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Guan Wei and Wayne Warren

‘Crossing Lines’ 30.7.2015 - 2.8.2015

'Paper War' by Guan Wei
'Paper War' by Guan Wei
'Knot & Black Tower' by Wayne Warren


Thursday to Sunday 1pm to 6pm

Private View: Thursday 30 July, 6pm to 8pm

We are delighted to present Crossing Lines, an exhibition by artist in residence Guan Wei (Australia Council for the Arts) in collaboration with British artist Wayne Warren at the Acme Project Space.

Crossing Lines expresses concern with human behaviour, focusing on areas of disruption where violence, greed and corruption prevail over harmony and tolerance within societies.

Wei’s work embodies current social and environmental dilemmas, presented through complex symbolic forms. The work Paper wars, which is presented as part of Crossing Lines was originally created after the events of 9-11. Within this work Wei uses various military symbols sketched onto a copy of Xian Gong’s Qing Dynasty landscape painting. Wei has continued to re-work the painting to produce an animation film, also on display.

Paper wars is inspired by the work of French social theorist and critic Jean Baudrillard. Wei explores the concept of war as simulacra. It is no longer 'up close' with real guns and bullets, nor is it bloody. It is virtual. Paper wars presents 'moving symbols', by re-organising, arranging, and categorising common military symbols and placing them in a traditional landscape painting, in order to bring real situations of war to life.

Wayne Warren’s work focuses on the relationship between architecture and the influences of human decision making and actions on the global environment. His work presents conflicting notions of continuity, stability, collapse, suspension, preservation, time and materiality, referring to an increasingly frail environment, where structures can fall apart and nature pushed to the point of extreme destruction. Warren uses these reference points to discuss the long term side effects of human behaviour in relation to the global environment and the dwindling natural resources.



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.



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.



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

‘juice’ 5.6.2015 - 28.6.2015

Installation shot. Photo: Rebecca Krasnik (2015)
Installation shot. Photo: Rebecca Krasnik (2015)
Installation shot. Photo: Rebecca Krasnik (2015)
Installation shot. Photo: Rebecca Krasnik (2015)
Installation shot. Photo: Rebecca Krasnik (2015)
Installation shot. Photo: Rebecca Krasnik (2015)


Daytime: 4 - 14 June (Thurs - Sun, 1pm - 6pm)
First arrangement of works produced for and at the Acme Project Space.

Late nights only: 18 - 21 June (8pm - midnight)
Showing new works after dark: moving image works, lights, phosphorescing substances.

Private View: Thursday 25 June (6pm - 9pm)
An event to celebrate the culmination of works produced for and at the Acme Project Space.

Daytime: 26 - 28 June (Fri - Sun, 1pm - 6pm)
Second arrangement of works produced for and at the Acme Project Space.

juice is an exhibition with works by Lydia Davies, Chris Ifould, Piotr Krzymowski, Sean Lavelle, Asta Meldal Lynge, Cameron Scott, Tilly Shiner and Nikhil Vettukattil. The exhibition will move through different phases over the month of June; new works will be added, existing works removed or re-staged allowing for a number of different exhibitions to be produced concurrently.

In addition to the normal opening hours, there will be a period of four days when the gallery will only be open after sunset. Here, work will be shown which requires a dark space and the natural conditions will allow existing elements to be seen in a different context.

juice presents the sound of air that yields to make way for planes moving through a sky poured and cast in concrete; standing tall surrounded by easy stud walls. The things inside the circle are organized by cranes that are lifting and delivering, staging a world view on top of the minutes that ask everything of you. And as the siren of a passing emergency spirals around the corner, the penguin suddenly comes to epitomize the very notion of elegance upon diving into the water.

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The exhibiting artists are all part of the Acme Studios/CSM Associate Studio Programme. Developed from the ongoing collaboration between Acme Studios and Central Saint Martins through the research project Double agents the Programme is a unique, pro-active and long-term initiative providing highly affordable studio space to graduates of the BA Fine Art course.

Each round runs for two years and is supported by a series of studio visits by artists, writers and curators. The first studio opened in a new build UAL Hall of Residence and studio complex in Stockwell in 2013. The second studio opens in October this year in another UAL Hall of Residence at Elephant and Castle.


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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.