Acme IRP seeks Administrator
For over 27 years, Acme IRP has enabled international governments, cultural agencies and foundations to offer artists major work/live residencies in London. In recent years, Acme IRP has expanded to include new partners and programmes. Our mentoring scheme and bespoke programming means we are working with increasing numbers of artists, galleries and arts organisations in London and across the UK.
In order to support this growth, we have created a two day a week permanent post of International Residencies Programme (IRP) Administrator supporting and reporting to the IRP Manager, Lea O’Loughlin.
The IRP Administrator role 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 organisation’s charitable purposes and recruitment policy.
For more information about the role, including Job Description, please visit: http://www.acme.org.uk/aboutacme/currentvacancies
Love Enqvist at the Acme Project Space
The World Turned Upside Down is an exhibition of new work by Iaspis 2013/14 residency artist Love Enqvist at the Acme Project Space. For this exhibition Enqvist has harvested radical gardening references using them to create an environment for imaginary gardens. Each of Enqvist’s layered references begins with an historical character, whose solitary obsession with gardens was inspired by a spiritual belief. The exhibition is a labyrinth of imagery and language, and at its centre is an invitation to create an imaginary garden through a hypnotic process. The title, taken from Leon Rosselson's folk song of the same name, references the 17th century movement the Diggers and introduces the concept that assumed knowledge can be 'turned upside down'.
‘The World Turned Upside Down’
6.2.2015 - 8.2.2015
Thursday to Sunday 1pm to 6pm
Private View: Thursday 5 February, 6pm to 8pm
Acme Studios mentioned in the Lords
A question was asked in a Short Debate in the House of Lords on Monday by Nicholas Trench concerning Government Support for Artists. Under his title The Earl of Clancarty, the practising artist and crossbench peer outlined the pressures facing artists such as low-pay, copyright and the cost of renting a studio. Arguing that “artists need reasonably permanent cheap spaces”, Acme was referred to as “the success story in London”. He went on to explain that: “The keys to that success are the long-term support and the fact that Acme has managed to buy its own buildings. But where that is not possible Section 106 agreements might be used by local authorities in areas where studio space is required, enabling continued employment use in buildings and a guaranteed 100% occupancy. This is something that the Government ought to be encouraging where it is appropriate to do so.”
Acme has successfully used Section 106 agreements to achieve permanent affordable studio space for artists in new-build developments in six London boroughs. It has long argued that local authorities and development agencies can do more to support fine artists through existing planning legislation.
The transcript of The Earl of Clancarty’s question and the government’s response can be found via Hansard: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201415/ldhansrd/text/150119-0002.htm#15011944000072