Acme Studios International Residencies


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
Discussions (0) Opportunities (2) Events (0) Jobs (0)

Applications for Associate Artist Residency (AAR) Programme 2016 in London now open

Fri May 29, 2015 17:00

London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Applications for Associate Artist Residency (AAR) Programme for 2016 is now open. The Associate Artist Residency enables international artists to apply directly to Acme International Residencies Programme (IRP) for concentrated networking residencies in London. This residency is open to visual artists, curators and art writers for 1-3 months. Residencies can be developed around a particular project or conceived of as networking or contacts focused.

Further information about the programme and how to apply, please visit:

Application deadline: Thursday 30th April 2015.


Acme Studios International Residencies Programme - Associate Artist Residency

Sat Dec 31, 2011 12:00

London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Acme International Residencies Programme is now accepting applications directly from artists for our Associate Artist Residency (AAR) programme. AAR enables artists to access the networks and
opportunities previously only available through residencies with our partner organisations.  
An AAR is tailored to the specific needs of the artist, allowing them to research, develop relationships and focus on their work in a supported environment.  Residencies can be developed around a particular project, or be conceived of as networking and contacts focused.The
IRP manager mentors AAR artists individually, matching their skills and ambitions with industry experts. We help artists make the most of their time in London by introducing new creative supports and establishing mentoring relationships. Acme facilitates introductions, discussions and presentations with contemporary galleries, consultants, artists and cultural organisations. This approach benefits the artist well beyond the residency period, often leading to further opportunities.
Artists require five years professional experience, strong English language skills and the confidence to hold discussions (in English) with arts industry professionals. AAR is not open to undergraduate students. Postgraduate students may apply if they have the required professional experience independent of their studies.
AAR Fees and Accommodation:
One month programme £2,900
Two month programme £4,200
Three month programme £5,700
AAR Fee Includes:
-Letters of support for external funding applications
-Assistance in finding working and living accommodation
-Individual sessions with the IRP Manager for individually tailored    residency development
-Individual mentoring with distinguished industry professionals
-Gallery visits and Acme IRP scheduled events
-Introductions to artists, arts professionals and organisations
-Invitations to private views, events, and networking opportunities
-Small scale presentation (artist talk, screening, open studio or one-  day show)
-Opportunities for larger project or presentation activities (subject to  additional funding)
The AAR fee does not include artist visa, travel, accommodation and living costs.
To Apply:
Artists working in any discipline are welcome to apply for 1, 2 or 3 month residencies. Application forms and detailed information on finding funding can be found at:
About Acme Studios
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. You can read more about Acme at