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Acme Studios Publishes Annual Report 2013/14

05.12.2014

Acme Studios today published its Annual Report 2013/14 which is made available along with previous reports and other documents in the ‘Publications’ section of the Acme website. Highlights of the year 2013/14 include:
 

  • the opening of 39 studios and four work/live units at High House Production Park, Thurrock, Essex
  • the opening of 24 new-build permanent affordable artists’ studios at the Glassyard, SW9 which includes the establishment of a sustainable two-year Associate Studio Programme, in partnership with Central Saint Martins, for eight selected recent graduates
  • the launch of a publication ‘The Fire Station Project’ celebrating Acme’s ground-breaking work/live residencies and wider Residency & Awards Programme which has benefited over 120 artists since 1997
  • an archive exhibition 'Supporting Artists: Acme’s First Decade 1972-1982' in the Pat Matthews Gallery (Gallery 4), at the Whitechapel Gallery
  • the appointment as Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year 2014 Honours List, for services to the arts, of Acme Studios’ co-founders Jonathan Harvey (Chief Executive) and David Panton (Director Property)

A full breakdown of activity and financial information can be found in the downloadable pdf.

Emile Barret at Vyner Street Gallery

01.12.2014

Emile Barret is currently undertaking a six-month London residency funded by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture (BAK), awarded as part of the 2013 Swiss Design Awards. During his London residency Emile has undertaken a series of intensive short-term studio collaborations with a wide range of visiting practitioners. The resulting work, comprising photography, video-games, installation, films, performance, sound and sculpture, and the work’s continued development, form the content of this evolving week-long exhibition marking the conclusion of Emile’s residency.

 

Emile Barret - LLIASIONS

Vyner Street Gallery
23 Vyner St, London, E2 9DG
www.vynerstreetgallery.co.uk

Monday 1 December to Sunday 7 December - 11am to 6pm
First Thursday (4 December) Performance at 7pm, open until 11pm

Collaborations with:

Philippe-Albert Lefevbre & Ana Varela - Nadine & Bruno - Maya Rochat - Florian Luthy - Florence Jung & Nicolas Leuba - Fabrice Schneider - Romain Mader - EGGPLANT - Julien Grémaud - K3.14COUZ - Raphaël Faure - Félix Salasca & Ali-eddine Abdelkhalek - Baptiste Gratzmuller

Special events (free, no need to book):

  • Wednesday 3 December - SADE WAS DEAD TODAY Pre-Concert by (Music for) EGGPLANT, 6pm
  • FIRST THURSDAY 4 December - Is it an OPENING? (Music for) EGGPLANT in concert at 7pm, eat & drink for you fellas, 11am to 11pm
  • Friday 5 December - Surprises Sometimes
  • Saturday 6 December - Open-Jam-Session bring your musical toys! 2pm
  • Sunday 7 December - Roasted Hangover

Acme's latest studio building offers a new home for graduate awards

24.11.2014

Acme's newest building, Warton House in Stratford, E15 is open and fully occupied. The building contains 24 ground and first floor studios in a landmark 1930s building. The studios form part of a large mixed-use development including residential, retail and commercial space. Refurbished to current building standards, the studios have heating, large windows, a lift and level access throughout.

Warton House is also the new home to four of Acme's studio awards: Adrian Carruthers Studio Award (Slade School of Art, UCL), Chelsea Studio Award, Goldsmiths Studio Award and Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award (Central Saint Martins).

"The Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award is an immensely valuable award for our students, gifting them the continuity to develop their work at a crucial time and the space to establish their practice professionally and to share their work with a wider community." - Louisa Minkin, Course Leader MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins

The year-long graduate studio awards have been carefully developed with Acme’s partners to provide a valuable and effective bridge between college and professional practice. The awards offer professional input through mentoring and studio visits and are located in adjoining spaces in order to naturally promote peer support. Each award provides a rent-free studio for 12 months plus a stipend of £2,500 - £6,000 per year.

The four awards form part of Acme's Residency and Awards Programme which offers a range of programmes including work/live and studio bursary and residency schemes. These programmes are some of the most directly supportive for artists anywhere in the UK.

Galleria Open Studios: 6 & 7 December

24.11.2014

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 December 2014

12 noon to 6pm

Galleria Court, Pennack Road, Peckham, SE15 6PW

Entrance on Pennack Road. Free parking available on St Georges Way. All studios have lift and wheelchair access.

Tube: Elephant & Castle
Bus: 63, 363 - St Georges Way stop
Train: Peckham Rye - walk along Old Surrey Canal path

Andrea Artz + guest artists Livia Garcia & Shorsh Saleh - Suzanne Baker - Stanislas Slawomir Blatton - Vivienne Boucherat - Andrea Carr - Dylan Spencer-Davidson - Jack Duplock - Bella Easton - Gabrielle Lockward-Estrin - Elizabeth Hannaford - Brian D Hodgson - Sarah Jones + Laura Fitzgerald - Rosa Nguyen - Teresa Paiva + Ilga Leimanis - Maya Ramsay - Keith Roberts - Terry Ryan - Julian Sharples - Isa Saurez - Francis Wardale - Joanna Weller

George Charman & Adam Knight at the Acme Project Space

13.11.2014

Using the unique configuration of the Acme Project Space, George Charman (Fire Station Work/Live Programme 4: 2010-2015) and Adam Knight will show a series of recent works that engage with ‘the screen’ as a kind of border. The screen is used to divide the exhibition space through varying axes of installation, video, drawing, sound, writing and sculpture. The screen is deployed as a veil and a threshold allowing for successive works to re-configure relationships with the viewer. The occluded circle appears intermittently as a partial structure, activating an overlapping agency between works.

Central to the exhibition is the split channel audio work Tiny Lag. In the lead up to the exhibition Charman and Knight followed YouTube instructional tutorials based upon the children’s puzzle game The Rubik's Snake. The discordant pops, hisses and clicks are direct recordings of the altering Rubik's Snake. The resulting asynchronous stereo soundtrack is played through constructed speakers that distill the modular geometric form of the Rubik's Snake.

28 November - 21 December 2014
1pm to 6pm Thursday to Sunday
Private View:
Thursday 27 November, 6pm to 8pm

CSM Associate Studio Programme 'Image To Scale'

10.11.2014

Lydia Davies, Chris Ifould, Piotr Krzymowski, Sean Lavelle, Asta Meldal Lynge, Cameron Scott, Tilly Shiner and Nikhil Vettukattil

William Road Gallery
7-9 William Road, London, NW1 3ER
www.mcaslan.co.uk/exhibitions/exhibition-image-to-scale

14 November - 11 December
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Private View: Thursday 13 November, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

"The housing of the exhibition ‘Image To Scale’ in the gallery of an architectural firm is no coincidence. Architecture traffics in the tension of image and scale. The artworks by the eight recent graduates engage in a form of trafficking between image and architecture that is highlighted by the context of their display. Here, there is no simple way of distinguishing between image and object, between what is artwork and what is office infrastructure, nor how the firm and the artists exhibiting within it relate."
Text by Eleanor Ivory Weber, writer   

Developed out of the ongoing partnership between Central Saint Martins (CSM) and Acme Studios, a 'transitional’ studio space for recent graduates was created in Acme's Glassyard studio building, Stockwell, SW9.

CSM Associate Studio Programme offers a new-build, self-contained, ground floor open-plan space of around 1,300 sq.ft. for eight graduates from BA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins.

The two-year programme offers studio space at an average weekly rent for each artist of around £20 and regular studio visits by artists, writers and curators.

Jamie Hosegood at the Acme Project Space

20.10.2014

PUBLIC IMAGE is a collection of new work by Jamie Hosegood marking the culmination of his time as the inaugural recipient of the year-long Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award, part of Acme Studios' Residency & Awards Programme.

The exhibition presents a selection of Hosegood’s paintings in which he explores the medium's ongoing theoretical relationship with the photograph as source and subject.

24.10.2014 - 2.11.2014
Wednesday to Sunday 1pm to 6pm

Private View: Thursday 23 October, 6pm to 8pm

Rita Evans selected as second Stephen Cripps' Studio Award artist

16.10.2014

Rita Evans has been selected for the 2014/15 Stephen Cripps’ Studio Award, an annual award for artists whose practice is rooted in sculpture which embraces elements of light, movement, machinery, sound or performance and is based at Acme Studios’ new-build studios at High House Production Park in Thurrock.

Rita Evans was selected by a panel comprising Anne Bean, artist; Jonathan Harvey, Chief Executive of Acme Studios; Ron Haselden, artist; and Mark Spink, Assistant Head of Scenic Art at the Royal Opera House. Speaking about the panel’s decision, Anne Bean said:

“What first struck me about Rita's work was its fearlessness about using wide-ranging technologies, combining the sophisticated with improvisatory and spontaneous practice. Her drawings showed a real similarity to the freedom, quirkiness, humour and enquiry intrinsic to Stephen Cripps' sketches.”

Rita plans to spend an increasing amount of time in the studio over the 12 months and will move into a work/live unit in the building in the second half of the residency. Rita explains that:

“The studio provision will be imagined as a nerve centre, with the upstairs work/live unit as a place for dreaming, thinking and conversation, with spontaneous sketches and plans emerging and developing from this engagement. The downstairs studio will act as the rest of the body, a kinaesthetic making space, where these plans will be transferred into time-based sensorial sculptures and performances.”

The Stephen Cripps’ Studio Award programme consists of three one-year awards, providing a rent-free large ground-floor ‘production’ studio, a £10,000 bursary and £10,000 towards project realisation costs. Aaron Williamson was selected for the inaugural 2013-14 award. 

Karolina Halatek at Kinetica Art Fair

14.10.2014

Acme IRP is pleased to announce that Karolina Halatek, the current Adam Mickiewicz Institute Residency Artist, is participating in Kinetica Art Fair 2014.

The main medium of Karolina Halatek’s practice is light. Through video and site-specific installations, Karolina explores the relationship between the visual and metaphysical spheres.

Karolina received an artistic scholarship from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Poland (www.culture.pl) and in 2014 was awarded the Adam Mickiewicz Institute London Residency in partnership with AIR Laboratory Ujazowski Castle managed by Acme Studios, International Residencies Programme, London.

Karolina's residency has been supported by sessions with artist mentors David Batchelor (Artist), Rob Bowman (Art Angel), Dianne Harris (Kinetica Museum), Robin Klassnik (Matt's Gallery) and Cliff Lauson (Hayward Gallery).

 

KINETICA ART FAIR 2014
Old Truman Brewery, Ely's Yard Entrance

Thursday 16 October:
Private View opening event: 6pm to 9pm (Limited tickets available)
Friday 17 October:
11am to 8pm
Saturday 18 October:
11am to 8pm
Sunday 19 October:
11am to 6pm

Naomi Fitzsimmons at BEARSPACE

29.09.2014

Switchboard at BEARSPACE in Deptford marks the first solo exhibition of the 2013/2014 Chelsea Studio Award recipient, Naomi Fitzsimmons.

The exhibition will feature one interactive performance work that will run for the show’s duration. On entering the gallery space the audience will be confronted with a fully-functioning telephone switchboard system run by operators, all busy performing their routine tasks. The piece merges audience with performer, as cubicles are available for audience members to dial out to an ambiguous number left on the desks.

Switchboard will see Fitzsimmons drawing on themes from Haruki Murakami’s novel, ‘Dance, Dance, Dance’ in which a supernatural dream-based character, the Sheep Man, continually and subconsciously appears to the novel’s protagonist. The Sheep Man describes himself as a ‘switchboard’ that serves to connect the protagonist with the real world and the world of his dreams. In this sense the switchboard occupies the middle or liminal space between sleep and consciousness, reality and artifice.

BEARSPACE | 152 Deptford High Street | SE8 3PQ
04.10.13 – 11.10.13 | Wed – Sat | 10am-5pm
PRIVATE VIEW: FRIDAY 03.10.14 | 6.30pm-8.30pm

Harrow Road & Childers Street Open Studios - 4/5 October

25.09.2014

Harrow Road, NW10 is Building no 6 in a collective of six artists' studio buildings in NW10, known as ArtWest.

This year the studios are open Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 October, 1pm to 6 pm. Entrance is free and all are welcome.

Acme Studios, 733 Harrow Rd (entrance on Plough Close), Kensal Green, London NW10 5BQ

www.artwestopenstudios.co.uk

 

Childers Street, SE8 has been renamed Propeller Foundry for the event, in reference to the building's original purpose.

Over 80 artists will be opening their studios on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 October, 11am to 6pm. The event also includes Foundry Gallery, Family Trail, Historic View and Olivier's Bakery. Entrance is free.

Acme Studios, 165 Childers Street, Deptford, London, SE8 5JR

www.propellerfoundry.com

Sarah Duffy at the Acme Project Space

22.09.2014

Sarah Duffy, the current recipient of the inaugural Goldsmiths MFA Studio Award, presents her first solo show at the Acme Project Space. The exhibition features a series of Duffy’s recent works across text, sculpture, video and performance.

Key to Duffy’s current practice is a fascination with the art of ventriloquism, particularly with ventriloquism’s beginnings away from its modern incarnation as a variety act that makes use of a dummy. Instead, Duffy is concerned with the practice of belly speaking, or speaking without movement of the lips, which extends far back throughout various religions and spiritual practices, chronicling the complex relationship humans have had with the voice over time.

Duffy set out a year ago to learn this discipline for herself. In particular it was her goal to learn how to sing the song 'I wanna be loved by you' without moving her lips, made famous by Marilyn Monroe. Duffy saw that Monroe had something in common with these female ventriloquists; she was electric and wild, a master of her body, but also somehow vulnerable and subject to the gaze of others. She was at once a puppet and a puppeteer.

Duffy will perform Monroe's famous song twice at the private view. This work will be shown alongside other video and sculptural pieces that further probe the connections between Marilyn and the art of ventriloquism.

3 October - 19 October 2014

1pm to 6pm Thursday to Sunday

Private View: Thursday 2 October, 6pm to 9pm. Live ventriloquism performed by the artist at 7pm & 8pm at the Private View
 

The Fire Station Work/Live Residency Programme 5 (2015-2020): Applications Open

15.09.2014

Twelve work/live units at The Fire Station, 30 Gillender Street, London E14

Applications are now open for Acme's long-running work/live residency programme. Established in 1997, the programme offers low-cost combined working and living space for artists, including a half-rent residency for a deaf or disabled artist.

The programme runs for five years from April 2015 to February 2020 and is open to practising artists throughout the UK.

Application deadline: 31 October 2014. Full details and applications available at www.acme.org.uk/residencies/firestationworklive

If you require information in an alternative format please contact Fiona Haggerty: fiona@acme.org.uk or 0208 9816811

High House Artists' Studios - Open Weekend

12.09.2014

For three days in September, visitors will have a rare opportunity to see artists at work inside their studios in a building which is not normally open to the public. Opened in 2013, the purpose-built High House Artists' Studios was awarded RIBA East Award 2014, RIBA East Emerging Architect of the Year 2014 and RIBA East Client of the Year 2014 . Numerous studios will be open over the weekend, revealing the wide-range of artistic practice in the building.

 

Working Studios Day
Friday 19 September, 10am to 5pm

Artists will be leaving their studio doors open for visitors to wander in and see them at work. Those taking part include:

Jessica Ballantyne - Jane Barry - Dennis Brockhurst - Simon Callery - Sue and Heidi Cooper - Evewright - Lesley de Freitas - Tim Harrold - Mike Hoath - Jolanta Jagiello - Laurynas Karmalavicius - Jayson Lilley - Justin Malewezi - Anna Masters - Philip Melling - Michael Murphy - Michael Richardson - Lata Uphadhyaya

In addition, there will be a series of 30 minute events throughout the day when artists will demonstrate elements of their practice. The sessions are completely free though numbers are limited to some due to space. No booking required:

10.30am    Lesley de Freitas (Studio 111): Applying fine art to fashion
11.30am    Anna Masters (Studio 110): Mixed media demonstration and talk
12.30pm    Justin Malewezi (Studio 203): Model making and stop motion animation (limited numbers)
1.30pm    Philip Melling (Studio 006): Demonstration of oxyacetylene cutting, forming and joining
2.30pm    Lata Uphadhyaya (Studio 205/6): Production of clay maquette
3.30pm    Jolanta Jagiello (Studio 121): Demonstration of plasma cutting
4.30pm    Sue Cooper (Studio 106): Practical session on making giant paper mushrooms
 
Open Studios
Saturday 20 September & Sunday 21 September – 11am to 4pm

Artists will be on hand to talk about and show their work, including:

Jessica Ballantyne - Jane Barry - Dennis Brockhurst - Simon Callery - Sue and Heidi Cooper - John Espin - Evewright - Tim Harrold - Mike Hoath - Jolanta Jagiello - Laurynas Karmalavicius - Jayson Lilley - Anna Masters - Philip Melling - Michael Murphy - Michael Richardson - Lata Uphadhyaya

High House Open Studios marks the end of the Thurrock Arts Trail 2014 - www.thurrockarts.com

 

High House Artists’ Studios, Off Purfleet Bypass, Purfleet, Essex, RM19 1AS

 

Property Administrator (3 days/week)

08.09.2014

We are currently looking to appoint a Property Administrator. This is a three days-a-week permanent post, commencing January 2015, reporting to the Senior Manager, Property Management, John Lang.

The post is being promoted exclusively to practising non-commercial fine artists in order to benefit artists through the provision of secure part-time employment consistent with the organisations charitable purposes and recruitment policy.

The Property Administrator is a key member of the Property Management team and is responsible for co-ordinating the administration of building repair and maintenance work and assisting with the development of a comprehensive record and systems database within the Property Management Department.

Property Administrator (3 days/week)
£25,750 full-time pro rata

Commencement of post: January 2015
Three days per week, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. Days to be agreed.

For more information please visit: www.acme.org.uk/aboutacme/currentvacancies

Sandra Lane at BEARSPACE

04.09.2014

Oh worship the tree worm! (For that’s all that there is) at BEARSPACE in Deptford marks the first solo exhibition of Sandra Lane, the 2013/2014 Camberwell Studio Award recipient.

Lane’s practice encompasses elements of sculpture, drawing and painting. This exhibition will present a series of sculptural forms alongside corresponding iPad drawings. Investigating microscopic botanical and biological forms normally viewed through a lens, Lane expands these forms to become crumbling, powdery, wobbling objects lumbered with gravity like larger, more familiar, terrestrials. These structures seem to harbour the same watercolour tints and balletic aspirations of the microscopic forms, yet at the same time remain too impractical to withstand the transition to our gravity.

This exhibition will also explore Lane’s preoccupation with the notion of futile feet, like the pseudopodia (false feet) that the shape-shifting amoeba puts out to make a foolish leg from its jelly body, or the pointless foot of the snail that takes it nowhere fast. Lane, again, solidifies these forms so they become anthropomorphic in their scale and shape, yet they seem to teeter on the edge of collapse to become at once optimistic, absurd and sad.

The Camberwell Studio Award, a joint initiative between Camberwell College of Arts and Acme Studios forms part of Acme’s Residency & Awards Programme, aimed at supporting recent graduates at a critical point in their career.  The Award includes a shared rent-free studio for 12 months, 100 access hours to college facilities, professional development and a bursary of £2,500 funded by Acme. Sandra Lane is the third recipient of the award.

 

BEARSPACE | 152 Deptford High Street | SE8 3PQ
06.09.13 – 27.09.13 | Wed – Sat | 10am-6pm
PRIVATE VIEW: FRIDAY 05.09.14 | 6.30pm-8.30pm

Matthew J Hunt at the Acme Project Space

26.08.2014

Dirty Pools is Matthew Hunt’s first solo exhibition in the UK. Coming at the end of his Associate Artist Residency as part of Acme Studios' International Residencies Programme, Hunt has produced a body of work that combines painting, photography and sculptural elements that explore the dynamics between subjective and cultural history. Delving into the past, using the process of painting as a conduit to remember personal and cultural histories, Dirty Pools collapses time and space.

29 August - 31 August 2014

1pm to 6pm Friday to Sunday

Private View: Friday 29 August, 6pm to 8pm

Marianna Simnett at the Acme Project Space

25.08.2014

Marianna Simnett at the Acme Project Space, the artist’s first solo exhibition, is the culmination of the year-long Adrian Carruthers Studio Award. The exhibition presents a selection of Simnett’s most recent work, through which the artist explores themes of sexuality, innocence, corruption and martyrdom.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is 'The Udder', a short film commissioned as part of the Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella Awards 2014. Contextualising this film within a wider practice are 'Noses Off', a series of graphite drawings of disembodied noses, and 'Ryan’s Hymen', a pencil drawing on MDF board depicting a piece of jewellery given to the artist by her first boyfriend.

5 September - 21 September 2014

1pm to 6pm Thursday to Sunday

Private View: Thursday 4 September, 6pm to 8pm

Cynthia Cruz receives second Goldsmiths MFA Studio Award

05.08.2014

Cynthia Cruz has been selected for the second Goldsmiths MFA Studio Award funded by Jane Hamlyn, Acme Studios and the ISA Charity.

Cynthia's practice involves painting and film and "draws on themes of tragedy, horror and the abject in imagery that is shared on the Internet". Cythnia receives a rent-free studio for a year as well as a bursary and bespoke mentoring programme.

Cynthia was selected by a panel including David Batchelor (external artist), Jonathan Harvey (Chief Executive, Acme Studios), Richard Noble (Goldsmiths) and Adriana Paice (ISA Charity).

Speaking about her award Cynthia explains, "Trying to make a living and making art is a difficult task. This award allows me to continue my practice, which requires a lot of space, because of my use of paints. After graduating it’s a relief to be able to focus on my art and not have to worry about money for a studio. I am so grateful for this opportunity, the best news on my degree show day!"

Cynthia begins her award in October 2014, along with Acme's other graduate studio awards which form part of our Residency and Awards Programme.

Milou van der Maaden receives 13th Adrian Carruthers Award

14.07.2014

Milou van der Maaden has been selected for the Adrian Carruthers Award 2014/15 by Heather Deedman (Senior Artists' Liaison Officer, Acme Studios), Caroline Achaintre (external artist) and Slade staff Ed Allington, Susan Collins, Lisa Milroy and Jayne Parker

The work in Milou’s Slade show investigated the relationship between identification, intimacy and the way in which the Dutch colonial violence in Indonesia is recollected and represented. Speaking about her award, Milou explains, "I'm very much looking forward to seeing the studio and of course eventually working in it!" Milou has also been selected for this year's Bloomberg New Contemporaries.

Founded in 2002, the Adrian Carruthers Award is Acme Studios' longest running studio award and is open to Final year MA students at Slade School of Art. The award has provided an excellent model for our subsequent graduate awards, which also provide a bursary, rent-free studio for one-year and professional input through mentoring and studio visits.

Aaron Wells selected for Chelsea Studio Award 2014/15

02.07.2014

Aaron Wells has been selected for the sixth annual Chelsea Studio Award. He was selected by Julia Lancaster (Acme Studios, Residency and Projects Manager), Fiona Haggerty (Acme Studios, Residency & Awards Officer) and Benedict Drew (selected artist).

Aaron says of his work, "My practice looks at the ways in which images and film relate to the experience of the real. Through selected observations, images are deconstructed with language, placing them in a tangible and humorous relationship with the viewer."

Aaron will receive a year-long rent-free studio as well as a bursary supported by the Chelsea Arts Club Trust. Speaking about the award Aaron says, "The value of having a studio after graduation and the community of artists and mentoring that come with that are indispensable to any practitioner and I look forward to making the most of the time I have there."

The Chelsea Studio Award is for Final year BA Fine Art students at Chelsea College of Art and Design and was established in 2009. It is one of a number of awards and initatives managed by Acme which aim to bridge the gap between graduation and establishing an art practice. More information can be found on the Residency and Awards section of our website.

Kate McMillan 'The Potters' Field'

02.07.2014

Australian Council for the Arts London Residency artist Kate McMillan exhibits The Potters' Field at the Acme Project Space from Friday 4 July. This exhibition uses film, photography, sculpture and sound to excavate the residue and ruins of place and memory.

During the private view, a series of vignettes will be performed by members of the London Improvisers Orchestra. These performances will be recorded and will provide the foundation for subsequent work. This process highlights the linkages between informing, creating and playing as new ideas evolve, incorporating them into the presentation of work. The exhibition will be accompanied by a small catalogue with text by Elizabeth Stanton.

4 July - 13 July

1pm to 6pm Thursday to Sunday

Private View: Thursday 3 July, 6pm to 8pm

Final weekend of Clare Price 'I Killed a Viper' and Robinson Road Open Studios

26.06.2014

Clare Price's exhibition 'I Killed a Viper' at the Acme Project Space closes this weekend. The show is open 1pm to 6pm, Thursday 26 June to Sunday 29 June.

At the same venue, artists are opening their studios as part of the Robinson Road Open Studios. The private view is 5pm to 8pm on Friday 27 June and the studios are open 11am to 6pm on Saturday 28 June. The following artists are taking part:

Monique Becker - Julia Budd - Mark Jeffreys - Sarah Kudirka - Elizabeth Pell - Catherine Purves - Antoine Robin - Mary Spence - Robin Thistlethwaite - Anthony Whishaw

Acme Project Space & Robinson Road Studios, 44 Bonner Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9JS

Sculpture-Performance: Acme Artists Now Part Three: Saturday 14 June 2014, 2pm-6pm

10.06.2014

Part Three of Sculpture-Performance: Acme Artists Now will take place at High House Production Park on 14 June between 2pm and 6pm. 

Bobby Baker - Julian Maynard Smith - Geraldine Pilgrim - Aaron Williamson

Events will happen at various locations across the Park. Visitors should meet at The Stephen Cripps' Studio, 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 

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, three events feature new work from 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, 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.

 

Emma Corrall selected for the second Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award

30.05.2014

Emma Corrall has been selected for the second Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award (2014-15). She will receive a rent-free studio for 12 months together with a bursary of £5,000, mentoring and the opportunity to exhibit at the Acme Project Space The award forms part of Acme Studios’ Residency & Awards Programme and Central Saint Martins’ new initiatives to support their Fine Art graduates.

Speaking about the award Emma said, 'It is an honour to be selected for the Helen Scott Lidgett Studio award. The award comprises the passion and enthusiasm of many talented individuals to continue the momentum of their love for a life fuelled by art. I am very grateful to be surrounded by such genuine support.'

The award is a partnership initiative between Acme Studios, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and the Helen Scott Lidgett Trust. It is jointly funded by Acme and the Helen Scott Lidgett Trust.

Helen Scott Lidgett was Managing Director and Founding Partner of arts communications consultancy Brunswick Arts. She was a student at Saint Martin’s School of Art and was an energetic advocate for the arts eventually becoming a Governor of University of the Arts London. She died in 2012 but her legacy will continue to support future artists through this initiative.

Emma was selected by a panel comprising Julia Lancaster (Acme Studios), Prof Graham Ellard (Central Saint Martins), Charlie White (Helen’s son) and Lindsay Seers (external artist).

Julia Lancaster, Residency and Projects Manager for Acme Studios explains, 'It’s incredibly hard for the vast majority of fine art graduates to even think about continuing their practice beyond university, let alone being able to support themselves through their chosen field. If we can, at the very least, help them to start thinking about themselves as an ‘artist’ first and foremost, they will have a better chance of surviving in the professional world beyond university.'

This award aims to provide a bridge between art school and practice as a professional artist. The selected graduate, and all those who apply will, in addition have the opportunity of mentoring by members of the Brunswick committee.

The recipient of the first award, 2013-14, Jamie Hosegood will have his first solo show in London at the Acme Project Space, Bethnal Green, opening 23 October 2014.
 

Clare Price 'I Killed a Viper'

27.05.2014

I Killed a Viper is an exhibition of new paintings by the recipient of the 2013-14 Jessica Wilkes Award, Clare Price. Price will present a series of works at the Acme Project Space that explore ideas around the materiality of paint; its voluptuous, visceral, body-like character in relation to the inherently intangible nature of the digital.

Clare Price was selected for the Jessica Wilkes Award in March 2013. The award provides an artist with a free studio and grant to enable them to devote more of their time to their studio practice. The award, worth £10,000, is made to an artist selected from applications from current Acme studio tenants.

6 June to 29 June

1pm to 6pm Thursday to Sunday

Private View: Thursday 5 Jne, 6pm to 8pm

Applications open for Stephen Cripps' Studio Award 2014/15

23.05.2014

Applications are now open for the Stephen Cripps' Studio Award 2014-15.

Commencing 1 November 2014, this is the second of an initial programme of three one-year awards. Each award provides:

- a rent-free large ground-floor ‘production’ studio
- a £10,000 bursary
- £10,000 towards project realisation costs

To ensure that as many artists as possible in the UK are able to benefit from the award, the selected artist is also offered the option to rent a work/live space within the studio building during the award year.

The Stephen Cripps’ Studio Award is a major creative development opportunity for artists whose practice is based in sculpture which embraces elements of light, movement, machinery, sound or performance. It provides a resource and support structure from which artists can develop their practice and realise and present planned or new projects. The award forms part of Acme Studios’ Residency & Awards Programme.

The second award runs for one year from 1 November 2014 to 31 October 2015 followed immediately by the third award. The deadline for applications is 5.00pm Friday 4 July with interviews for short-listed artists on Tuesday 19 August.

For more information and to apply, visit:
http://www.acme.org.uk/residencies/stephencripps

The award, which is based at Acme’s new-build, purpose-designed studios at High House Production Park, Thurrock, not only celebrates the work of Stephen Cripps, an important ‘pyrotechnic sculptor’, but also helps promote the vision for the Park and the potential for creative collaboration between its partners: High House Production Park Ltd, the Royal Opera House, Creative & Cultural Skills and Acme Studios.

The Award is funded by Acme Studios, The Henry Moore Foundation, High House Production Park Ltd and Stephen Cripps’ family.

Sarah Duffy and Maaike Anne Stevens - 'DELVE'

25.04.2014

Sarah Duffy and Maaike Anne Stevens
DELVE
Curated by Sofia Akram, Jintaeg Jang, Hena Lee, Jane Scarth and Yingting Xie

9 May - 25 May 2014
1pm to 6pm Thursday to Sunday
Private View: Thursday 8 May, 6pm to 9pm

DELVE is an exhibition at the Acme Project Space that interrogates and rethinks the nature of artistic research. Approaching the exhibition as a process and focussing on the research-based practice of the artist and in turn the practice-based research of the curator, students from the RCA’s Curating Contemporary Art MA programme seek to address the discourse around this field.

What is unique about artistic research? Working intimately with two Acme residency artists, Sarah Duffy (Goldsmiths MFA Fine Art Studio Award) and Maaike Anne Stevens (Chadwell Award), the team of five curators have developed a methodological approach to this proposition. Developed through a series of conversations with the artists, the exhibition concept is based on three core principles of what research is and how it is conducted. DELVE looks at how the research process is enacted through making, through social interaction and through observation.

Considering it as part of the making process, both Duffy and Stevens will be presenting new works in DELVE, partially based on revisiting strands of research unrealised from previous projects. Duffy will be exhibiting elements of her ongoing project Come On In, bringing together research as diverse as ventriloquism, cave diving and Marilyn Monroe. Stevens will present new work drawn out of research undertaken in and about the city of Odessa, the basis for her recent solo show at the Acme Project Space entitled Black Sea.

A series of on-going negotiations with the artists and an experimental approach will culminate as part of the display at Acme Project Space. The team of curators consider what material and immaterial objects are observed by the artists to constitute their research. Generated through exchange between curators and artists, DELVE will display the resulting references and sources.

http://delve.rca.ac.uk

17 May, Part Two of Sculpture-Performance: Acme Artists Now

23.04.2014

Anne Bean  -  Steve Beresford & Alan Tomlinson  -  Brian Catling  -  Chana Dubinski  -  Tina Keane  -  Kate Mahony

 

Part Two of Sculpture-Performance: Acme Artists Now will take place at High House Production Park on Saturday 17 May between 2pm and 6pm.

Events will happen at various locations across the Park. Visitors should meet at The Stephen Cripps Studio, 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

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, three events will feature new work from 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.

High House Artists' Studios win RIBA East Awards

14.04.2014

High House Artists’ Studios was selected as one of 10 winners of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) East Regional Awards at an awards celebration at Downing College, Cambridge on Thursday 10 April. Architects HAT Projects also won Emerging Architect of the Year and High House Production Park won Client of the Year for its role in development of the artists’ studios. The scheme will now be put forward to the RIBA National Awards in June.

The £1.8m new-build complex of 43 affordable studios and work/live units at High House Production Park in Thurrock opened in July 2013 and was developed by HAT Projects in close collaboration with operator Acme Studios. The design drew the aesthetic of the anonymous industrial buildings traditionally occupied by artists and built on Acme’s extensive research into the needs of artists. The aim was to make the spaces as functional and flexible as possible rather than making a self-consciously ‘creative’ building.

The project was funded by High House Production Park Ltd and Art Council England’s capital fund and was driven by the need for affordable space in the area. The RIBA judges were impressed by the “elegantly rational composition” of the building and the “extraordinarily economical scheme” which delivers high-quality workspace to rent from as little as £20 a week.

Acme Studios’ Chief Executive Jonathan Harvey said, “A great deal of passion and attention to detail was put into the development of High House Artists’ Studios. It was a challenge to create a high-quality, flexible building that was suitable for a wide range of fine artist practice and at the same time remain affordable to artists. It is a huge credit to HAT Projects that this was achieved with significant architectural merit which has been rightly recognised by the judges.”

Artist selected for inaugural Rita Harris Studio Award

01.04.2014

Duncan Pickstock has been selected for the inaugural Rita Harris Studio Award (2014-15). He will receive a grant of £10,000, which will cover his studio rent for one year with the balance paid as a bursary. Duncan will also be offered an exhibition at the Acme Project Space and the opportunity for studio visits by other artists and professionals.

The Rita Harris Studio Award commemorates the life and work of Rita Harris who died of cancer in May 2013. Rita was an artist and a master of T’ai Chi, which she taught for over 20 years. She was married to Jonathan Harvey, Acme’s Chief Executive and co-founder, and they had been together since 1978. She worked with Jonathan at The Acme Gallery (1976-1981) in Covent Garden.

The award is supported by Jonathan, Acme, friends and family and is made to an artist selected from applications from current Acme studio tenants. Duncan Pickstock was selected by a panel comprising Jonathan Harvey, Begonia Tamarit (animator and close friend of Rita) and Julia Lancaster (Residency & Projects Manager, Acme Studios).

Duncan’s practice is concerned with the process of painting, exploring the tension between the representational and the purely abstract. He had an Acme studio at Robinson Road in Bethnal Green for 18 years before moving to Acme’s new-build Matchmakers Wharf studios in Homerton in 2012. Duncan has exhibited internationally and at various spaces in London. His most recent painting show was part of The Open Sky Museum, Nantes, France last year. The two works exhibited are now part of the collection of Musée des Beaux Arts, Nantes.

Speaking about the award, Duncan said, “The award will give me time and security. To have the luxury of a sustained period of uninterrupted work, freed from the constant worry of having to find the rent each month will be incredibly beneficial.”

The Rita Harris award is made every other year and alternates with the Jessica Wilkes Award which has been enormously successful, making a significant difference to the life and work of each of the four recipient artists to date. Jessica and Rita were close friends, so it is especially appropriate that these two commemorative awards alternate as companions to each other; Rita’s award could not be based on a better model.

Hackney Residency artist David Murphy at PEER

20.03.2014

David Murphy - Certain Impacts
PEER (www.peeruk.org)

27 March to 17 May 2014
Opening Wednesday 26 March from 6 to 8pm

FREE gallery talk: Saturday 29 March 4pm Helen Pheby, Senior Curator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, in conversation with David Murphy. Click here to reserve a place.

Hackney Studio Residency artist David Murphy will be showing recent drawings and sculpture at PEER from 27 March to 17 May. Certain Impacts is David’s first solo show in London and is a presentation of recent drawings and sculpture. These two elements of his practice are a parallel and complementary activity rather than a developmental progression of two-dimensional study to final realisation in three dimensions.

‘From architecture to anthropology, tool-making to trade routes, my practice takes up aspects of inherently human activity that begin with the hand.’ David Murphy

The work at PEER was produced while Murphy was the recipient of the Hackney Studio Residency from October 2012 – March 2014 based at Acme Studios’ new-build Matchmakers Wharf artists’ studios on the site of the Lesney Matchbox Toys Factory in Homerton. The 18-month residency included a large rent-free studio, £10,000 bursary and support and mentoring from the partners involved: Acme, PEER and Hackney Council’s Cultural Development Team. The residency was
first and foremost an opportunity for David to develop his studio practice, while also exploring the history of the site and the people associated with it.

Maaike Anne Stevens at the Acme Project Space

11.03.2014

Black Sea is an exhibition of new work by Maaike Anne Stevens at the Acme Project Space. Utilising moving image, text, print and sculptural forms, Maaike creates a friction between time and events, both real and supposed. The port city of Odessa, on the Black Sea acts as a point of enquiry for Maaike who has spent a period of time researching the rich synthesis of historical events and narratives that surround the sea and the city. The resulting work acts as an exploration of the transitional state between personal drives and appropriated behavioural patterns, set within a landscape marked by Facebook posts and age-old rocks.

21 March - 20 April

1pm to 6pm Thursday to Sunday

Private View: Thursday 20 March, 6pm to 8pm

Chadwell Award

Sculpture-Performance: Acme Artists Now

25.02.2014

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. 

15 March
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

17 May
Anne Bean - Steve Beresford & Alan Tomlinson - Brian Catling - Chana Dubinski - Tina Keane - Kate Mahony

14 June
Bobby Baker - Julian Maynard Smith - Geraldine Pilgrim - Aaron Williamson

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

11.02.2014

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.

 

Whitechapel Gallery

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

11.02.2014

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

Acme International Residency Programme - Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ)

Royal visit to artists' studios

30.01.2014

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

28.01.2014

Lea O’Loughlin, Acme Studios International Residencies Programme Manager, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Res Artis, the Worldwide Network of Artists residencies (www.resartis.org).

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

27.01.2014

‘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 jack@acme.org.uk

Acme and Central St Martins' KTP research published

16.01.2014

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.

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