Acme Studios International Residencies Programme

General information

Brief description of organisation

Acme Studios Ltd. (Acme) is a London-based charity founded by Jonathan Harvey and David Panton in 1972 to provide affordable studio space, residencies and awards for fine artists in economic need. Recognised as the leading studio development organisation in England, Acme has helped more than 5,000 artists. Working with the National Federation of Artists’ Studio Providers, Acme also offers support, advice and associated publications for artists, studios groups, and all those with an interest in helping to develop affordable space for artists, and acts as an advocate on behalf of the affordable studios sector. Acme is supported by Arts Council England.
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Brief description of residency program

Acme International Residencies Programme operates two strands of programming for international artists:

Organisational partnerships allow international arts councils and foundations to send artists to London via long term partnerships with Acme. Artists apply in their home countries and are chosen by our partners through their residencies and awards programmes. Recipients receive live/work accommodation, a stipend and depending on the partnership, exhibition opportunities.

Associate Artist Residencies (AAR) enable international artists and funders to form short-term relationships with Acme for individual artist residencies. They enable artists to apply directly to Acme and to access the networks and opportunities previously only available through residencies with our partner organisations.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time

more than 20

Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
Grants available

The following partners provide fully funded opportunities for London residencies through Acme Studios. Residencies last for 3, 6 or 12 months: Australia Council for the Arts; Aargauer Kuratorium; Canada Council for the Arts; Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec; Hessische Kulturstiftung; Iaspis; Landis & Gyr Stiftung; Swiss Federal Office of Culture. Artists applying directly to Acme for Associate Artist Residencies will require their own funding, which is usually obtained via travel or professional development grant funding in their home countries.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Other

Expenses depend on which residency programme artists are applying for

Expectations of the artist
  • Other

Expectations are specific to the individual residency.

Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Allowance/Stipend
Application who/how


Selection procedure


Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


Urban, East London

  • Internet Connection
Number of studios

between 11 and 16

  • Private Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions

How to reach

By train

The closest London underground station is Bow Church. The closest major transport hub is Stratford International.

By plane

The closest airport is London City Airport however the studios are accessible via all London airports

By car

Easily accessible.

Nearest airport

London City Airport

Link to Google Maps

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Contact information

Acme Studios International Residencies Programme
44 Copperfield Road
E3 4RR London
United Kingdom

Phone: 44 20 8981 6811

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