News & Events

Latest news from High House Production Park and our partners

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.

Indian Walks Open for Booking

August 1st, 2017

We are very excited to announce that the Silk River Indian Walks are now open for enquiries and booking! Detailed info can be found on the SILK RIVER INDIA WALKS PAGE.

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.

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

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