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Tower Hamlets Studio Residency

Eligibility: London-based artists, whose practice involves social engagement.

Next programme: Applications for this residency are now closed. Full application details will be available on this website.



As part of our new-build studios in Leven Road, London, E14, Acme offers a rent-free studio residency worth £7,000 for two years plus a grant of £10,000 a year to an artist living or working in London. The development consists of 66 affordable housing units and 21 affordable studios and is a ground-breaking partnership development with Swan Housing Association.

The residency is an opportunity for an artist involved with socially-engaged practice to develop significant relationships, through their work, with local residents and the wider community. It also offers a significant financial and practical breathing space, allowing an artist to focus on the development of their practice.


2009 - 2011: Jan Hendrickse

Jan Hendrickse, an artist working with sound and visual references from London, was chosen as the first artist in residence at Leven Road. Jan developed his own practice and worked with local residents and community groups to explore the acoustic ecology of East London, employing listening as a way of exploring the sonic environment. 

Jan marked the culmination of his residency with 'Transient' a sound and video installation exhibition at the Acme Project Space.

During his residency, Jan created a sound piece for 'Contort Yourself' an exhibition at the Acme Project Space and worked with local people as part of the Teviot Arts Festival.

'Transient' by Jan Hendrickse. Photo: Esther Ellard (2011)

'Transient' by Jan Hendrickse. Photo: Esther Ellard (2011)

'What struck me about Jan (Hendrickse) was his warm, informal and engaging manner. And he has a real understanding of the social and cultural issues in the area.'

Alethea Dougal, Swan Housing Group, Acme Bulletin (Oct 2008)

Jan Hendrickse and local residents at the official opening of Leven Road. Photo: Greg Goodale (2009)

Jan Hendrickse and local residents at the official opening of Leven Road. Photo: Greg Goodale (2009)

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