Acme, supporting artists since 1972

Hardship Fund

Acme offers a small hardship fund to help pay the studio rent for Acme artist tenants who face exceptional short-term financial difficulties due to changes in circumstances. These difficulties may have arisen through illness or accident, to themselves or family members, making it very hard for them to continue to work or earn funds to cover their studio rent.

The fund, currently £10,000 a year, is being established through legacies, donations and from our own sources.

The fund cannot help artists where the recession has caused career difficulties, or where an artist is unable to find a market for their work or for other business or legal difficulties including changes in personal relationships such as divorce or separation.

Most recently Acme has granted:

  • A three month rent-free period to a tenant with a chronic health condition that prevented them from being able to continue their freelance work that supported their practice.
  • A six month rent-free period to a tenant whose partner died suddenly and who needed time to restructure their finances.
  • A six month rent-free period to a tenant who was subject to a serious assault and was temporarily unable to continue with a job that supported their studio practice.

Six months’ rent-free is the maximum payment.

If you are a current Acme tenant and think your circumstances may qualify you to apply to the hardship fund please contact Heather by phone or email – Applications for support can be made at any time. All enquiries and awards will be treated as strictly confidential.

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