Acme Studios — Robert Holyhead

Supporting Artists since 1972


Robert Holyhead

Fire Station Residency
2005-2010

Robert Holyhead's abstract paintings (oil on canvas) begin in relation to small watercolour studies that initiate possibilities for new works. The watercolours are made in response to an ongoing visual observation of the formal devices used to represent abstract language within painting.

Solo exhibitions include Kontainer Gallery, Los Angeles (2006); Keith Talent Gallery, London (2006); Gibraltar Walk Studio, London (2008); Karsten Schubert, London (2009, 2010) and PEER, London (2012). Selected group exhibitions include Curraint D’ajer, Fundaziun NAIRS, Scuol (2007); Contested Ground, Zabludowicz Collection, London (2009); East End Academy: The Painting Edition, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2009); Corridor: Jan Braumer, Aurelia Gratzer, Robert Holyhead, Jens Wolf, Oechsner Galerie, Nuremburg (2010); The Space Between, Tate Britain, London (2012) and British Modern Remade: Style. Design. Glamour. Horror, Park Hill, Sheffield (2012).

Fire Station Residency 2005-2010

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. 2005-2010 residents were selected by former Acme co-director Jonathan Harvey, arts consultant Tessa Jackson and artists Hayley Newman, Erika Tan and Julie Umerle.