Acme, supporting artists since 1972

Hessische Kulturstiftung, Germany

Acme Studios has managed a residency programme on behalf of Hessische Kulturstiftung since 1995, when Acme purchased and project managed the renovation and furnishing of a terraced house in Lyal Road, Bow, E3, securing for Hessische a long-term capital gain investment.

The house was refurbished to offer visiting artists extensive living accommodation, with a studio on the ground floor.

Hessische Kulturstiftung residencies are awarded to artists for a period of 12 months. The size of the accommodation enables the artist to bring their family or dependants for the length of the residency.

Based in a residential area populated by many artists, the house is well situated for access to other arts spaces and central London and has provided a sound base for the residency programme. 


Current artist: Lea Letzal

Residency awards are open to all artists from Germany. Applications and selection are dealt with directly by Hessische Kulturstiftung. For further information and application details see


Lyal Road home of the Hessische Kulturstiftung residencies. Photo: Acme Studios (2012)

Lyal Road home of the Hessische Kulturstiftung 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.