Acme Studios

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Acme Studios is a charity based in London, United Kingdom. According to Arts Council England, "Acme Studios provides affordable studio and living space, and residencies and awards for professional visual artists across London through developing and managing properties."[1]

Acme was founded in 1972 by Jonathan Harvey and David Panton. In 2014, both received an OBE for services to the arts.[2]

According to the Whitechapel Gallery, "Leaving the protective environment of art school has always been a huge challenge. In 1972, a group of London graduates, led by Jonathan Harvey and David Panton, took matters into their own hands. The unpromising recession-gripped landscape of East London – of empty factories and riverside warehouses, and boarded-up houses destined for demolition – presented an unexpected route to survival: cheap, though temporary, space to work and live appeared to be in free supply." [3]

Acme offers awards and residencies including the Fire Station Work/Live Programme whose recipients include Martin Creed, Lindsay Seers and Haroon Mirza.


  1. ^ "Acme Studios". Arts Council England. Arts Council England. Archived from the original on 13 July 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "New Year's Honours List 2014". UK Government. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Acme Studios". The Whitechapel Gallery. The Whitechapel Gallery. Retrieved 1 July 2014.