Acme Studios — Time, Labour, Process

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Time, Labour, Process

Dita Hashi, Elora Kadir, Natasha Muluswela

Curated by Shamica Ruddock

Exhibition of works by Acme’s Alternative Pathway Awards recipients, in partnership with Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop

Location: Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop, 1 Bard Road, London, W10 6TP

Private view: Thursday 15 June 2023, 6-9pm

Running: Friday 16 - Saturday 24 June, 2023

Open: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm

A collection of new works from Dita Hashi, Elora Kadir and Natasha Muluswela, produced during their time together in an Acme studio as part of Acme’s Alternative Pathway Awards.

Spanning moving image, installation and pencil drawings, the works address themes of labour, uprising, bureaucracy, violence and migration.

Time, Labour, Process celebrates the three artists’ shared experiences and individual practices, having been brought together by the Alternative Pathway Awards. A Genesis Kickstart Fund project, supported by the Genesis Foundation, the awards provided space, time and support for Hashi, Kadir and Muluswela to work on their own practices, culminating with this group exhibition at Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop.

Artist and exhibition curator, Shamica Ruddock, mentored the three artists as part of the Acme x OSE Fellowship, in partnership with Open School East (OSE).

Acme's Alternative Pathway Awards

Acme’s Alternative Pathway Awards is a Genesis Kickstart Fund project, supported by the Genesis Foundation. These awards have been created to support artists within their first five years of practice from groups currently underrepresented in the arts. The three selected artists share a studio for six months, receiving mentoring and support, an individual £3,500 bursary, and the opportunity to work towards a public outcome of their work.

The Genesis Foundation

The Genesis Foundation was founded by John Studzinski CBE in 2001. Over the past 22 years, the Foundation has donated more than £22 million to the arts. Through its funding and partnership model, it has enabled opportunities for thousands of young artists in theatre and music, building both their experience and their resilience.

The Foundation’s main focus is on partnerships with leading arts organisations such as the Young Vic, National Theatre, Almeida Theatre and The Sixteen, and on training programmes, such as the Genesis Theatre Design Programme, that equip emerging artists for life as a creative professional. In 2020, the Genesis Foundation launched the £1 million Genesis Kickstart Fund that enabled outstanding freelance talent to create future-facing projects in the creative sector across the UK.

Acme X OSE Fellowship

In partnership with Open School East (OSE), the inaugural Acme x OSE Fellowship intends to create links between artists at different stages of their careers and explore the benefits of knowledge exchange. During this six month work/live fellowship at Acme’s Fire Station building, an OSE alumni artist will be actively involved in mentoring three early career artists on the Acme Alternative Pathway Awards.

Open School East

Established in 2013 and located in Margate, Open School East is a free, independent art school and community space that focuses on collective learning through the arts. Open School East supports cultural practitioners at an early stage of their career to develop and sustain their practice, and enable young people and adults alike to learn new and transferable skills, develop their confidence and shape their creative voice by becoming active learners and co-producers of OSE’s programmes. Open School East is committed to making the arts a more open, diverse and accessible sector.

Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop

Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop is an exhibition and residency space in London and unique in its approach to bringing artists and their practices to the public. They support a diverse range of emerging and mid-career contemporary artists by providing them with space and time to develop their practice, network within our growing community, be mentored by team members and crucially be introduced to their expansive network of collectors, art educators, professionals and visitors.