Acme Studios
The Fire Station

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The Fire Station in Gillender Street, London E3 is a former L.C.C. (London County Council ) Fire Brigade Station, built in 1911 and one of the first to be designed for non-horsedrawn fire engines.It is five storeys high, with a tiled roof and yard to the rear. It was acquired by Acme as part of their National Lottery project to provide a permanent studio space for artists.

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Live/work unit before and after conversion
Photographs by John Riddy

The upper floors were originally 12 firemen's flats which have now been converted into 12 artist's live/work units. In 1997 artists could apply for a 3 year fixed rent residency ,also three bursaries. Artists currently resident are:

  • Virgil Tracy
  • Edward Allington
  • Permindar Kaur
  • Paul Burwell (bursary holder)
  • Gillian Blease
  • Martin Creed
  • Barbara Tyrrell (bursary holder)
  • Lindsay Seers
  • Helena Ben-Zenou
  • 10 Marty St.James
  • Kypros Kyprianou
  • Joanna Woodward (bursary holder)

In addition the ground floor has been converted into 6 large non-residential studio spaces, let to artists registered on Acme Studio's waiting list.


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