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CSM And Acme Studios Launch New Book


Written by
Colin Buttimer
Published date
09 December 2015

The book ‘Studios For Artists: Concepts And Concrete’. A collaboration between Acme Studios and Central Saint Martins’. (Photo by Philip Speakman).

Central Saint Martins and Acme Studios have launched their collaborative book ‘Studios For Artists: Concepts And Concrete’ as well as their second Associate Studio Programme.

CSM’s Art Programme and Acme Studios marked the publication of their new book ‘Studios For Artists; Concepts And Concrete’ and the opening of their second Associate Studio Programme at an event at the Highline building last week.

A speech by UAL Vice Chancellor Nigel Carrington paid tribute to the collaboration with Acme, through the research project Double Agents, recognising it as a groundbreaking and proactive initiative to address the severe difficulties faced by art graduates in a city increasingly hostile to their need for affordable studio space. Two Associates from the first Studio Programme, opened in 2013 and based in the Glassyard building in Stockwell, Asta Meldal Lynge and Nikhil Vetukattil, spoke about the importance of the scheme to them as they continue their practices after college.

The second Associate Studio Programme opened at the Highline Building, Elephant and Castle, in October 2015.

The ‘purpose-built’ studio; secure, insulated, with 3m high ceilings, wi-fi, wash-up areas and 24 hour access, on the ground floor of a new UAL Hall of Residence, provides shared studio space for twelve graduates from BA Fine Art at CSM, for two years, with a programme of studio visits by artists, curators and writers. The studio space is not free, graduates become Acme tenants, but pay only half the average Acme rent.

The model for the scheme – scalable, portable and sustainable – was created as part of the ongoing collaboration between the Art Programme at CSM, through the research project Double Agents, and Acme Studios, and is directed for CSM by Professor Graham Ellard. This programme has been established to enable committed and ambitious students to make the transition from art school towards an independent practice and/or further study.

The 2015 Associates at the Highline building are: Adeeb Ashfaq, Oliver Coltman, Nina Davies, Helena de Pulford, Abbi Jones, Daniel Kan, Suzy Lawlor, Corinne Macdonald, Anna Pickles Harvey, Eleanor Turnbull, Charles Verni, Jacob Watmore.