Acme Studios — John Peter Askew

Supporting Artists since 1972

John Peter Askew

Fire Station Residency

John Peter Askew is a British artist and photographer based in London. John’s works are motivated by the belief that photographs represent moments out of time in which we have the opportunity to re-evaluate our relationship to the world. His projects often take the form of attempts to documents particular forms or subjects, however, the sensitive and abstract quality of his images and concepts place him on the borders of the documentary tradition.

John has recently held solo exhibitions at: Pushkin House, London (2020); the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland (2019); and Carter Presents, London (2012). He has been included in the following group exhibitions: 51ZERO (curated by David Goldenberg & Margarita Gramegna), Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury (2019); A.I.D. (curated by Youngjoo Cho and Klega SaliGai), Hal Projects, Seoul (2014); Housework: Claudia Sacher & John Askew, Bywell House, Northumberland (2013); and Reality Check (curated by Sabine Hagmann), Ausstellungsraum Klingental, Basel (2011).

In 2019 he was awarded a commendation by the German Photobook Prizes and has been shortlisted for both the Becks Futures (2003) and the Paul Hamlyn (2002) awards.

Fire Station Residency 2001-2005

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. 2001-2005 residents were selected by Angela Kingston (curator), David Panton (Co founder of Acme), Damien Robinson (artist and administrator), and Lindsay Seers (artist).