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Sarah Duffy and Maaike Anne Stevens

‘DELVE’ 9.5.2014 - 25.5.2014

Social exchange site visit to Chislehurst Caves, Kent. (Courtesy of Sofia Akram.)
Social exchange site visit to Chislehurst Caves, Kent. (Courtesy of Sofia Akram.)
Sarah Duffy,Come On In, 2014, video/performance. (Courtesy of the artist.)
Maaike Anne Stevens,Black Sea, 2014, digital print. (Courtesy of the artist.)


Curated by Sofia Akram, Jintaeg Jang, Hena Lee, Jane Scarth and Yingting Xie

Thursdays to Sunday, 1pm to 6pm
Private view: Thursday 8 May 2014, 6pm to 9pm

DELVE is an exhibition 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 current 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.


Acme Project Space
44 Bonner Road
E2 9JS
020 8981 6811
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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 (see map on right):

  • 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.



Maaike Anne Stevens

‘Black Sea’ 21.3.2014 - 20.4.2014

Detail 'Black Sea' at the Acme Project Space. Photo: Fiona Haggerty (2014)
Detail 'Black Sea' at the Acme Project Space. Photo: Fiona Haggerty (2014)
Detail 'Black Sea' at the Acme Project Space. Photo: Fiona Haggerty (2014)
Private view of 'Black Sea' at the Acme Project Space. Photo: Fiona Haggerty (2014)
Film still taken from 'Black Sea' at the Acme Project Space.
Film still taken from 'Black Sea' at the Acme Project Space.


Thursdays to Sunday, 1pm to 6pm

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.

Maaike Anne Stevens was the recipient of the Chadwell Studio Award 2012-13 and has continued to be supported by the award during 2013/14. The award aims to provide a bridge between art school and practice as a professional artist and works with different institutions each year. It provides a rent free studio for a year, a bursary of £5,000 and the opportunity for on-going dialogue and critical feedback with other professional artists and curators. Maaike graduated from Goldsmiths in 2012 and during the award has executed works with Jealous Gallery London and the London Print Studio as well as a major public art commission in central London to be completed in 2015.


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