The Fire Station Project - Acme Studios

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T h e F i r e S tat i o n P r oj e ct Acme Studios’ Work/Live Residency Programme 1997 – 2013

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Published in 2013 by Acme Studios 44 Copperfield Road London E3 4RR www.acme.org.uk Edited by Jonathan Harvey and Julia Lancaster Designed by AndersonMacgee/Flit London Typeset in DIN and Avenir Printed by Empress Litho The Fire Station Project copyright © Acme Studios and the authors ISBN: 978-0-9566739-5-4 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electrical, mechanical or otherwise, without first seeking the permission of the copyright owners and the publishers. Cover illustrations: Robert Ian Barnes Architects

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Acme Studios is a London-based housing charity dedicated to supporting artists in economic need through the provision of studios, accommodation and professional support. Acme manages 16 buildings providing affordable, long-term and high-quality studios (620) units and work/live space (20 units). Through this resource it helps over 700 artists each year. Acme’s Residency & Awards Programme adds to this core service of studio provision by awarding selected UK-based artists with studio residencies, bursaries, professional mentoring and exhibiting opportunities at the Acme Project Space, working with a range of partners. At any one time over 20 artists benefit from this support. Acme’s International Residencies Programme currently manages 23 annual London residencies on behalf of eight agencies together with an Associate Artist Residencies programme for international artists applying directly to the organisation. Acme shares its research and knowledge through a national strategic advocacy, advisory and consultancy service.

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ContentS

Foreword

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Acknowledgements 15 Environmental Studies – Martin Coomer 17 The Old Fire Station – Jonathan Harvey

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Residency & Awards Programme

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Artists’ case studies

Lindsay Seers Erika Tan Ben Cove Briony Anderson

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Artists’ biographies and images

Programme 1 (1997–2001) 75 Programme 2 (2001–2005) 95 Programme 3 (2005–2010) 111 Programme 4 (2010–2015) 127

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F ORE W ORD

This publication, The Fire Station Project, is about a work in progress. The evolution of this project has been determined as much by each successive intake of artists to the old Fire Station as by the support framework established there. Now, 16 years and 50 or so artists later, we feel it is time to take stock and celebrate what has been achieved so far. Programme 1, in which 12 artists selected from a national open submission moved in within a few days of each other in December 1997, set the pattern for the three programmes that followed. The residency period, initially planned for three years, was extended to four and subsequently to five years. This increased the benefit to artists significantly, as well as maximising the use of resources by spreading selection and refurbishment costs over a longer period. Additional bursaries (rent-free space and grants) have also been awarded, extending the benefits further still, including for deaf and disabled artists. Accessibility and the principle of an integrated programme have always been at the centre of our aspirations for the project. A list of artists from the four programmes forms the final section of this publication. This gives an overview of each artist’s practice and two images – one depicting work made during their residency, and the other more recently. Despite our

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