About Acme

Supporting artists since 1972, Acme is a charity based in London which provides affordable studios, work/live space, and a programme of residencies and awards. Acme is the single largest provider of affordable artist studios in England, and this year it will support over 800 individual artists across 16 buildings in Greater London.

Our values

Artists are essential to society, and we place them at the heart of everything we do.

Through our activity, we are committed to ensuring that artists can continue being artists.

We strive to make a positive impact

  • We treat people fairly and do not exploit artists to fulfil the outcomes of others.

  • We value other perspectives, taking time to listen with compassion and with a commitment to honesty and openness.

  • We value diversity in all we do and are committed to equality and social justice.

  • We consider the environmental impact of our activity, striving to minimise it in all aspects of our work.

Trust is the foundation of all our work

  • We trust in artists and prioritise their autonomy.

  • We operate principled and transparent criteria for selection and allocation and don’t take risks with artists’ needs,

  • The effectiveness of our team is built on mutual trust, and we are motivated by a shared desire to support artists.

  • We place trust in partners who share our values and earn their trust through transparency, honesty and integrity.

Our long-term approach creates stability

  • We protect and nurture the future of artists in London, prioritising their long term growth and development.

  • We evolve and innovate without taking short-term decisions that would be detrimental to our long-term goals.

  • We continue to grow expertise to meet the political, cultural and economic challenges of the future, without compromising our mission or beliefs.

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