Acme Studios — Artist support: COVID–19

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COVID–19: Support for Artists

After seeking input from Acme artist tenants early last year, we discovered that the majority of Acme artists anticipated income losses of 80-100% due to the Coronavirus (COVID–19) crisis as well as many unforeseen challenges to their artistic practices. From March to December 2020, we made funds available to support artists facing financial difficulties due to the crisis. The support is described in more detail below.

Acme continues to work proactively with artists who are struggling to make their rent payments due to the COVID-19 crisis. Please contact Ben Lawley, Rent Accounts Manager benlawley@acme.org.uk for further details.

COVID–19 Artist Rent Relief Fund

Acme's COVID–19 Artist Rent Relief Fund was intended for artists suffering financial hardship due to the COVID–19 crisis.

The fund supported 162 successful applicants to receive 50 per cent rent relief for a period of three months, which did not need to be repaid to Acme. (closed 1 Sep 2020)

Rent payment breaks

Acme's Rent Payment Break programme

Acme offered rent payment breaks of up to three months for all Acme artist tenants experiencing financial difficulty caused by the COVID–19 crisis. (closed Sep 2020)

Studio Practice Fund

The intention of the Studio Practice Fund was to help Acme artists continue their studio practice in the face of challenges brought about by COVID-19.

The fund enabled Acme to support over 50 artists who requested an Acme studio rent free for a prolonged period of up to six months, with a maximum financial equivalent of £2000 per studio. (Closed Dec 2020)

Acme’s Studio Practice Fund is funded through the Creative Workspace Resilience Fund. The Creative Workspace Resilience Fund is supported through the Mayor of London’s Culture at Risk Business Support Fund and the Creative Land Trust.

Artist Newsletter

Acme continues to collate a fortnightly bulletin of funded awards, commissions and opportunities for artists along with the latest government guidance on the Coronavirus.

Acme Hardship Fund

Acme's long-established hardship fund helps pay the studio rent of Acme artists who face exceptional financial difficulties due to changes in circumstances such as serious illness or accidents unrelated to COVID–19 to themselves or family members. Maximum six months' rent or £1,500 offset against artist's rent account.

Please contact Heather Deedman, Head of Artist Liaison heather@acme.org.uk for further details.