Acme Studios, supporting art and artists since 1972


Milou van der Maaden

‘in Spite of the Mass’ 4.9.2015 - 20.9.2015

Milou van der Maaden, in Spite of the Mass, research image: Pieter Aertsen, Butcher's Stall with the Flight into Egypt, 1551
Milou van der Maaden, in Spite of the Mass, research image: Pieter Aertsen, Butcher's Stall with the Flight into Egypt, 1551


Thursday to Sunday 1pm to 6pm

Private View: Thursday 3 September, 6pm to 9pm

in Spite of the Mass is an ongoing project by Milou van der Maaden, the current Adrian Carruthers Studio Award artist, dealing with immigration politics and national image-making in the Netherlands. The exhibition will present fragments of Milou’s new project, and its surrounding research, through a focus on biopolitical struggles and the agency of resistance.

Working across video, photographic, socio-performative and text works, Milou will utilise the Acme Project Space as a place to instigate conversations between research and practice, exploring agency and resistance through visual embodiment and performativity.

Established in 2002 for artists graduating from The Slade School of Art, the Adrian Carruthers Studio Award is part of Acme Studios' Residency & Awards Programme and provides a free studio for a year, plus a bursary of £6,000. The award was created in memory of the artist Adrian Carruthers, who died in October 2001 at the age of 40



Acme Project Space

44 Bonner Road
E2 9JS
020 8981 6811
F 020 8983 0567

Acme Project Space is located in the heart of East London's gallery district, around the corner from The Approach and a short walk from Vyner Street. The venue is well served by public transport:

  • Underground - Bethnal Green (Central Line)
  • Train - Cambridge Heath
  • Bus - D3 & 309
  • Car - On street pay and display parking (unrestricted at weekends)


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The Acme Project Space provides an opportunity for those artists who are part of our Residency & Awards Programme and our International Residencies Programme with a public space within which to develop projects, show new work and engage in a critical dialogue with a wider audience.

The programme of projects and exhibitions is developed in collaboration with those individual artists, who have already been through a selection process and aims to highlight the benefit artists gain from this support. The Acme Project Space therefore, is not currently able to accept unsolicited exhibition proposals from other artists.

Access and facilities

There is level and ramped access throughout the Acme Project Space. All printed material is available in a range of formats, please contact or 020 8981 6811 for further information. There are no public toilet facilities on site.



Aaron Wells

‘Relentless Optimism, a Moment of Blindness Before and After the Dark Space’ 25.9.2015 - 18.10.2015

<i>A Hotel A Labyrinth</i> Aaron Wells
<i>A Hotel A Labyrinth</i> Aaron Wells


Thursday to Sunday 1pm to 6pm

Private View: Thursday 24 September, 6pm to 8pm

Relentless Optimism, a Moment of Blindness Before and After the Dark Space is an exhibition of new work by Aaron Wells (Chelsea Studio Award).

Dealing with themes of allegory, passivity and unfounded optimism, the exhibition explores the on-going problematic relationship Aaron has with representing reality through film.



Rosika Desnoyers

‘The Creative Industry of Mary Linwood’ 20.8.2015 - 23.8.2015



Thursday to Sunday 1pm to 6pm

Over several decades, Rosika Desnoyers has developed an interdisciplinary art practice that is premised on the aesthetic use, study and collection of pictorial embroidery as a means to explore the disciplinary social relations of contemporary art production. Her thesis in research-creation investigates the conditions of emergence of Berlin work (needlepoint) in the early nineteenth century and its eventual shift from that of an official knowledge, the most widely practiced form of art by European women, to that of a submerged knowledge, displaced by the skill-based ethics of the Arts & Crafts Movement and by formalist philosophy at the turn of the last century.

The exhibition at the Acme Project Space presents new work developed within a six-month studio residency as the Canada Council for the Arts London Artist Resident. This work expands Desnoyers' genealogical investigation of a submerged cultural practice suspended between historically specific and temporally sedimented meanings. The Creative Industry of Mary Linwood explores the late eighteen-century needlepainting of Mary Linwood as a strategy for the production of new visual propositions within the context of Desnoyers’ own 'effective' display strategies.

Rosika Desnoyers is a Montreal-based artist with experience working in several national museums in Canada and the United States. She is the recipient of a humanities doctorate from Concordia University and a postdoctorate from the Université du Québec à Montreal. She is co-author of the recently published Millet Matrix: Contemporary Art, Collaboration, Curatorial Praxis ( and author of the forthcoming Berlin Work, Genealogy, Needlepainting: A History of Errors.


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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.