Acme, supporting artists since 1972

Other creative practice

In order to meet Acme’s charitable objects, tenants must be 'non-commercial fine artists'. This phrase is used to encompass the activity of artists who make art for its creative, cultural, intellectual or philosophical value, as much as, and even in preference to, its commodity value. That is not to say that artists using Acme studios do not make efforts to sell their work or skills as fine art practitioners, privately or through agents, galleries, art dealers or public commissions. However, commercial art, such as graphic design, is not their sole occupation.

People engaged in creative activity for purely commercial purposes are not eligible for an Acme studio.

For example, such activity may be associated with those working in contemporary craft, or within the design, fashion, film and video, or music industries.

Other studio providers may have different charitable objects to Acme offering space to people working within the creative industries in addition to fine artists. For further information, please see ‘External Links’

Artist Rebecca Stevenson in her studio at the Galleria. Photo: Hugo Glendinning (2011)

Artist Rebecca Stevenson in her studio at the Galleria. Photo: Hugo Glendinning (2011)

External Links


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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.