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Latest news from High House Production Park and our partners

Acme announces new Alumni Residency

August 14th, 2018

Acme continues to look at ways of reaching out and supporting our community of artists. Our new Alumni Residency will provide the time and space for artist to focus on their practice at a critical point in their career, within the context of a mixed studio environment and a wider community of long-term studio holders. The residency is open to artists who have previously benefitted from our Residencies & Awards programme, but who are once again in a position where they would benefit from a supported studio environment.

This year we are piloting two studio-based residencies, running 1 October 2018 – 29 March 2019 and 1 April –  30 September 2019. Selected artists will be based in a shared studio at Acme's Warton House building in Stratford, E15.

 


Dates for the Diary

August 13th, 2018

If you want to see Kinetika's work, or get involved, here are the dates for your diary.


Kate Howard selected for the Goldsmiths MFA Award 2018/19

August 7th, 2018

Kate Howard has been selected for the Goldsmiths MFA Award from a shortlist of six by a panel including the curator Natasha Hoare (Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art) and the artist David Batchelor.

The other shortlisted artists were Victor Brietensky, Paul Chapelier, Javier Chozas, Rosa Doornebal, and Anna Mikola.

As part of the Acme Graduate Programme, the award offers one final-year MFA student from Goldsmiths College a studio for one year, bursary of £7,000, mentoring from visiting artists and curators, and the chance to work with a gallery towards a public exhibition or project. The programme aims to intervene at a critical moment to support early-career artists in the transition from art school to professional practice.

Speaking about Kate’s selection, David Batchelor said, "‘The panel was particularly taken by Kate’s use of bold and sometimes very large three-dimensional elements, her engagement with the history of sculptural form, and her thoughtful inquiry into aspects of sexuality and gender fluidity”.

The selection panel comprised of the artist and visiting lecturer David Batchelor, Natasha Hoare (Curator, Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art) and Charlie Coffey (Residencies & Awards Manager, Acme).  

The Goldsmiths MFA Award is a partnership between Acme, Goldsmiths College and Jane Hamlyn. 

Since 1972, Acme has provided affordable homes, studio space, residencies and awards to fine artists. By providing the space, time, finance and opportunity we aim to promote the development of art and artists’ careers.


Mitchell Vowles selected for the Jonathan Harvey Award 2018/19

August 7th, 2018

Mitchell Vowles has been selected for the Jonathan Harvey Award from a shortlist of six by a panel including the artist Rafal Zajko.

The other shortlisted artists were Maisy Alvin, Martha Clarke, Zoe Forster, Rashi Rajguru, and Colette Williams.

As part of the Acme Graduate Programme, the award offers one final-year BA student from Camberwell, Chelsea or Wimbledon College of Arts (UAL) a studio for one year, bursary of £7,000, mentoring from visiting artists and curators, and the chance to work with a gallery towards a public exhibition or project. The programme aims to intervene at a critical moment to support early-career artists in the transition from art school to professional practice.

Speaking about Mitchell’s selection, Rafal Zajko said, "Mitchell's mixture of technical competence and difficult subject matter (toxic masculinity, lad culture) stood out from the selection. I feel the extra year-long support that Acme offers

will be used to its fullest potential and will be curious to see how his practice evolves - definitely one to watch!" Award donor, Chris Jermyn commented that “Mitchell was an ideal winner of the award, given his determination to have a career as an artist and contemporary relevance of his work”.

The selection panel comprised of the artist and previous Chelsea BA Award recipient, Rafal Zajko, Lea O’Loughlin (Head of Residencies & Awards, Acme) and Charlie Coffey (Residencies & Awards Manager, Acme).  

The Jonathan Harvey Award is a partnership between Acme, the Tomart Foundation and University of the Arts London. 

Since 1972, Acme has provided affordable homes, studio space, residencies and awards to fine artists. By providing the space, time, finance and opportunity we aim to promote the development of art and artists’ careers.


Spectacular Success!

July 27th, 2018

Thurrock 100 Recipes 2018 is now over after another busy festival! 


Cora Seghal Cuthbert selected for the City & Guilds of London School of Art Award 2018/19

July 20th, 2018

Cora Cuthbert has been selected for the City & Guilds of London School of Art Award from a shortlist of six by a panel including the artist Andrew Grassie. The other shortlisted artists were: Megan Elliott, Matteo Santacroce, Leonie Silye and Maria Positano.

As part of the Acme Graduate Programme, the award offers one final-year MA student from City & Guilds of London School of Art a studio for one year, bursary of £7,000, mentoring from invited artists and curators, and the chance to work with a gallery towards a public exhibition or project. The programme aims to intervene at a critical moment to support early-career artists in the transition from art school to professional practice.

Speaking about Cora’s selection, Andrew said, "Cora has been an original voice throughout her time at City and Guilds of London Art School. Through an eclectic range of visual responses and recorded interventions, she has cleverly articulated a personal eulogy to the East End of London. This will be a fantastic opportunity for Cora to further research and respond to the environment around the studio in Stratford.”

The selection panel comprised of the artist and visiting lecturer Andrew Grassie, Tamiko O’Brien (Principal, City & Guilds) and Charlie Coffey (Residencies & Awards Manager, Acme).

The City & Guilds London School of Art Award is a partnership between Acme and City & Guilds London School of Art.

Since 1972, Acme has provided affordable homes, studio space, residencies and awards to fine artists. By providing the space, time, finance and opportunity we aim to promote the development of art and artists’ careers.


Visitors from Chile invite everyone to join the fun at Community Feast!

July 16th, 2018

16 July 2018 There’s a feast on offer in Tilbury and everyone is welcome. To register (both are free events, but booking is essential): 21 July Tilbury Town to Port with docker puppet and carnival dancers 21 July Tilbury community feast In conjunction with the...


Greta Davies selected for the Adrian Carruthers Award 2018/19

July 16th, 2018

Greta Davies has been selected for the Adrian Carruthers Award from a shortlist of six by the artist Jo Brennan. The other shortlisted artists were: Gabriela Giroletti, Rowland Hill, Solveig Settemsdal, Flurina Sokoll and Karolina Stellaki.

As part of the Acme Graduate Programme, the award offers one final-year MA student from the Slade School of Fine Art a studio for one year, bursary of £7,000, mentoring from invited artists and curators, and the chance to work with a gallery towards a public exhibition or project. The programme aims to intervene at a critical moment to support early-career artists in the transition from art school to professional practice.

Commenting on Greta’s selection, Jo said, "Such brilliant and accomplished work by all six shortlisted artists made it almost impossible to select one. After much consideration, the award went to Greta Davies. The depth of engagement and vibrancy of Greta’s work immediately struck me. Her bold use of coloured vinyl, projection and text to map the spaces we are constantly moving through or perhaps overlook. This felt like an exciting moment in the development of her work and vital time to support her practice to grow in confidence and scale.  Studio time and mentoring, as well as financial assistance, will be invaluable in opening up new ideas and opportunities for her work to thrive in and build the support structure needed to sustain her future career.”

The selection panel comprised of the artist and lecturer Jo Bruton, Lea O’Loughlin (Head of Residencies & Awards, Acme) and Charlie Coffey (Residencies & Awards Manager, Acme).

The Adrian Carruthers Award is a partnership between Acme and the Slade School of Fine Art, funded by Acme and the Adrian Carruthers Memorial Fund.

Since 1972, Acme has provided affordable homes, studio space, residencies and awards to fine artists. By providing the space, time, finance and opportunity we aim to promote the development of art and artists’ careers.


Marylyn Molisso selected for the Helen Scott Lidgett Award 2018/19

July 11th, 2018

Marylyn Molisso has been selected for the Helen Scott Lidgett Award from a shortlist of six by artist selector Maeve Brennan. The other shortlisted artists were: Jolanta Basova, Tiffany Howe, Max Stanley, Emma Starkey and Çağlar Tahiroğlu.

As part of the Acme Graduate Programme, the award offers one final-year MA student from Central Saint Martins a studio for one year, bursary of £7,000, mentoring from invited artists and curators, and the chance to work with a gallery towards a public exhibition or project. The programme aims to intervene at a critical moment to support early-career artists in the transition from art school to professional practice.

Speaking about Marylyn’s degree show work, Maeve said, "Marylyn's work is ambitious and compelling, dealing with urgent issues around anxiety. Her commitment and inventiveness stood out, through her impressive large-scale sculptural installations and their intimate attention to detail. In a time when space is hard to come by, the residency will provide Marylyn with the support and resources she needs at a critical point in the development of her practice."

The selection panel consisted of artist Maeve Brennan, family representative Aaron Scott Lidgett, Lea O’Loughlin (Head of Residencies & Awards, Acme) and Charlie Coffey (Residencies & Awards Manager, Acme).

The Helen Scott Lidgett Award is a partnership between Acme and Central Saint Martins, funded by Acme and the Helen Scott Lidgett Fund.

Since 1972, Acme has provided affordable homes, studio space, residencies and awards to fine artists. By providing the space, time, finance and opportunity we aim to promote the development of art and artists’ careers.


Musicians and performers – Want to collaborate with Teatro Container?

June 26th, 2018

Do you have a song to share or a tale to perform?  The Tilbury community feast would love to hear from you! When: 14-21 July 2018


Cooks and crafters – get involved with Tilbury Community Feast!

June 25th, 2018

Do you have a brilliant recipe to share or can you help make bunting?  The Tilbury community feast would love to hear from you! Activities 16-21 July 2018.


RSC Midsummer Dance Party

June 14th, 2018

Join us and the Royal Shakespeare Company for a free weekend of craft and dance workshops to create a spectacular mass dance party, inspired by Romeo and Juliet.


Free creative workshops & how to get involved with Thurrock 100 Recipes!

June 7th, 2018

Kinetika invites you to join free, creative workshops and activities this summer as part of its Kitchen Table and T100 Recipes projects. 


Kinetika Launches T100 Recipes Walking Festival

June 5th, 2018

Thurrock 100 is back for 2018, and this year the theme is food! Read all about it here.


Opportunity to learn large scale puppet-making in Thurrock

May 31st, 2018

Would you like to help make a giant TILBURY DOCKER PUPPET? When: Monday 14th May - Sunday 20 May Where: Kinetika’s Studios at High House Production Park in Purfleet


Kinetika Newsletter out now!

May 30th, 2018

The latest Kinetika news is here - read all about Teatro Container, Thurrock 100 recipes, the Docker puppet, Processions and hundreds of flags!


Current Vacancy: Communications Manager (3 days/week)

April 5th, 2018

We are recruiting for a permanent 3 days/week role supporting Acme’s Head of Projects and Communications who is transitioning from communications to a property development role.

The Communications Manager will work collaboratively across the whole organisation to support the timely and effective delivery of cyclical and ad-hoc communications projects, as well as identifying future communications opportunities across the organisation. The role involves daily functional tasks and engaging across different channels from press releases to digital content.

For further information please visit Current Vacancies
 


Current Vacancy: Accounts Administrator (3 days/week)

April 3rd, 2018

We are recruiting for a permanent 3 days/week role supporting Acme’s Head of Finance and Resources.

In order to benefit artists through the provision of secure part-time employment consistent with the organisation’s charitable purposes, the post is being promoted to practising non-commercial fine artists.

For more information visit Current Vacancies.


Acme Artist Housing - open for applications

March 26th, 2018

Applications are being received for three residential artist studios at High House Artists’ Studios, Purfleet, RM19 1TT. The units form part of Acme's Artist Housing Programme which makes available up to 22 residential artist studios at a fixed monthly rent for five years, across three sites in Lambeth, Tower Hamlets and Thurrock.

Since it was founded in 1972, Acme has provided pioneering work/live opportunities for artists. The Artist Housing Programme aims to provide artists with greater financial security and predictability. Applications are welcome from artists from across the UK who have been making work for five years or more who can demonstrate both a financial and practical need and a potential transformational impact on their career.

Each residential studio at High House measures 52 square metres in total divided into an area approximately the size of a small double bedroom, a bathroom with shower, a kitchen with electric hob, oven, microwave and fridge; and a large open plan work/live area.
The rent for each residential studio is £600 per calendar month fixed for the length of the five year tenancy. This includes any business rates (on the studio element), building insurance, water, maintenance, communal electricity and cleaning, caretaking and management.

The residential studios are located on the top floor of a new-build development, High House Artists' Studios which opened in 2013, containing 40 purpose-built artists’ studios managed by Acme.

The building is located within the High House Production Park, a world-class centre for technical skills, crafts and artistic production and sits next to the Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop. Other buildings in the park include the Royal Opera House Costume Centre, the National Skills Academy Creative & Cultural Backstage Training Centre, the High House barns which provide meeting and exhibition spaces, and a café in the old stable building.

Closing Date for applications: 5pm Monday 14 May 

For more information and to apply: www.acme.org.uk/housing

 


A century of scandal: The historic items that reveal the fascinating history of Salome at the Royal Opera House

December 4th, 2017

Ljuba Welitsch as Salome in the Covent Garden Opera Company production of Salome (1949) © Royal Opera House/Roger Wood Since its first Covent Garden performance in 1910, Richard Strauss's opera Salome has enjoyed a long association with the Royal Opera House – to date six productions have been staged at the home of The Royal...


Residencies and Awards Assistant

October 3rd, 2017

Acme is currently looking to recruit a full-time, fixed-term Residencies and Awards Assistant.

This post is being promoted as a paid fixed-term contract, as an alternative to an internship, in order to benefit artists and/or cultural workers get the experience that they need to launch their careers through the provision of paid entry-level employment in the arts.

For more information and details on how to apply, please visit: http://www.acme.org.uk/aboutacme/currentvacancies

 


SEEP at PEER - A showcase exhibition of four artists completing the Acme Graduate Programme

September 22nd, 2017

Kristaps Ancāns, Josh Berry, Caroline Streck, Ruth Waters

Group show - 28 September to 10 October 2017

Open Wednesday to Saturday noon to 6pm

PEER
97 – 99 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6QL
Private view: 27 September 6-8pm

SEEP is a showcase exhibition which brings together four emerging artists as they come to the end of the Acme Graduate Programme, a year-long studio programme for recent graduates from a range of London art schools. Four of this year’s awardees, Kristaps Ancāns, Josh Berry, Caroline Streck and Ruth Waters have made new work to exhibit in the gallery spaces at PEER.

Focusing on the transition between college and professional practice, Acme aims to intervene in critical points in an artists’ careers. As part of Acme’s Residencies & Awards Programme, the Acme Graduate Programme provides recent graduates with a rent-free shared studio for one year, cash bursary, mentoring from visiting artists and curators, and the opportunity to work towards a public project or exhibition. The programme offers emerging artists the time, space, financial support and opportunities to build their practice beyond art school within a supportive network/shared community of peers. In 2016-17, the graduates received group mentoring and support from Haroon Mirza, Oreet Ashery, Patrick Goddard, Janice Kerbel, Chris Fite-Wassilak, Anna Colin, and Nikhil Vettukattil. The programme is generously supported by Jane Hamlyn, and the families of Adrian Carruthers and Helen Scott Lidgett.

Acme’s partnership with PEER provides the artists a rare opportunity to exhibit at an internationally renowned gallery and to benefit from the generosity and experience of director and curator Ingrid Swenson.

For more information about SEEP, please visit the PEER website - www.peeruk.org


Acme Fire Station Artist Open Studios

September 18th, 2017

Opening Night: Thursday 28 September, 6pm - 9pm

Friday 29 September 12pm–6pm / Saturday 30 September 12pm–6pm / Sunday 1 October 12pm–6pm

Acme Fire Station, 30 Gillender Street, Poplar, London, E14 6RH (Google Map)

Individual and collaborative exhibitions and events across the Acme Fire Station site featuring resident and invited artists as part of Art Licks Weekend 2017.

Acme's Fire Station was opened in 1997 to offer a five year work-live residency programme for artists and artist studios. The theme of ‘finding solutions’ has been implicit to all residency artists over its 20-year history, offering artists a unique, mid-term solution to give more time to their own work.

Artists from Programme 5 (2015-2020), join Art Licks Weekend to open the private Fire Station site, and a selection of residential studios; situating the artist’s individual and collaborative practices side by side, while highlighting the scope and rarity of a five-year residency. In addition, contemporary abstract artist Julie Umerle will be showing new paintings in her ground floor studio.

Half of the 12 work/live units will open to the public presenting artist-curated self-initiated group exhibitions in four strands: 'Commission and Commune', 'Love/Work', 'I like to fondle' and multi-performance event 'D!N DINS' - see Art Licks Weekend programme website for full list of resident and guest exhibiting artists.

www.artlicksweekend.com - www.acme.org.uk/residencies/firestationworklive

Resident Artists
Holly Antrum, Leah Capaldi, Lucy Clout, Samantha Donnelly, Alex Frost, Seth Guy, Rizwan Mirza, Richard Healy, Michelle Ussher, Neil Walsh, Lucy Woodhouse, Laura Yuile.

Curators
Curated and organised by Acme Fire Station Programme 5 artists.


Lucas Dupay selected for the Acme Graduate Programme: City & Guilds of London Art School Studio Award 2017-18

July 20th, 2017

Lucas Dupay has been selected for the Acme Graduate Award Programme: City & Guilds of London Art School Studio Award by a panel including artist and external selector Andrew Grassie.

As part of the Acme Graduate Award Programme, the award offers one final-year MA student from City & Guilds of London Art School a free studio for one year, a bursary, mentoring and the opportunity to work with a partner gallery towards an exhibition or public project. The award is funded by Acme and The Foyle Foundation, supported by City & Guilds of London Art School.

Speaking about Lucas’ degree show work, Andrew Grassie said “Lucas has shown beyond doubt that he has the commitment and maturity to make maximum use of this award. His work is full of well considered gestures and thoughtful decision making. It has been exciting to watch his practice develop and we hope this award will allow him to maintain his momentum and stretch out beyond the framework of the institution.”

He continued “This is such a thoughtful award, targeted at perhaps the most vulnerable point in an artist’s career, the year they leave art college.”

Since 1972, Acme has provided affordable homes, studio space, residencies and awards to fine artists. By providing the space, time, finance and opportunity we aim to promote the development of art and artists’ careers. Our aim is to intervene at critical moments in artistic careers in a manner which centres on meeting a defined need of the artist and thereby supports their professional progress.


Dominic Dispirito selected for the Adrian Carruthers Studio Award 2017-18

July 13th, 2017

Dominic Dispirito has been selected for the Adrian Carruthers Studio Award by a panel including artist and selector Peter Liversidge.

As part of the Acme Graduate Awards Programme, the award offers one final-year MA student from The Slade School of Fine Art a free studio for one year, a cash bursary, mentoring and the opportunity to work with a partner gallery towards an exhibition or public project.

Speaking about Dominic’s degree show work, Peter Liversidge said “Dominic makes work that is open and engaging on many levels. I was impressed by the installation and his total commitment to the work; he has developed, and is developing, a language which is totally his own. To keep working on the scale and ambition that he currently is, I am 100% sure he will take full advantage and make excellent use of the studio. I'm looking forward to seeing how Dominic and his work develops, and where he will be in 12 months’ time”.

Peter continued “The Adrian Carruthers Studio Award is vital as it gives time and space to an artist at possibly the most difficult stage of their career, the first 12 months post art college”.

Since 1972, Acme has provided affordable homes, studio space, residencies and awards to fine artists. By providing the space, time, finance and opportunity we aim to promote the development of art and artists’ careers. Our aim is to intervene at critical moments in artistic careers in a manner which centres on meeting a defined need of the artist and thereby supports their professional progress.


'Ring Cycle' by Hilary Powell - Friday 14 July

July 10th, 2017

Artist, filmmaker and gleaner, Hilary Powell has spent the last year exploring the landscapes and narratives of Purfleet as part of Acme's Stephen Cripps’ Studio Award. She is now preparing to present 'Ring Cycle' an audio visual symphony of greed and hope that transposes an epic cast of gods and mortals into this contemporary Thameside landscape.

The launch screening of 'Ring Cycle', with live score, takes place on Friday 14th July at 6.25pm at High House Production Park. It is presented as a prelude to the Big Screen relay of the opera Turandot organised by Royal Opera House Thurrock and the Backstage Centre. http://www.roh.org.uk/about/bp-big-screens/purfleet

From her studio in the midst of tanker docks and fenced-off storage depots, Powell has assembled a flotsam and jetsam sound studio of chalk, reeds and scrap metal. Drawing on the tradition of ‘foley’, the use of found materials to create sound effects for radio and TV, Powell takes this typically backstage art and presents it as a live performance. Collaborating with composer Kieron Maguire and involving local sound artists and singers from Thurrock - many of whom perform in the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus - this live soundtrack recreates the swoosh of wind turbines and the cries of birds, bringing the film to vivid life. Follow this link for a glimpse of the rehearsal process - https://vimeo.com/224948391 


Call for memories of The Royal Opera House

June 20th, 2017

The Royal Opera House celebrates ten years of working with communities across Thurrock in 2017 and it’s asking everyone to get involved.

The Royal Opera House Learning and Participation team is creating a special book of memories and reminiscences of the performances, projects and activities it has run over the last decade and it would love to include stories from as many people as possible.

Find out more about how to get involved.


The Bunting Challenge with The Royal Opera House

June 12th, 2017

The Royal Opera House Learning and Participation team at the High House Production Park are creating a long line of bunting to decorate the site for the forthcoming summer celebrations and they would like people across Thurrock to contribute pieces to make it a really fantastic display.

Find out more about how to get involved.


The Royal Opera House celebrates ten years in Thurrock

May 26th, 2017

It’s ten years since the Royal Opera House first came to Thurrock to begin work on its world-class production facilities in Purfleet, and celebrations are set to take place in July to mark this dynamic decade.

Find out when and where events are taking place.


ROH apprenticeships: applications now open for September 2016

May 9th, 2016

Costume Performance Support apprentice, Sophie O'Connor Applications for 2016 are now closed. The Royal Opera House is now recruiting six new apprentices to join in September 2016. Positions will be available in the Scenic Art, Scenic Carpentry, Costume, Technical Theatre, Lighting and Wigs and Make-up departments. 'Before I started I had the impression that the Royal Opera House was a big...