Supporting the Sector
Acme Studios has taken a leading role, working with others, in developing the affordable artists' studio sector in England.
Established by artists in 1972, Acme Studios has benefited from an extraordinary consistency of management and vision. The co-founders, Jonathan Harvey and David Panton continue to lead the organisation today.
The main challenges facing the affordable artists' studio sector have changed little over the last 40 years. Acme's first brochure, published when The Acme Gallery opened in Covent Garden in 1976, emphasised that: 'Permanent property must be found and acquired...' because of the waste of energy and investment in moving from one temporary building to another. An understanding of the need for studio groups to work together was also clearly expressed: 'There is a case for all groups working in the area of provision of studio space and accommodation to co-operate and to pool resources and information, rather than to continue the fragmentary development being done at the moment'. Acme continues to promote the need for permanent affordable space with key organisations including the Mayor's Office and Arts Council England.
For more information on the role Acme has played in supporting the sector, see 'Further Reading'.
Artist Samson Kambalu in his studio at Harrow 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.