Acme Studios — Emma Smith

Supporting Artists since 1972


Emma Smith

Fire Station Residency
2010-2015

Emma Smith has a socially-focused participatory practice which explores human relationship to place. Her site-specific work often manifests itself in the form of an event, activity or game. Working through interdisciplinary collaborations Smith constructs ephemeral moments that are both particular to and for the people who experience them at the time.

Emma trained at Goldsmiths College, University of London (BA Honours Fine Art and Art History, 2000–2003). She is Co-founder and Artist Partner at Delta Arts (2008 onwards) and Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (2011 onwards).

Fire Station Residency 2010-2015

Acme's residency at the Fire Station is one of the most directly supportive schemes for artists in the United Kingdom, providing combined studio and living space at low rents, as well as a half rent residency for a deaf or disabled artist. This five year fixed-term residency scheme is intended to allow artists more time to concentrate on the development of their work and professional careers, and less time working to survive. 2010-2015 artists were selected by artist and educator Cath Hawes, artist Gayle Chong Kwan, and Acme's founder and former Chief Executive Jonathan Harvey.