Jonathan Harvey OBE

Jonathan Harvey OBE - Honorary Fellow

Chelsea College of Arts alumnus and co-founder of ACME Jonathan Harvey has retained his links with UAL and offers several awards and residencies to graduates of the University.

ACME, the low-cost artist studio/living space charity, emerged from Chelsea fine art graduate Jonathan Harvey's search, with other recent graduates, for somewhere affordable to work in London. In 1972 he and co-founder David Panton began renting terraced houses in Bow from the former Greater London Council and converting them into living and studio spaces.

Their property portfolio started to grow and so began ACME, which in the last 44 years has supported over 7,000 artists and helped establish a world-renowned artist community in east London.

Jonathan retains close ties with UAL, with ACME offering several awards and residencies to art graduates, including the Chelsea Studio Award and, for Central Saint Martins students, the Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award and CSM Associate Studio Programme.

Cornwall-born Jonathan was also director of The Acme Gallery in Covent Garden (1976-81), was co-founder and worked as an arts consultant for ITV’s South West franchise (1982-1992) and was chairman of Bristol's Arnolfini arts centre (1994-2006).

He was awarded an OBE for services to the arts in 2014, and retired in March this year.