Kuratorium chose Acme to develop a London-based artists' residency. The programme began in 1999, with Aargauer Kuratorium renting a work/live space in Commercial Road through Acme.

In 2005, the residency moved to a work/live unit in the Fire Station in Poplar, E14. The residency has since moved to Bow in East London close to residencies from Australia, Germany, Sweden and Quebec.

Visiting artists taking up the Aargauer residency benefit from the networks they gain from working within a wider community of artists. 


Current artist: Silvan Schmid

Residencies are available, usually for a period of six months, to Swiss artists. Applications and selection are dealt with directly by Aargauer Kuratorium. For further information and application details see

Bow Quarter home to the Aargauer Kuratorium residencies. Photo: Acme Studios (2012)

Bow Quarter home to the Aargauer Kuratorium residencies. Photo: Acme Studios (2012)

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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.