Acme, supporting artists since 1972

Residency & Awards Programme

Acme works with a range of partners and generous donors to provide UK-based artists with awards and residencies.

Our aim is to intervene at critical moments in artistic careers in a manner which centres on meeting a defined need of the artist and thereby supports their professional progress.

This year, 29 artists will benefit from the following Acme awards and opportunities:

Associate Studio Programme

A two-year programme for 20 artists operated by Acme in partnership with Central Saint Martins. It offers BA Fine Art graduates a studio at a highly subsidised rent alongside mentoring and critical dialogue opportunities.

Graduate Award Programme

A number of 12-month awards presently supporting seven graduate artists with the goal of providing a bridge between college and professional practice. Each recipient artist is selected in partnership with a university. The awards are operated by Acme and provide a bursary, rent-free studio space and a mentoring programme tailored specifically to the graduate’s practice including studio visits from other professional artists, curators, and access to networking opportunities. Recipients occupy shared and adjacent studio space in order to foster and encourage a greater degree of peer support and an environment of growth, risk-taking and excellence.

Details of our past residency and awards can be found on our Previous Projects page. 



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

Charlie Coffey, Residency & Awards Manager -

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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