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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 -

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:

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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.