Acme, supporting artists since 1972

About Acme

By providing affordable studio and living space, residencies and awards, opportunities and other support, Acme has supported over 7,000 artists since 1972.

From two derelict shops in London’s East End, we have grown to become the largest single provider of artists’ studios in England. Over 80% of our studio stock is held on a long-term basis.

Artists are allocated studios based on individual needs and time on our waiting list.

The current average cost of a studio is £11.15 per square foot per year or £279 per month for a 300f² (28m²) studio, fully inclusive of business rates, insurance and service charges.

In 2017, 66 artists will participate in Acme’s residencies and awards programmes.

Via advocacy, partnerships, advice and consultancy, Acme works to support the preservation, professionalism and to increase the supply of affordable artists’ studios elsewhere.


Mission & Values

Acme supports the development and production of art by providing the time, space, financial support and other opportunities artists need. We believe that by reducing the practical challenges that artists face, we increase their ability to take greater creative risks.

  • Visual Culture. We believe in the importance of visual culture to society, in freedom of expression and the independence of artists.
  • Integrity. We are independent. We promote equality of access in all aspects of our work. We treat all artists equally. We strive to achieve the highest standards of professionalism and value in our operations.
  • Self-sufficiency. We plan our projects and resources to be efficient, secure and sustainable. We minimise our financial risks to maximise the benefits we can offer artists. We are aigle and promote innovation in all we do.
  • Generosity. We were founded by artists for artists. We are not-for-profit. We dedicate all of our resources to supporting artists to succeed. We listen to artists and are flexible in response.



Acme Artists Studios Limited
A registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014
Reg. No: IP30662 R
Vat No 680 7763 03

44 Copperfield Road,
Bow, London, E3 4RR
020 8981 6811


Board of Trustees

Robert Barnes

Naomi Dines

Richard Kingsnorth (Company Secretary)

Henry Lydiate

Richard Millward (Chair)

David Panton OBE

Trevor Sutton

Holly Tebbutt 



Musanna Ahmed - Residencies & Awards Assistant

Jennifer Baglow - Property Administrator

Jemima Brown - Artist Liaison Officer

Charlie Coffey - Residencies & Awards Manager

Heather Deedman - Head of Artist Liaison

Jack Fortescue - Projects & Communications

Jane Hartley - Property Manager

Calum F Kerr - Artist Liaison Officer (Waiting List)

Richard Kingsnorth (Company Secretary) - Head of Finance and Resources

John Lang - Head of Property Management

Ben Lawley - Rent Accounts Manager

Lottie Leedham - Senior Artist Liaison Officer

Laura Martin - Residencies & Awards Manager

Eleanor Moreton - Accounts Administrator

Lea O'Loughlin - Head of Residencies & Awards

Meti Osmani - Property Manager

David Panton OBE - Director of Estates

Chris Scannell - Property Manager

Zoe Schoenherr - Rent Accounts Administrator


Acme Studios' office is located on the fourth floor of a former factory on the Regent's Canal next to Mile End Stadium in Mile End Park, East London.


Artist Amy Gee in her studio at Childers Street. Photo: Hugo Glendinning (2011)

Artist Amy Gee in her studio at Childers Street. Photo: Hugo Glendinning (2011)

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