Acme Studios, supporting art and artists since 1972

Allocation Policy

Studios are offered to artists as they become available, either through 'turnover' (when an artist leaves a space) in one of our existing buildings or through the development of new buildings.

There are over 1,500 artists already registered with us and it is difficult to predict with any accuracy the rate of turnover or exactly when new buildings will become available. We cannot therefore give you a clear indication of how long it might take before a studio becomes available or guarantee that we will be able to offer you a studio that fully meets your needs. Please see Waiting Times for more information.

Allocation of studio space is made strictly on the basis of registration date.

When an artist takes up a space which meets their requirements they no longer remain registered on the list although they may request to join the transfer list for another Acme studio that better meets their needs.

Acme is committed to ensuring that as many of our studio buildings as possible are physically accessible to users and the public. We have a commitment to making adaptations to studios, wherever practicable, to meet the specific needs of individual artists. We aim that all new-build studios not only meet the latest access requirements but exceed those guidelines and attempt to recognise that successful building design is driven by the people that use them. A responsive attitude to our users is therefore considered crucial. If necessary, when allocating studio space, we reserve the right to prioritise artists for whom a choice is limited as a result of their specific access needs.

Artists who take up a temporary studio option (a sub-let for six months or a shared or partitioned studio) remain on the waiting list until a studio which meets their requirements becomes available. They will need to update annually in the normal way.

If you do not respond to emails or letters informing you of possible space, or update your registration annually, we reserve the right to remove your name from the waiting list.

Artist Gareth Mason in his studio at Copperfield Road. Photo: Hugo Glendinning (2011)

Artist Gareth Mason in his studio at Copperfield Road. Photo: Hugo Glendinning (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.