Eligibility and Selection
To be eligible to apply for the Fire Station Residency (2020-2025), you must satisfy all of the following criteria:
- You are a UK-based fine artist with a studio practice (e.g. painting, drawing, sculpture, print-making, fine art photography, installation, performance, multi-media, video and time-based work, socially engaged or participatory practice) and will not use the studio for other creative practice such as design, fashion, music or commercial photography*
- You are committed to a professional arts career and see fine art practice as your principal activity and ambition
- You have been making work independently (not while in education) for five years or more
- You are not in full-time education and not in the process of applying for a place in full-time education
- You are not a homeowner
- You are willing and able to make a commitment to make good use of the work/live studio for the length of the five year programme (April 2020 to March 2025)
- You do not have any visa restrictions that would limit your ability to take up a work/live studio for the full five years of the programme (please note: Acme is not in a position to sponsor/support applications for visas in order to take up an Acme work/live studio)
- You are able to attend an interview at Acme's office, London E3, on Thursday 14 or Friday 15 November 2019
*Acme is a charity established specifically to help 'non-commercial fine artists'; we are therefore unable to help those who work in design, fashion, music, commercial photography, crafts or applied arts.
All applications will be assessed and shortlisted upon the following criteria:
- Your current financial / housing / studio circumstances
- Any other serious obstacle that threatens the sustainability of your arts practice
- The quality of your work
- The improvement the Fire Station residency would bring to your circumstances and the transformational impact this would have on your career
- That you perceive a value in being a part of, and contributing towards, the community of artists working and living at the Fire Station
- That you satisfy all eligibility criteria
The interview panel
The panel for 2020-2025 will be Anthea Hamilton, artist and current Acme work/live studio resident; Judith Carlton, Director of Southwark Park Galleries; Paul Bayley, Head of Residencies & Awards, Acme; and Charlie Coffey, Residencies & Awards Programme Manager, Acme.
Monday 19 August 2019
Saturday 7 and Saturday 21 September 2019
Viewings of studios
5pm Monday 30 September 2019
Deadline for applications
Friday 25 October 2019
Shortlisted applicants invited for interview
Thursday 14 and Friday 15 November 2019
Interviews in London for shortlisted artists*
Tuesday 14 April 2020
Fire Station Residency starts / studios available for occupation
*We will pay reasonable UK transport costs of all artists attending interview. There are no accommodation or subsistence expenses available.
Viewing the studios
Viewings will take place on Saturday 7 and Saturday 21 September 2019.
To reserve a place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call a member of Acme's Artist Liaison team on 020 8709 9062. All viewings must be pre-booked. It may be possible to arrange an alternative viewing time if you cannot make any of the advertised dates, please contact the Acme office on the above number.