Acme Studios — Aaron Williamson

Supporting Artists since 1972


Aaron Williamson

Stephen Cripps Studio Award
2013/14

Aaron Williamson’s work is informed by his experience of becoming deaf and by a politicised, yet humorous sensibility towards disability. At a University of California San Diego lecture in 1998, Williamson coined the term ‘Deaf Gain’ as a counter-emphasis to ‘hearing loss’.

Over the last twenty five years, Aaron has created more than 300 exhibitions, performances, interventions, videos, installations and publications for galleries, museums and festivals including the Venice Biennale, Italy; Nippon Performance Art Festival, Japan; DaDao Festival, China; ‘Intercambio’, Argentina; Columbia University Chicago, USA; Taipei Performance, Taiwan; ‘Eruptio Action Art’ Transylvania; ANTI Art Festival, Finland; the British School at Rome and many other European venues. Aarons work has been shown at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Serpentine Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Hayward Gallery, South London Gallery, The Showroom, Gasworks, ICA (all London); Spike Island & Arnolfini Bristol; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Bluecoat & Liverpool Biennial; Chapter Arts, Cardiff.

Stephen Cripps Studio Award

The Stephen Cripps Award was a partnership between Acme and the Henry Moore Foundation between 2014-17. It provided artists with a rent free studio at Acme's High House Production Park studio building, mentoring support and a bursary to support their practice.