News & Events

Latest news from High House Production Park and our partners

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.

Dates for the Diary

June 1st, 2018

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

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!

Kinetika Commissioned To Create Giant Tilbury Docker Puppet

May 14th, 2018

Kinetika has been commissioned by the Tilbury on the Thames Trust to create a four metre tall puppet of a docker

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:


Kinetika newsletter out now!

March 8th, 2018

Here's the latest news, hot of the press!

Silk River Exhibition official opening postponed to 6th Mar

March 1st, 2018

*Update* Due to adverse weather, the official opening of the Silk River exhibition has been delayed until Tues 6th March 6-8pm.  

Silk River Project Report

February 26th, 2018

Silk River has been an epic undertaking and we're looking forward to the many legacy projects that are beginning to take shape.  Here is the end of project report, which contains an outline of some of the exciting things that happened and the impact of the project. 

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:


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

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 -

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. -

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.

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.

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 - 

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.

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.

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.

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...