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The Acme Project Space ran from June 2009 to December 2015. It provided 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.

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Gemma Anderson

‘Portraits: Patients and Psychiatrists’ 12.11.2010 - 5.12.2010

 
'Portraits: Patients and Psychiatrists' by Gemma Anderson. Photo: Gemma Anderson (2010)
'Portraits: Patients and Psychiatrists' by Gemma Anderson. Photo: Gemma Anderson (2010)
'Portraits: Patients and Psychiatrists' by Gemma Anderson. Photo: Gemma Anderson (2010)
'Portraits: Patients and Psychiatrists' by Gemma Anderson. Photo: Gemma Anderson (2010)
'Portraits: Patients and Psychiatrists' by Gemma Anderson. Photo: Gemma Anderson (2010)
'Portraits: Patients and Psychiatrists' by Gemma Anderson. Photo: Gemma Anderson (2010)
 
 

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Fire Station Work/Live Programme 4

‘By exploring patients’ stories, asking questions about their lives, Anderson has found a way to unite visually the public and private self and, by addressing the whole individual, to return to her sitters a unique sense of their own identity.’
Emma Lilley, Associate Director, Beaux Arts

Acme Fire Station artist Gemma Anderson will be showing the culmination of three years’ work at the Acme Project Space from 12 November. Portraits: Patients and Psychiatrists contains etched portraits and recorded interviews with patients and psychiatrists at Bethlem Royal Hospital, London. All the etchings are drawn directly from life onto the copperplate and contain objects and imagery which reflect the sitter who is identified only by a first name, with no indication of whether they are patient or psychiatrist.

The project is a result of conversations between Gemma Anderson and forensic psychiatrist Tim McInerny and curator Sarah Williams which led to participation in 'An experiment in Collaboration' at the Jerwood Space in London in 2008. The project continued to develop with six months’ funding from with the Wellcome Trust in 2009 to produce a series of life-size etchings, a blog and publication. This year has seen a series of exhibitions of the work in non-gallery venues such as the Freud Museum and Globe Theatre in London. Gemma plans to develop the project at the Acme Project Space to include audio recordings and display cases of personal objects.

 
 

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