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Briony Anderson, George Charman, Bridget O’Gorman, Maria McKinney and We Colonised the Moon (Hagen Betzwieser and Sue Corke)

‘From a Studio Exchange’ 8.1.2015 - 25.1.2015

Studio space, Fire Station Dublin, August 2014. Photo: Briony Anderson (2014)
Studio space, Fire Station Dublin, August 2014. Photo: Briony Anderson (2014)


Thursday to Sunday 1pm to 6pm

Private View: Thursday 8 January, 6pm to 8pm

From a Studio Exchange brings together work by six artists - Briony Anderson, George Charman, Bridget O’Gorman, Maria McKinney and We Colonised the Moon (Hagen Betzwieser and Sue Corke) - who participated in an international work/live exchange in 2013 and 2014 between Acme Studios’ Fire Station work/live programme, London and the Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Dublin. The exchange provides a rent-free work/live space for a month, a travel bursary and the support of the host organisation.

For the exhibition each artist presents work that was developed or produced during their residency. In the first year of the exchange, Maria McKinney (Fire Station, Dublin) developed work that explores gestures from the hand. The results can be seen in her coral-like structures with emerging fingernails like armour or scales. In other work she has experimented with the idea of craft through the contemporary fabrication technique of 3D printing.

Hagen Betzwieser (Stuttgart, Germany) and Sue Corke (Fire Station, London), who work collaboratively on graphic art and installation projects as We Colonised the Moon, created 'The Embassy of Summer' during their exchange; a permanent installation on the north face of the Fire Station, Dublin, comprising nine nestboxes for pairs of swifts – representing an invitation into the future to return again and again.

Bridget O’Gorman's (Fire Station, Dublin) ‘The Silver’ (2013), installed as part of her solo exhibition We Are Suddenly Somewhere Else (Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, 2013), marks a point of reference for both her studio exchange and her future research that emerged from the residency. O’Gorman has pursued tangents where re-enactments and places (both physical and psychological) are imagined, described or reinterpreted; just as the residency with Acme provided an opportunity and the time to work in another studio space, in another city, this body of research also speculates upon duality, displacement and upon the simultaneous desire to be – or perhaps imposition of being – somewhere else.

George Charman (Fire Station, London) will present a series of drawings developed during his exchange, which consider the use of perspective as a tool to construct and dissect metaphysical space. Informed by historical research into interpretations of varying forms of perspective relating to architectural space, his work often responds to specific locations either in an historical sense or to the actual physical dimensions of place.

During her residency, Briony Anderson (Fire Station, London) developed work which continues to explore how landscape is represented in both imagery and text. Her work for From a Studio Exchange is in keeping with her use of pre-existing imagery, an important feature of her practice, conveying landscape second hand - almost as memory, and as a means to consider the evolving relationships between actual and imaged landscape and its re-presentation.

This work/live exchange prorgamme was established following an initiative, with Acme’s support, by artists on Acme's Fire Station Work/Live Programme. The exchange will continue as part of Acme Studio’s Residency and Awards Programme.



Acme Project Space

44 Bonner Road
E2 9JS
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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.



Stephen Fakiyesi & Harold Offeh

‘How to Speak to Power?’ 30.1.2015 - 1.2.2015

'Queen's face' by Stephen Fakiyesi
'Queen's face' by Stephen Fakiyesi


Thursday to Sunday 1pm to 6pm

Private View: Thursday 29 January, 6pm to 8pm

To celebrate the culmination of his six-month London residency in 2014, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, artist Stephen Fakiyesi returns to London during January 2015 to exhibit How to Speak to Power? at the Acme Project Space with British artist Harold Offeh.



George Charman & Adam Knight

‘The Tiny Lag’ 28.11.2014 - 21.12.2014

George Charman
George Charman
'Tiny Lag' at the Acme Project Space. Photo: Julia Lancaster (2014)
'Tiny Lag' at the Acme Project Space. Photo: Calum F Kerr (2014)
'Tiny Lag' at the Acme Project Space. Photo: Calum F Kerr (2014)
'Tiny Lag' at the Acme Project Space. Photo: Calum F Kerr (2014)


Thursday to Sunday 1pm to 6pm

Private View: Thursday 27 November, 6pm to 8pm

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.

The exhibition title is taken from an essay of the same name by Mladen Dolar. In his essay 'The Tiny Lag', referencing Wittgenstein, Dolar examines the borders of language on experience. In this instance the border becomes a conceptual marker of limitation and permission.

Central to the exhibition is the split channel audio work Tiny Lag. In the lead up to the exhibition Charman and Knight became interested in the formats of correspondence as a means of organisation, discourse and punctuation between works. Both artists followed YouTube instructional tutorials based upon the children’s puzzle game The Rubik's Snake. The tutorials were often accompanied by users’ nonsensical verbal instructions. Both artists attempted to follow these tutorials exploring the disparity between description and action. 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. 


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