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The Acme Project Space ran from June 2009 to December 2015. It provided an opportunity for those artists who are part of our Residency & Awards Programme and our International Residencies Programme with a public space within which to develop projects, show new work and engage in a critical dialogue with a wider audience.


Sarah Duffy and Maaike Anne Stevens

‘DELVE’ 9.5.2014 - 25.5.2014

Social exchange site visit to Chislehurst Caves, Kent. (Courtesy of Sofia Akram.)
Social exchange site visit to Chislehurst Caves, Kent. (Courtesy of Sofia Akram.)
Sarah Duffy, Come On In, 2014, video/performance. (Courtesy of the artist.)
Maaike Anne Stevens, Black Sea Depths, 2014, digital print. (Courtesy of the artist.)


Curated by Sofia Akram, Jintaeg Jang, Hena Lee, Jane Scarth and Yingting Xie

Thursdays to Sunday, 1pm to 6pm
Private view: Thursday 8 May 2014, 6pm to 9pm

DELVE is an exhibition that interrogates and rethinks the nature of artistic research. Approaching the exhibition as a process and focussing on the research-based practice of the artist and in turn the practice-based research of the curator, students from the RCA’s Curating Contemporary Art MA programme seek to address the discourse around this field.

What is unique about artistic research? Working intimately with two Acme residency artists, Sarah Duffy (Goldsmiths MFA Fine Art Studio Award) and Maaike Anne Stevens (Chadwell Award), the team of five curators have developed a methodological approach to this proposition. Developed through a series of conversations with the artists, the exhibition concept is based on three core principles of what research is and how it is conducted. DELVE looks at how the research process is enacted through making, through social interaction and through observation.

Considering it as part of the making process, both Duffy and Stevens will be presenting new works in DELVE, partially based on revisiting strands of research unrealised from previous projects. Duffy will be exhibiting elements of her ongoing project Come On In, bringing together research as diverse as ventriloquism, cave diving and Marilyn Monroe. Stevens will present new work drawn out of research undertaken in and about the city of Odessa, the basis for her current solo show at the Acme Project Space entitled Black Sea.

A series of on-going negotiations with the artists and an experimental approach will culminate as part of the display at Acme Project Space. The team of curators consider what material and immaterial objects are observed by the artists to constitute their research. Generated through exchange between curators and artists, DELVE will display the resulting references and sources.


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