Sculpture-Performance: Acme Artists Now
Sculpture-Performance: Acme Artists Now is a series of events exploring the interface between performance and sculpture, drawing on the work of artists who showed at The Acme Gallery (1976-1981).
Between March and June 2014, four separate monthly events will feature new work from 10 artists who showed at The Acme Gallery or whose work was influenced by it. The curators and producers of this project, Aaron Williamson and Kate Mahony, will also contribute new work along with other collaborators.
Aaron Williamson is the recipient of the Stephen Cripps' Studio Award at High House Artists' Studios. Sculpture-Performance complements Aaron's public work, The Living Studio, an ongoing piece which sees the studio as the work and Aaron as its operative, creating transient sculptural works through performative processes.
Alastair MacLennan - SAG (Single Action Group) Collective formed by Aaron Williamson. Featuring: Jack Catling, Jenna Finch, Kate Mahony, Jordan McKenzie, Simon Raven, Holly Slingsby, Lili Spain and Daniella Valz Gen
Brian and Patricia Routh - Anne Bean - Chana Dubinski - Kate Mahony
Steve Beresford - Brian Catling - Aaron Williamson
Julian Maynard-Smith - Bobby Baker - Geraldine Pilgrim
Each event will run from 2pm to 6pm in Studio 005, High House Artists' Studios, High House Production Park, Purfleet, Essex, RM19 1AS.
No booking required.
For more information visit: http://www.thelivingstudio.uk.com/Sculpture-Performance-Acme-Artists-Now
Acme Artists' Films at the Whitechapel
Thursday 20 February
7pm - 9pm
Booking essential (Tickets: £8.50/£6.50 concessions)
The Whitechapel Gallery is hosting Acme Artists’ Films, a programme of screenings of work made by artist tenants of short-life housing managed by Acme between 1972 and 1982. Acme was pioneering in many ways, and not least for the way it supported artists working with experimental moving images, both through the provision of houses and studios and at the Acme Gallery in Covent Garden (1976-81). The special programme of rarely seen works will showcase titles in their original 16mm format by artists John du Cane, Gill Eatherley, Ron Haselden, Annabel Nicolson, Ken McMullen and William Raban.
For more information see: http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/shop/product/category_id/46/product_id/1868
The screening will be followed by a Q&A, featuring Jonathan Harvey, co-founder and chief executive of Acme Studios, Ken McMullen and William Raban.
Supporting Artists: Acme's First Decade 1972 -1982
Pat Matthews Gallery (Gallery 4)
7 September 2013 - 23 February 2014
Sophie Jodoin at the Acme Project Space
Current recipient of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) six-month London studio residency, Sophie Jodoin, will be exhibiting how permanent is permanent, a minimalist installation of works created and selected for the Acme Project Space.
This new series of annotated found book pages, works on paper, photographs, and a large-scale charcoal and pastel drawing of an immense boulder, presents quiet investigations into time and stillness. The disparate elements cohere in an austere set of voices and an ambiguous visual narrative. Each work functions as a word pulled into a complex foreboding repository of loss and memories.
21 February - 2 March 2014
1pm to 6pm Thursday to Sunday
Private View: Thursday 20 February 6pm to 8pm
Royal visit to artists' studios
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall toured Acme’s High House Artists’ Studios yesterday as part of a visit to High House Production Park in Purfleet. After talking with artists Anna Masters, Lata Upadhyaya, Sue Cooper and Heidi Cooper, Prince Charles and Camilla visited two artists at work in their studios. The royal party was met by Acme Residency and Awards Manager Julia Lancaster and Chief Executive Jonathan Harvey who gave a background to Acme Studios. Stephen Cripps’ Studio Award holder Aaron Williamson discussed his ‘Living Studio’ project while Philip Melling demonstrated how he works with metal to create his sculptures. The morning-long visit, led by Royal Opera House Chief Executive Alex Beard and HHPP Chief Executive Andrea Stark, also included a tour of the National Skills Academy’s Backstage Centre and the Royal Opera House’s Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop.
Acme IRP Manager joins Res Artis Board
Res Artis is an association of over 480 centres, organisations and individuals in over 70 countries which promotes the role of residential art programmes as a vital part of the contemporary arts world.
Since 2008 Lea O'Loughlin has managed Acme Studios International Residencies Programme (Acme IRP), working with international artists and liaising with governments and foundations to maximise their investment in London cultural residencies. Acme IRP is committed to developing international partnerships and providing best practice residency experiences for artists in London.
Lea says of her appointment, “I am delighted by the opportunity to join the board at Res Artis and look forward to working with our member organisations. I hope to bring my experience of building strong and sustainable relationships between residency funders, visiting artists and a wide cross-section of communities into this international arena.”
Final few weeks of Acme Studios' show at the Whitechapel Gallery
‘Supporting Artists: Acme’s First Decade 1972 -1982’ at the Pat Matthews Gallery (Gallery 4), Whitechapel Gallery, closes on 23 February. Featuring original documents and photographs from Acme’s archives, as well as material contributed by artists who had houses and studios at the time, the exhibition explores the history of Acme and the legendary Acme Gallery in Covent Garden (1976–1981).
‘Acme Artists’ Films’ is a retrospective programme of screenings by Acme artists showing important work made in the first 10 years of the organisation. The event on 20 February includes an artists’ Q&A and can be booked via the Whitechapel’s website: http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/shop/product/category_id/46/product_id/1868
To complement the exhibition, Acme commissioned have artist filmmaker William Raban to make an hour-long film which responds to Acme’s archive. ‘72-82’ combines archive material with interviews with artists who had houses or studios, or who presented work at the Acme Gallery. The film will be premiered in October 2014.
Following the end of the Whitechapel exhibition, the archive will return to Acme where it will be available to view by appointment. We are currently digitising parts of the archive to make it a permanent, accessible resource. For more information, contact Jack Fortescue, Communications Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
Acme and Central St Martins' KTP research published
A paper on a two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Acme Studios and Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design has been published in the International Journal of Arts in Society. ‘The Form and Function of the Artist Studio’, written by KTP Associate Dr Arantxa Echarte, outlines in detail the nature of the research project and its outcomes which benefit both Acme and Central Saint Martins. As Arantxa concludes: “This research has provided Acme with a better and more in-depth understanding of their beneficiaries’ needs, and this will ensure that it continues to provide and manage studios that meet the changing needs of artists at affordable prices.”
‘The Form and Function of the Artist Studio’ is available in print or online at: http://ijaspc.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.233/prod.29
A publication presenting the work and outcomes of the KTP research and development project will be launched at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in October. This will include material collected as part of the project’s research methodology – interviews with artists, and an extensive photographic essay of artists’ studios by Hugo Glendinning – and feature the development of new-build studios at High House Production Park, Purfleet, Essex, designed by HAT Projects, which was directly informed by a detailed brief resulting from the KTP. The publication will also present examples of ongoing collaborative projects between the partners which begin to address the needs of recent graduates, including the Associate Studio Programme at Acme’s studios at The Glassyard Building in Stockwell, London SW9.