Ruby Wroe selected for inaugural Jonathan Harvey Studio Award
The Jonathan Harvey Studio Award is a new graduate award set up in partnership with the Tomart Foundation.
Ruby Wroe who graduated in BA Photography from Camberwell College of Art has been selected as the inaugural recipient. Her work uses the body as a sponge of social relations to explore what is conventionally edited out of art to make work that resists classification and commodification. Speaking about her award Ruby said: "I am so pleased to be the first recipient of the Jonathan Harvey Studio Award. It will enable me to have the time and space to focus on developing my artistic practice. The studio will mean I can continue to be in dialogue with other graduates about our research and ideas."
Ruby was selected by a panel including artist Clare Price who said: "It was a very difficult decision for the panel as the standard of the applications was exceptionally high. Ruby's vigour and enthusiasm, both personally and in her practice was impressive. Her intentions with the work are both critically and socially engaged, with a sense that intriguing connections would occur, both with other artists and with her environment. We are excited to see what she does with this opportunity."
Jonathan Harvey co-founded Acme Studios with David Panton in 1972. As a fine art graduate he keenly understood the needs of artists and Acme has been responsible for some of the most pioneering schemes in enabling artists and fine art graduates to continue their practice in the capital. Jonathan retired as Acme’s Chief Executive at the beginning of 2016 and it is fitting that this award, aimed at graduates as part of Acme’s wider Residency & Awards Programme continues that legacy into the future. The Tomart Foundation, is a fledgling foundation supporting the creative arts sector and in particular those who may face additional challenges due to economic hardship at an early stage in their careers. The award provides the selected artist with a 12 month rent-free studio, bursary and mentor/artist visits.
Ruth Waters selected for 2016/17 Goldsmiths MFA Studio Award
Ruth Waters has been selected for the 2016/17 Goldsmiths MFA Studio Award, a partnership award funded by Jane Hamlyn, Acme and ISA Charity through the Artisa Foundation.
Speaking about the award Ruth said: "I feel incredibly fortunate to have received this award. Leaving a degree programme can be very difficult and I am looking forward to sharing a space with other artists who are also in the same situation so we can continue a dialogue about our practice together."
Panel member and artist David Batchelor explained the decision to select Ruth: "We were all particularly impressed with the way Ruth wove a variety of media - moving and still image, written text and spoken narrative, as well as colour, smell and taste - into a seamless evocation of a corporate 'self-improvement' environment. The result was a thoughtful commentary on a contemporary cultural phenomenon that managed to be at once seductive and sinister."
This is the fourth year of the Goldsmiths MFA Studio Award which forms part of Acme's Residency & Awards Programme. The award will provide Ruth with a rent-free shared studio, a bursary of £6,000 as well as mentoring/studio visits.
Bo Choy selected for student-initiated Chelsea BA Studio Award
Speaking about the selection, panel member and artist Briony Anderson said: "Bo’s work stood out for me in its approach to ideas around the unreliability of memory and the complexities of recollection. Her narration, part fiction, part personal, but stemming from real events, was woven through video, hand-drawn animation, objects and performance; all the strands of her work impressively bound together in a sensitive and compelling way. I am intrigued to see how this work develops in the studio over the coming year."
Bo will receive a 12-month rent-free Acme studio, a bursary of £5,000 and professional mentoring throughout the year.
Bo said of receiving the award: "Having a studio space will be hugely beneficial as I’ll be able to use the space for making objects, for films or performances, and for hand-drawn animation. I believe that having an ongoing dialogue with other practitioners is hugely important in the development of an artist’s practice. Sharing with other graduates is an exciting part of the award, not least because this aspect of studio-sharing and work environment will be greatly missed after graduation."
The Chelsea BA Studio Award was initiated by students at the college in 2009 and candidates are shortlisted from final year BA Fine Art students by the student body. The award is located in Acme’s Warton House studios in Stratford in a purpose-built studio designed to naturally promote peer support. Bo will work alongside seven other recent Acme graduate award holders.
Josh Berry receives 15th Adrian Carruthers Studio Award
Josh Berry has been selected for the 2016/17 Adrian Carruthers Studio Award. Acme’s longest-running graduate award, established in memory of former Slade School of Art and Acme tenant Adrian Carruthers, provides practical and developmental support to talented artists at the beginning of their careers.
Speaking about his award Josh said: “I feel like I’ve been gifted a rare opportunity and I am very grateful for it. These past two years at the Slade have been intense and productive ones. I’m looking forward to some time to settle down and refine what I have begun to develop.”
Six graduates are nominated by senior tutors with the recipient selected this year by artist Jane Bustin. Speaking about the decision to select Josh, Jane said: "Josh seemed an extremely instinctive artist, there was a sense of compulsion about the making of the work. The management and relationship between materials and overall aesthetic was beautiful. There was a passion and sensitivity imbedded within the work which was intriguing and illuminating in its choice of materials. I had known Adrian as a student at Portsmouth Polytechnic. He was a deeply committed, passionate, generous and inspirational artist whose work was instinctive, thoughtful, playful and ambitious. I felt sure that Josh was the artist that Adrian would have found interesting and seek to encourage and I feel sure that Josh will value, appreciate and make use of this coming year."
Established in 2002 and financially supported by friends, family and Acme the Adrian Carruthers Studio Award was Acme’s first award dedicated specifically to a recent graduate and forms part of Acme’s Residency & Awards Programme. Josh receives a 12-month rent-free studio and £7,000 bursary. He will work alongside other graduate award holders in a community of peers to encourage mutual support and will also receive mentoring from curators, artists and other arts industry professionals.
Recognising the significant financial and practical challenges faced by recent art graduates in continuing their practice independently, Acme has worked with a range of universities and art colleges to develop a range of graduate awards. These aim to provide the space, time and finance needed to support their continuing practice. Acme's programme will support 27 recent graduate artists this year.
Rethinking our participation: Romeo Gongora in conversation with Juliette Desorgues
Wednesday 27 July, 6.30-8pm
Open School East
43 De Beauvoir Rd, London N1 5SQ
Acme International Residencies Programme and Open School East would like to invite you to join a discussion with our current Canada Council for the Arts artist Romeo Gongora and ICA curator Juliette Desorgues.
Romeo Gongora’s practice explores facets of community experience and blurring lines between life and art. During this event Romeo Gongora and Juliette Desorgues will discuss with the audience the obstacles and challenges faced when creating critical contemporary art projects within the public realm. The conversation will be centred on two projects inspired by artistic initiatives in Quebec in the 1960-70s: Just Watch Me, a gallery converted into a social club, and Commun Commune, a month-long experiment bringing strangers together to experience life in a commune. Both pieces were created as a series of projects that trace the legacy of modernity in Quebec society.
Questions that will be discussed are: How can contemporary art play a role in reconfiguring public space? How does it create a meaningful dialogue and interaction between the art world (in the gallery or in the public space) and the everyday? And how do these two worlds influence one another?
This is an public event and we would like to extend a special invitation to you to attend. There will be the opportunity to have a drink with Romeo, Juliette and fellow attendees afterwards. In order to plan for numbers please RVSP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 6 July if you are planning to attend.
Just Watch Me is a collaborative event based project presented and produced at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery. Commun Commune was a collaborative project with Angéline Desaulniers, Andréanne Martin, My Ta Trung, Camila Vasquez and Cécilia, and made in co-production with 3e Impérial contemporary art center. www.clubjwm.com, www.communcommune.org
Romeo Gongora is a Canadian artist with Guatemalan heritage. In 2005 he completed an MA in visual and media art at Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada. Following completion of his MA, Romeo’s artwork has been internationally shown, exhibitions include Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (Canada), Kin Art Studio (Kinshasa, Congo), HISK (Belgium), CCA - Lagos (Nigeria) and Gallery 44 (Canada). He has also undertaken international residencies including Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (Holland) in 2007 and in 2009, Romeo represented Canada as an artist in residence at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Germany). www.romeogongora.com
Juliette Desorgues is Associate Curator at the Institute for Contemporary Arts (ICA), in London. She recently co-curated the Art into Society – Society into Art Reading Room display which was exhibited at the ICA from January to March 2016. Prior to the ICA she worked at Barbican Art Gallery, London.
Open School East is a space for collaborative learning that brings together a free, non-accredited study programme for artists, and a programme of events, activities and projects devised by and open to all. www.openschooleast.org
Acme Studios International Residencies Programme (Acme IRP) enables international governments, cultural agencies and foundations to offer artists major work/live residencies in London. www.acme.org.uk/international
Kristaps Ancans receives Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award 2016
Central Saint Martins’ MA Fine Arts student Kristaps Ancans has been selected as the fourth recipient of the 2016/17 Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award.
Kristaps was presented with the award by panel member, and Turner Prize nominee, Cathy de Monchaux. Also on the selection panel were Hannah Corbett (Chief Executive, Acme), Aaron Scott Lidgett (Helen Scott Lidgett’s family) and Graham Ellard (Professor Fine Art, Central Saint Martins).
Graham Ellard said: “Kristaps work is restless, unruly and makes familiar forms – from the monument to the painting – strange and disconcerting. Its inventiveness is exciting and its realisation, with a beautiful refinement and attention to detail, is completely assured.”
Describing his process and the award, Kristaps said: “To create my work I use the following methodology – to think rationally about irrational things and irrationally about the rational ones. What is important to me about the award is that it provides not only the space to work but the opportunity to work alomgside other emerging artists in the studio.”
Created in memory of former Governor of University of the Arts London, the Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award aims to provide a bridge between art school and practice. This annual award for graduates of MA Fine Art, MA Art & Science and MA Photography at Central Saint Martins is jointly funded by Acme and Brunswick Arts through the Helen Scott Lidgett Fund. The selected artist receives a rent-free studio for 12 months together with a bursary of £5,000, and the opportunity to access curators, other professional artists and networking opportunities to support their professional development.
The award forms part of Acme’s Residency and Awards Programme and is located in purpose-designed studios at Acme’s Warton House building on the edge of the Olympic Park in Stratford. The selected artist joins other recent graduate awardees in a space designed to encourage peer support and collaboration. The programme will begin in October 2016.
Barry Thompson at PEER
Recipient of Acme's Jessica Wilkes Studio Award 2015-16
Fistful of blood and feathers
Solo show - 3 June to 9 July 2016
97 – 99 Hoxton Street
Drinks reception: Thursday 2 June 6 to 9pm as part of First Thursdays
Essex landscapes, soft porn and photos from the Artists Rifles regiment are amongst the subjects in Barry Thompson's forthcoming exhibition of intricate work on paper and small scale paintings at PEER.
One source has been a World War One photo album found in the holdings of the Imperial War Museum. The photographs of Lieutenant F.H. Ennor's friends in the volunteer regiment were taken while posted at Thompson's home town of Romford. The images resonated with Thompson's memories of his own adolescent years and fed directly into a larger body of work based in and around this area of Essex.
Thompson's work deals with sites of memory both literally and psychologically, tackling themes of ideals/failure, hope/pessimism, fact/fiction and love/loss. He considers that attempting to work with these universal themes through the process of drawing has enabled him to engage with personal memories on a very intimate scale.
Thompson currently lives and works in London. He holds an MA from the Royal College of Art and a BA from University of East London. Previous group shows include There is a place…, New Art Gallery, Walsall and Hope & Despair, Cell Project Space, London.
Part of Acme Studios Residency & Awards Programme, the Jessica Wilkes Award provides a major opportunity for an Acme artist tenant to develop their practice at a pivotal point in their career. The award covers the recipient's studio rent for one year and a cash bursary. In addition the artist is supported through studio visits from other professional artists/curators and opportunities to make their work public.
It is funded and managed by Acme to the value of £10,000.
Barry was the sixth recipient of this award. Ingrid Swenson (Director PEER) took part in the award selection process and worked closely with Thompson towards this solo show, additionally supported by Acme and PEER as a partner gallery.
Lucy Harris receives 2016 Rita Harris Studio Award
Artist film-maker Lucy Harris who is based at Acme’s Copperfield Road studios has been selected as the second recipient of the Rita Harris Studio Award.
The Rita Harris Studio Award, part of Acme's Residency & Awards Programme, provides an artist currently in an Acme studio with studio rent and a bursary for one year. The award is designed to provide the selected artist with increased time to develop their practice at a key point in their career. Previous artists have used the bursary to invest in materials, increase the time spent in the studio and experiment with new techniques and ideas.
Throughout the year Lucy will be supported through studio visits from other professional artists and curators and Acme will work with Lucy to find appropriate ways to enable a greater degree of exposure for her work.
Speaking about the award, Lucy said:
“The Rita Harris award presents the unique and rare opportunity of being supported financially and creatively in the ‘hidden’ (pre-production) stages of my 16mm film works that are essential to their further development. These works are created via a combination of hands-on based studio practice and historical research, and the award will enable the concentrated studio time needed to pursue and explore the relationship between marble, sculpture, architecture and film resulting in a body of new work.”
Lucy was selected by a panel of Hannah Corbett (Acme, Chief Executive), Dryden Goodwin (artist) and Julia Lancaster (Senior Residency and Awards Manager). Speaking about Lucy’s selection, Dryden said:
“Lucy’s films draw you in, with their focus and intent, in the way they’re shot and the rhythm of their editing. When we visited her studio, it seemed a place of deep reflection and creation, organised into different areas, a schematic of her process and thinking. It is clearly a significant moment for Lucy, as she spoke about the rich interrelationships of materials and media she is pursuing and the potential to extend these explorations further in her practice.”
The Rita Harris Studio Award commemorates the life and work of Rita Harris, artist and partner of Acme co-founder and former Chief Executve Jonathan Harvey.
Hilary Powell selected for third Stephen Cripps' Studio Award
The 2016-17 Stephen Cripps’ Studio Award, a major creative development opportunity based at High House Production Park in Thurrock, has been awarded to multi-disciplinary artist Hilary Powell. Supported by The Henry Moore Foundation, High House Production Park Ltd and Stephen Cripps’ family, it forms part of Acme’s Residency & Awards Programme, offering a unique resource and support structure for artists to develop their practice and realise planned or new projects.
Hilary is fascinated by the location of High House Production Park just within London’s outer ring and will explore the landscape’s potential for operatic soundscapes and absurdist visions to create a poetic drama of place. The surrounding logistics landscape, marshland and tidal zones are resource, scenography, collaborators and key characters in the plans afoot.
Hilary was selected by a panel comprising Matt Lane - Head of Royal Opera House Thurrock and Thames Gateway, Julia Lancaster - Senior Residency & Awards Manager, Acme, Fiona Haggerty - Residency & Awards Officer, Acme, and Morgan Quaintance - writer, musician and curator.
Speaking on behalf of the panel, Matt Lane said: “Hilary’s interest in urban change and creative salvage excited the selection panel and resonates strongly with Thurrock’s own landscapes. Hilary’s commitment to engaging with local communities and other locally-based agencies be they cultural or otherwise will no doubt lead to the creation of a ground-breaking residency. We are really looking forward to welcoming Hilary to High House Production Park.”
Starting in September 2016, this is the third and final year-long Stephen Cripps’ Studio Award which supports a selected artist through a large rent-free studio, £10,000 bursary and £10,000 towards production costs. Named in memory of a pioneering ‘pyrotechnic sculptor’, whose collection of work is now held within the Henry Moore Institute’s archive, the award encourages the selected artist to take risks, to challenge both themselves and their practice. It also allows for creative collaboration between the Park partners: High House Production Park Ltd, the Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop & Bob and Tamar Manoukian Costume Centre, South Essex College, the National Skills Academy Creative & Cultural Backstage Training Centre and Acme.
Auto Italia at 44 Bonner Road, E2
Acme is delighted to announce that Auto Italia will be taking over the Project Space at Acme Studios 44 Bonner Road. Auto Italia is an artist-run organisation that commissions and produces new work – collaborating directly with emerging artists. Speaking about the move, Auto Italia Director Kate Cooper said:
"We are extremely excited to be working with Acme, securing a long-term project space for the first time in our organisation’s history. The space and long-term security will bring new strands of programming, working with emerging talent to continue what we have been doing in London as well as supporting artists nationally and internationally.
Auto Italia has always been about a community of artists supporting each other and trying out new models. At a time when it is increasingly challenging to support small independent projects in London, we hope we can find a way to work together in the city and support grassroots and artist-led initiatives."
Speaking about Auto Italia, Acme Studios’ Senior Residency & Awards Manager Julia Lancaster said:
“We are extremely happy that Auto Italia’s move to the former Acme Project Space, helps support their longer term ambitions and sustainability. As an artist-led group themselves, focusing on emerging artists and alternative approaches to production and exhibition formats, their ethos perfectly complements Acme’s values.
Auto Italia have a fundamental understanding of the needs and challenges artists face in sustaining their practice and finding ways of making their work public and developing new forums for mutual support. I am certain this move will create opportunities for Acme and Auto Italia to collaborate to further our common goal of supporting artists by enabling more critical dialogue and discussion about art.”
Auto Italia will officially launch the space in June 2016. A series of events and workshops are planned. For more information see: autoitaliasoutheast.org
Acme is recruiting two Residency & Awards Officers
For nearly twenty years, Acme’s Residency & Awards Programme has pioneered some of the most innovative and directly supportive opportunities for artists in the UK. We have created exemplary models of good practice by working with a wide range of supporters such as individual donors, legacies, trusts, universities and funding bodies.
The programme currently consists of twenty nine residencies and awards: sixteen work/live residencies, seven graduate studio awards, two Associate Studio Programmes, and a further four individual studio awards and exchanges.
Working with new and existing partners, the number of opportunities for artists will continue to steadily expand, ensuring selected artists are recognised and supported in ways that are appropriate to the development of their practice.
This is an exciting time in the development of the programme and in order to support its growth, we are looking to appoint two permanent three days-a-week Residency & Awards Officers. The two roles will support and report to the Senior Residency & Awards Manager, Julia Lancaster.
A significant expansion in our work/live provision is anticipated in the near future and these posts will be key in enabling us to prepare for that growth. The new roles will also work with artists on the programme who have the opportunity to develop and / or present work in partner galleries / project spaces.
For further information on the two Residency & Awards Officer roles and for details on how to apply, please visit - http://www.acme.org.uk/aboutacme/currentvacancies
The deadline for receipt of applications is: Monday 29 February, 2016
Isa Suarez's 'Cold Storage Memories'
As part of Acme Studios' 40th anniversary in 2012, we began speaking with current tenant and former Southwark Studio Residency artist Isa Suarez about commissioning a unique audio-documentary about Cold Storage, a sound studio located in Acme's Acre Lane studios in Brixton between 1976 and 1996.
The resulting work, 'Cold Storage Memories', is a series of short audio pieces which include testomonies by Charles Hayward and David Cunningham who were using Cold Storage at the time, as well as musical extracts and full tracks which were recorded and produced there by the two legendary composers.
The piece includes spoken word, field recordings and original music as well as a sketch map of Cold Storage drawn by David Cunningham. It can be found on the Artist Commissions section of the Acme website.
David Cunningham recently worked with William Raban on '72-82', a one-hour film drawing on a wide range of archive material from Acme's first decade. A transcript of an interview between him and William about Acre Lane is also available on the 'Cold Storage Memories' page.
Fire Station artists create new works for 2016 website commission
Since 2013, Acme Studios has commissioned artists to create new works for the homepage of our website. Acme currently supports over 700 artists via a range of programmes: affordable studios, work/live space and through our Residency & Awards Programme. Commissioning artists to create new work provides not only an opportunity for those selected but highlights the creativity and broad range of practice that we support. Each artist’s work will appear on the homepage for a month, and then will be archived and permanently accessible via the Website Commissions page.
Throughout each month of 2016, we will feature a different artist from our Fire Station Work/Live Programme 5 (2015-2020). This five-year residency scheme provides combined studio and living space at low rents and enables artists more time to concentrate on the development of their work and professional careers, and less time working to survive; as such it is one of the most supportive schemes for artists in the UK.
Applications Now Open for Associate Artist Residencies (AAR)
The Associate Artist Residency programme allows international artists, curators, academics and arts writers to apply to Acme Studios for short-term (one, two or three months) London-based professional development residencies.
Associate Artist Residencies provide individual mentoring for international artists, matching their skills and ambitions with contemporary galleries, curators, arts professionals, cultural organisations and leading artists in London. We create bespoke and stimulating residencies to push the boundaries of each artist's work and to tap into the core of what makes London such an exciting international cultural centre.
Residencies can be developed around a particular project or conceived of as networking and contacts-focused. The programme is open to applicants resident in any country outside of England.
Please note that unless otherwise stated, artists will need to source their own funding for AAR opportunities and are usually funded by professional development or travel grants available in their home countries.
Applications received before 1 April 2016 will be considered for residencies taking place during 2017. Further information and AAR application forms can be downloaded from the Acme website: http://www.acme.org.uk/international/assoc-artist-res
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