Acme, supporting artists since 1972

Residency & Awards Programme

Acme Studios adds to its core activity of providing artists with affordable and secure non-residential studio space through a range of programmes which include work/live and studio bursary and residency schemes. These programmes are some of the most directly supportive for artists anywhere in the UK.

The Fire Station Work/Live Residency Programme provides 12 units of combined working and living space at a subsidised rent. The programme is open for national submission and runs for five years at a time.

The Stephen Cripps' Studio Award is for artists whose practice is based in sculpture which embraces elements of light, movement, machinery, sound or performance and is based at High House Artists' Studios.

All Acme tenants are eligible for the alternating Rita Harris Studio Award and Jessica Wilkes Award, with each providing a free studio for a year and a grant (together worth £10,000). The next tenant award will be announced in late 2017.

Acme runs seven awards for art college graduates housed at our Warton House studios in Stratford, E15: the Adrian Carruthers Studio Award which is open to graduating students from the MA course at the Slade School of Art; the Chelsea BA Studio Award is open to graduating BA Fine Art students; the Chelsea MA Studio Award is open to graduating MA Fine Art students; the City & Guilds of London Art School Studio Award; the Goldsmiths MFA Studio Award; the Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award for MA graduates from Central Saint Martins; and the Jonathan Harvey Studio Award for BA graduates from four London art colleges.

We also run the Associate Studio Programme for Central Saint Martins BA Fine Art graduates.

One-off projects and residencies which have come to an end can be found on our Previous Projects page. 



For more information about the programme or to discuss establishing a new programme, please contact:

Julia Lancaster, Senior Residency & Awards Manager -

Charlie Coffey, Residency & Awards Officer -

Acme Studios
44 Copperfield Road,
Bow, London, E3 4RR
T 020 8981 6811

Current and previous artists gather outside the Fire Station to celebrate the building's centenary. Photo: Alice Evans (2012)
Current and previous artists gather outside the Fire Station to celebrate the building's centenary. Photo: Alice Evans (2012)
Anna Moderato in the Chelsea Studio at Childers Street, SE8. Photo: Anna Moderato (2012)
Residents at Bow Cross. Photo: Simon Terrill (2011)
'Trickster' by K Yoland in the Southwark Studio at Galleriam SE14. Photo: K Yoland (2012)
'100 Harmless Scientific Experiments To Try At Home' at the Acme Project Space. Photo: We Colonised The Moon (2011)



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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.