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Latest news from High House Production Park and our partners

Silk River film prompts panel discussion in Kolkata

July 20th, 2017

The Silk River film, shown in Kolkata on 20th July, inspired debate about the importance of place and community in traditional arts

Silk River Indian Walk Program Unveiled!

July 20th, 2017

We invite you to The Silk River Walk in India. Dec 6 – 17 2017 A unique journey down the river Hooghly from Murshidabad to Kolkata. Come for the day or participate in a unique 12-day International Residency Join a group of contemporary artists, historians,...

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.

Kolkata Film Screening

July 14th, 2017

We are delighted to invite you to watch a film screening and panel discussion on the Silk River project, which explores artistic exchange between communities along the Thames and Hooghly.

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.

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 - 

Latest Newsletter Out Now!

July 4th, 2017

Lots of news to share! Click HERE to read the latest newsletter! In summary: We’re delighted that our NPO funding is renewed for 2018-2022! Thurrock 100 is coming up this weekend – all free but please book in advance! To get more info and to...

NPO Funding is Confirmed!

July 4th, 2017

We're thrilled to announce that Kinetika will continue to be a National Portfolio Organisation, as announced on 27th June by Arts Council England. We have also been awarded a conditional uplift to further our work as a community centred social enterprise. Exciting times ahead!

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.

Manager, Property Management x 2

June 5th, 2017

Acme is looking for 2 x Manager, Property Management. One is a full-time, four day a week role, the other a full-time three day a week role.

Responsibilities will include regularly inspecting sites, testing facilities, responding to short term issues and planning long-term works, liaising with artists, freeholders and other authorities and procuring and managing contractors to assure our estate and services to artists.

For more information and how to apply visit Current Vacancies.

Thurrock 100 2017!

June 2nd, 2017

All routes are confirmed and performances set, for the Thurrock 2017 season 7-9th July! Book to reserve your FREE place now!

Invite to Silk River Film Screening 1st June

May 28th, 2017

Everyone is invited to a screening of the SILK RIVER documentary! Date/Time: Thursday 1st June 6.30pm Venue: The Brady Centre, Hanbury Street, London E1 5HU

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.

James Tailor selected for the Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award 2017/18

May 25th, 2017

James Tailor has been selected for the Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award by artist and external selector Alison Turnbull.

As part of the Acme Graduate Awards Programme, the award offers one final-year MA student from Central Saint Martins 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 James’ degree show work, Alison said, “James makes complex objects that combine painting and sculpture. Just as he is beginning to realise their potential to connect with the world beyond art school – beyond the studio – he is in the best position to take full advantage of having an Acme studio.”

This award is a partnership initiative between Acme Studios and Central Saint Martins. It is jointly 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. 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.

Greenham Common Trust

April 11th, 2017

Greenham: War and Peace 10 four-meter silk banners have been created by Kinetika artistic director Ali Pretty together with the local community (including BBOWT, St Gabriel's School, former Peace Women, local war historians and numerous individuals) to capture and portray the many stories and events on the Common.

Thurrock Artists – CPD Opportunity!

March 27th, 2017

Opportunity for Thurrock Artists   June 12th– 17th 2017

  • To participate in SILK RIVER, a major arts project involving a cultural exchange between the UK and India.
  • To develop your artistic skills by participating in a 6 day silk batik workshop, led by us here at Kinetika.
  • To gain knowledge of your local community and their stories, and those of an India-linked partner, through the development of a silk batik scroll.

Over to you Dipika! – Elizabeth Lynch

January 26th, 2017

January 2017 The Backstory As I write now, I’m sitting outside the Jain Koti, home to the second residency this month at in Azimganj, Murshidabad. 15 artists and crafts people from West Bengal are here for 6 days to exchange skills and techniques with Kinetika...

Very large studio to let

December 14th, 2016

Acme has a 1,654sqft ground floor studio to let at its High House Artists' Studios building. The rent is £1423.35pcm and is set until April 2019. The studio has its own ancillary washup room and roller shutter access.

This studio would best suit large-scale making or workshop production, public programmes or a shared artist collective. Please contact Acme if you would like further guidance.

Anna Adahl: Inside the New Mass Ornament

November 15th, 2016

Whitechapel Gallery
Thursday 24 November 2016, 7pm
Zilkha Auditorium
£9.50/£7.50 concs
Acme International Residencies Programme and Whitechapel Gallery would like to invite you to an evening featuring a selection of works by our former Iaspis residency artist Anna Ådahl, including a premiere screening of Crowded Excercises II (2015-16) and Default Character (2016). Ådahl is joined in discussion with writer, art critic and curator Chris Fite-Wassilak, followed by a Q&A.

Anna Ådahl works in various mediums. She uses the cinematographic tools of assemblage and montage to address the aesthetics and politics of collectivity.

This event focuses on a series of works that engage with the theme and the figure of the crowd. The works relate to Anna Ådahl’s research on the aesthetics and politics of urban and digital crowds from the subject’s perspective, what Ådahl refers to as 'system-operated crowds'.

In Dependence (2008) mixes newly recorded fictive and documentary sequences with archive material from film history. The fictive sequences examine the psychological and physical dynamics of the crowd by showing two individuals (played by Elin Klinga and David Mjönes) act out its behavioral patterns isolated in an abstract, private space.

The work To New Horizons (2013) explores these crowds historically by combining the aesthetics of Soviet mass spectacles and industrial endeavours with the mass choreographies of big Hollywood productions from the 1930s.

Crowded Excercises II (2015-2016), which includes sequences from a workshop with dancers at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for music and dance, reflects on the experience of participating in the physical crowd of the underground where, through repetitive gestures, our bodies interact with others and with the infrastructure.

The most recent work, Default Character (2016), addresses the human representation and vocabulary in online crowd simulation tutorials. Asking the question which crowds needs to be programed and systematized today?
Anna Ådahl is a Swedish artist working in multiple mediums such as video, installations and performance. She is a researcher at the Royal College of Art and a member of the editorial team of OEI magazine. Her work is exhibited internationally including Kalas på Bord, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2016); Historicode: Scarcity and supply, Nanjing International Festival, China (2016-17); OEI Strata, INCA Seattle, US (2016); Anna Ådahl: Common Patterns, CCA Derry-Londonderry, UK (2015); Disappearing Acts, Lofoten International Arts Festival, Norway (2015); B-open, Hordaland Art Center, Bergen, Norway (2016); Anna Ådahl: Dual Vision, Taiga Space, St Petersburg, Russia (2014); Reims Scenes d´Europe, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France (2013) among others.
Iaspis is the Swedish Arts Grants Committee's International Program supporting international exchange for practitioners in the areas of visual art, design, craft and architecture. Iaspis' activities aim to enable professionals to develop artistically and improve their working conditions by establishing international contacts between practitioners and professionals such as curators and critics and others active in the field.

Acme Studios International Residencies Programme (Acme IRP) enables international governments, cultural agencies and foundations to offer artists major work/live residencies in London.

Review of Acme's Residencies and Awards Programme

October 21st, 2016

Acme is seeking a consultant to undertake an independent analysis and review of its UK Residency & Awards Programme and its International Residencies Programme

The consultant will review and evaluate the two programmes, their objectives, impact and outcomes, finance and staffing structures in order to provide the organisation with a recommended future strategy and model for delivery to support the artistic and professional development of artists over the next ten years.

Duration of Contract
The period of the contract is a maximum of twenty weeks. 

Deadline for receipt of tender proposals
5pm on 25 November 2015 

It is anticipated that the number of consultancy days required will be between 25 and 40 days. The budget available for this project is between £7,500 and £10,000 exclusive of VAT and expenses.

For more information see


Extra studios and new home for East London Printmakers

October 21st, 2016

Acme has created a further 12 permanent studios for artists on the ground floor of its Copperfield Road building in Mile End. These studios are now fully let and supporting 22 artists, enhancing the existing community of 58 practising artists in the building.

In line with Acme's goal of extending affordable space to other organisations which support artists, the ground floor now also provides a new home for East London Printmakers. ELP is an artist run group which provides professional and affordable printmaking facilities, public workshops and artist residencies. ELP's facilities support over 250 existing member artists and attract over a thousand visitors annually.

To celebrate their opening, East London Printmakers will be holding a Studio Warming at 42 Copperfield Road on Saturday 22 October 2016, between 4pm and 8pm. Visitors can try their hand at printmaking by printing their own tote bag, pulling their own paper screenprint, or using an Albion presses to print a limited edition print on the day:

An official launch will coincide with an exhibition in the Art Pavillion in Mile End Park on Thursday 1 December.

Caroline Streck selected for inaugural Chelsea MA Studio Award 2016/17

September 26th, 2016

Caroline Streck has been selected for the inaugural Chelsea MA Studio Award.

The selection panel included artist and alumnus Haroon Mirza, and award donor Patrick Lynch. Speaking about Caroline’s selection, Haroon Mirza said, “We all thought that Caroline showed a great deal of ambition and commitment towards her work. It was clear that she would take the opportunity and really use it to develop her focused practice that seems to be on an interesting trajectory."

Building on Acme’s long-standing partnership with Chelsea College of Arts, the award aims to recognise the relationship between education, learning and continuing professional development. It also reflects the increasing emphasis art schools place on supporting graduates after they have completed their studies.

Part of Acme's Residency & Awards Programme, the Chelsea MA Studio Award is one of seven awards offered by Acme in partnership with Universities across London, which provide a one-year rent-free shared studio in Acme's Warton House in east London. All of the selected artists benefit from and contribute to the peer support of other graduate awardees. Additionally they receive a bursary and access to a programme of studio visits by other professionals, curators and experts that provides guidance and encourages support.

Propeller Foundry at Childers Street Open Studio - 24 & 25 September

September 16th, 2016

Visit over 70 artists in more than 50 Acme studios across four floors of this former industrial building in Childers Street, Deptford.
The two-day open studio event features:

  • a postcard auction with work from participating artists
  • an exhibition of the areas industrial heritage
  • a family trail with prizes
  • handcrafted coffee and pastries available from Bean & Gone

For more information visit:

Wherewithal at PEER

September 15th, 2016

Wherewithal is a showcase exhibition that brings together four diverse artists as they complete a year-long Acme programme for recent graduates. This year’s awardees, Alison Ballance, Rutie Borthwick, Hugo Brazão and Harriet Foyster have all made new work to exhibit at PEER's newly refurbished gallery spaces.

Forming part of Acme’s Residency & Awards Programme, each year graduates from leading art colleges across London receive a rent-free studio for one year, a bursary and programme of studio visits from professional artists, curators and supporters. The awards aim to provide these emerging artists with the time, space, financial support and opportunities necessary to begin building their career. Equally valuable is a sense of support and encouragement to continue practising. The awards offer an extraordinary network of peer support and discourse with professional artists and curators. Mentors who have taken part in this year’s programme include Gill Addison, Aaron Angell, Louise Chignac, Eileen Daly, Jeremy Akerman, Graham Ellard, Stephen Johnstone, Sarah Jury, Christina Mackie, Sally O’Reilly, Katrina Palmer, Lisa Panting, Lindsey Seers and Sophie Williamson.

The awards operate in partnership with Central Saint Martins (Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award), Chelsea College of Arts (Chelsea BA Studio Award), Goldsmiths (Goldsmiths MFA Studio Award) and Slade School of Art (Adrian Carruthers Studio Award).

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

Previous recipient of the Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award, Emma Corrall said of the studio award, "The shared studio physically allowed me to push around ideas and build on the ambition and scale of my project. The bursary allowed me to invest more into the processes I employ within my practice. Sincere and invested tutorials were set up with practicing artists and curators which helped me to pursue a more vigorous consideration of a public realm of reception for my work. The award was set up as the result of the collective spirit of a lot of talented and busy individuals and I hope this invaluable and supportive spirit continues to run."

For more information about Wherewithal, please visit the PEER website (

Group show - 28 September to 15 October 2016
Open Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 6pm and by appointment
97 – 99 Hoxton Street
N1 6QL
Private View: Tuesday 27 September 6 to 8pm

Ruby Wroe selected for inaugural Jonathan Harvey Studio Award

July 26th, 2016

The Jonathan Harvey Studio Award is a new graduate award set up in partnership with the Tomart Foundation.

Ruby Wroe who graduated in BA Photography from Camberwell College of Art has been selected as the inaugural recipient. Her work uses the body as a sponge of social relations to explore what is conventionally edited out of art to make work that resists classification and commodification. Speaking about her award Ruby said: "I am so pleased to be the first recipient of the Jonathan Harvey Studio Award. It will enable me to have the time and space to focus on developing my artistic practice. The studio will mean I can continue to be in dialogue with other graduates about our research and ideas."

Ruby was selected by a panel including artist Clare Price who said: "It was a very difficult decision for the panel as the standard of the applications was exceptionally high. Ruby's vigour and enthusiasm, both personally and in her practice was impressive. Her intentions with the work are both critically and socially engaged, with a sense that intriguing connections would occur, both with other artists and with her environment. We are excited to see what she does with this opportunity."

Jonathan Harvey co-founded Acme Studios with David Panton in 1972. As a fine art graduate he keenly understood the needs of artists and Acme has been responsible for some of the most pioneering schemes in enabling artists and fine art graduates to continue their practice in the capital. Jonathan retired as Acme’s Chief Executive at the beginning of 2016 and it is fitting that this award, aimed at graduates as part of Acme’s wider Residency & Awards Programme continues that legacy into the future. The Tomart Foundation, is a fledgling foundation supporting the creative arts sector and in particular those who may face additional challenges due to economic hardship at an early stage in their careers. The award provides the selected artist with a 12 month rent-free studio, bursary and mentor/artist visits.

Ruth Waters selected for 2016/17 Goldsmiths MFA Studio Award

July 25th, 2016

Ruth Waters has been selected for the 2016/17 Goldsmiths MFA Studio Award, a partnership award funded by Jane Hamlyn, Acme and ISA Charity through the Artisa Foundation.

Speaking about the award Ruth said: "I feel incredibly fortunate to have received this award. Leaving a degree programme can be very difficult and I am looking forward to sharing a space with other artists who are also in the same situation so we can continue a dialogue about our practice together."

Panel member and artist David Batchelor explained the decision to select Ruth: "We were all particularly impressed with the way Ruth wove a variety of media - moving and still image, written text and spoken narrative, as well as colour, smell and taste - into a seamless evocation of a corporate 'self-improvement' environment. The result was a thoughtful commentary on a contemporary cultural phenomenon that managed to be at once seductive and sinister."

This is the fourth year of the Goldsmiths MFA Studio Award which forms part of Acme's Residency & Awards Programme. The award will provide Ruth with a rent-free shared studio, a bursary of £6,000 as well as mentoring/studio visits.

Bo Choy selected for student-initiated Chelsea BA Studio Award

July 14th, 2016

Bo Choy has been selected as the eighth recipient of the Chelsea BA Studio Award. The award is funded by the Chelsea Arts Club Trust and Acme as part of Acme’s Residency & Awards Programme.

Speaking about the selection, panel member and artist Briony Anderson said: "Bo’s work stood out for me in its approach to ideas around the unreliability of memory and the complexities of recollection. Her narration, part fiction, part personal, but stemming from real events, was woven through video, hand-drawn animation, objects and performance; all the strands of her work impressively bound together in a sensitive and compelling way. I am intrigued to see how this work develops in the studio over the coming year."

Bo will receive a 12-month rent-free Acme studio, a bursary of £5,000 and professional mentoring throughout the year.

Bo said of receiving the award: "Having a studio space will be hugely beneficial as I’ll be able to use the space for making objects, for films or performances, and for hand-drawn animation. I believe that having an ongoing dialogue with other practitioners is hugely important in the development of an artist’s practice. Sharing with other graduates is an exciting part of the award, not least because this aspect of studio-sharing and work environment will be greatly missed after graduation."

The Chelsea BA Studio Award was initiated by students at the college in 2009 and candidates are shortlisted from final year BA Fine Art students by the student body. The award is located in Acme’s Warton House studios in Stratford in a purpose-built studio designed to naturally promote peer support. Bo will work alongside seven other recent Acme graduate award holders.

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...

Towards a National Prospectus for the Creative Economy in the South East

November 17th, 2015

This prospectus sets out a portfolio of sector-led initiatives to build a more self-sustaining, creative and cultural infrastructure in the South East. Led by the South East Creative Economy Network, it highlights the projects, programmes and partnerships that will make a difference.

Download the prospectus on the Creative & Cultural Skills website