Created and managed by Acme Studios since 1987, the Acme Studios International Residencies Programme (Acme IRP) enables international governments, cultural agencies and foundations to offer artists major work/live residencies in London.
On behalf of our partner institutions, Acme IRP acts as a strategic advisor and representative, negotiating accommodation, workspace and services, and providing social and cultural support for visiting residents.
Visiting residents are practising artists, curators, writers, musicians, composers, designers and architects. All residencies are based in East London, an area which has become the centre for visual artists' studios and galleries, attracting people from all over the world. Visiting residency holders are selected by the relevant partner organisations.
Through supporting artists to undertake a developmental residency in London, organisations also underpin their own cultural, social and developmental policy objectives within an international context. Acme IRP works closely with its partners to ensure that residency programmes successfully deliver long-term benefits to both the artist and the institution.
In response to increasing requests from artists we created a new residency programme, called the Associate Artist Residency (AAR). AAR operates alongside our current international residency programme and allows artists for the first time to apply directly to Acme for London residency opportunities.
Associate Artist Residencies are tailored to suit the networking needs of international artists, allowing them to research, develop relationships and focus on their work in a supported environment. The programme is open to artists working in all disciplines and resident in any country outside of England. Residencies can be developed around a particular project or conceived of as networking and contacts focused for one, two or three months.
For more information on our residency opportunities including application forms, visit