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Aiming to intervene at pivotal moments in artists’ careers, Acme’s programme of artist support is designed to have transformational impact. Over 700 artists have benefitted from residencies and awards at Acme since its foundation in 1987.

Our early career programme provides artists in their first five years of practice with a variety of support structures, including financial subsidy, rent relief, professional development, mentoring, presentation and exhibition opportunities.

Our artist centered mid career support can include work/live accommodation, financial bursaries, mentoring, professional development, all within the support of an artist peer community.

We are currently developing opportunities to support late career artists.

Opportunities for artists range from fully funded residencies and awards with partner organisations, focusing on supporting artists from particular regions or at particular points in their careers, to open call artist proposition residencies.

Residency Programme since: 1987
Description of Organisation:

Acme was founded by artists, for artists, in 1972. We support the development and production of art by reducing the practical challenges that artists face, increasing their ability to take creative risks.

We work collaboratively with partners to deliver affordable and secure artist studio provision, and develop pioneering residencies and awards programmes that support artists at all stages of their careers.

Acme is the UK’s leading provider of new-build artists’ studios in mixed-use residential schemes, working in partnership with commercial developers and housing associations.

We provide studio space for fine artists who are unable to afford to rent work space on the open market. We currently support over 700 individual artists across Greater London.

Organisation founded in: 1972
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 3
  • Months: 6
  • Years: 1
  • Years: 1+
Number of studios: more than 20
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 16 and 20
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Private Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Printmaking
  • New Media
  • Curatorial
  • Other
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Internet
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Networking
  • Other
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Wide range of arts professionals and institutions across London, including connectivity to workshop spaces
    Application process: Digital application
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: Depending on the individual programme, residencies are either fully funded or artist fee paying
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: Depending on the individual programme, residencies are either fully funded or artist fee paying
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: London City Airport
    Nearest Train Station: Stratford International
    How to reach by plane: The closest airport is London City Airport however the studios are accessible via all London airports
    How to reach by train: The closest London underground station is Bow Church. The closest major transport hub is Stratford International.
    How to reach by car: Easily accessible.
    How to reach by boat: N/A
    Street & Number: 44 Copperfield Road
    Postal Code: E3 4RR
    City: London
    Country long: United-Kingdom
    44 Copperfield Road
    London E3 4RR GBR
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