Central Saint Martins’ ongoing collaboration with Acme Studios has been short-listed for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) ‘Best of the Best’ award.
Our partnership with Acme has led to the creation of the Associate Studio Programme. This two-year scheme provides a highly affordable, open-plan studio space for eight of our BA Fine Art graduates, with a supporting programme of studio visits from academics, artists, writers and curators.
The studio is one of 24 artists’ studios, managed and let by Acme Studios, at the Glassyard building, a UAL hall of residence in Stockwell. The programme is unique in London and responds to the challenges faced by recent graduates.
The research generated by the partnership has also helped Acme develop its High House Artists’ Studios. Purpose-designed by HAT Projects, the building in Thurrock houses 39 studios and four work/live units over three floors. The development won an RIBA award earlier this year.
Begun in July 2010, the partnership was formally completed in January 2013. However, Central Saint Martins and Acme continue to collaborate. A second Associate Studio Programme, which will provide 12 more studio places, is currently being developed.
The nomination for the Research Council UK Knowledge Base Impact Award 2014 recognises the project’s success. The partnership is led by our BA Fine Art Professor Graham Ellard, Acme’s Chief Executive Jonathan Harvey and KTP Associate Arantxa Echarte. A publication describing and discussing the project, Studios for Artists: concepts and concrete, will be published in March 2015.