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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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Stephanie Kingston

‘Sydney Road’ 7.10.2010 - 31.10.2010

 
'Sydney Road' by Stephanie Kingston at the Acme Project Space. Photo: Acme Studios (2010)
'Sydney Road' by Stephanie Kingston at the Acme Project Space. Photo: Acme Studios (2010)
'Sydney Road' by Stephanie Kingston at the Acme Project Space. Photo: Acme Studios (2010)
'Sydney Road' by Stephanie Kingston at the Acme Project Space. Photo: Acme Studios (2010)
'Sydney Road' by Stephanie Kingston at the Acme Project Space. Photo: Acme Studios (2010)
'Sydney Road' by Stephanie Kingston at the Acme Project Space. Photo: Acme Studios (2010)
 
 

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Jessica Wilkes Award

'Sydney Road' is an exhibition of paintings, photographs, film and collected memorabilia, by Stephanie Kingston which opens at the Acme Project Space on 7 October. The works are the result of Stephanie’s intense engagement with the house in Sydney Road of her Uncle and Aunt, Mark and Marigold Kingston. Mark and Marigold were both actors and Stephanie had known the house almost from birth.

In 2008, her Uncle and Aunt, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia, left the house after nearly forty years to move together into a residential home. The paintings reflect the extraordinary vitality of their house. In a most affecting way they also communicate the sense of loss as the house became emptied leaving behind only traces and memories. Stephanie’s letter to Mark and Marigold which introduces the accompanying publication to the exhibition touches on their possible struggle to remember what was once so central to their lives.

In 2009 Stephanie was selected for Acme’s Jessica Wilkes Award and this support enabled her to develop this new series of paintings. The annual award provides an Acme tenant with a grant of £10,000 so they can devote more time and resources to their studio practice.

The exhibition is complemented by a 48 page publication, which includes a moving reminiscence from Mark and Marigold’s great friends, Tom and Isabel Courtenay.

 
 

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