Jonathan Baldock : studio space at the Fire Station, 2010-15. Credit: Acme.
Matthew Noel-Tod : studio space at the Fire Station, 2010-15. Credit: Acme.
Neil Zakiewicz: studio space. Credit: Hugo Glendinning, courtesy of Acme.
Shaan Syed: studio space. Credit: Hugo Glendinning, courtesy of Acme.
EVEWRIGHT, Zoom Muse Series, ACME Studio, High House Production Park. Evewright Studio. All rights reserved, 2022.
Gayle Chong Kwan at Warton House, 2010. © Hugo Glendinning. Courtesy of Acme Archive.
Courtesy of Nikhil Vettukattil.
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Acme provides affordable studios, work/live space and a programme of artist support across London. As the charity prepares for its 50th anniversary, this conversation, chaired by previous Acme Fire Station artist and Co-Founder of Conditions Matthew Noel-Tod, brings together Acme artists, past and present, including Gayle Chong Kwan, Nikhil Vettukattil and EVEWRIGHT, to consider the concerns of artists working with studio-based practices today.
Matthew Noel-Tod is an artist, filmmaker, writer and educator. In 2018, Matthew co-founded Conditions, a low-cost studio programme for artists. His writing about art has appeared in Art Monthly, Frieze and Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ). His recent writing for Art Monthly highlighted the inequalities at play in the growth of ‘meanwhile use’ spaces for artists.
As an artist, his work has been exhibited internationally, including at MOMA PS1, New York 2017, Tate Britain, London, 2016, ICA London, 2015, Banner Repeater, London 2014, TFL Art on the Underground, London, 2012, Chisenhale Gallery, London, 2012, Picture This, Bristol, 2008, Rotterdam Film Festival, 2006 and London Film Festival, 2005. He was a participant in the first LUX Associate Artists Programme 2007-2008 and the Acme Studios Fire Station Residency 2010-2015.
Matthew has taught art and film at many art schools and universities, including Goldsmiths, Royal Academy Schools, Camberwell College of Arts UAL, International Academy of Art Palestine, Finnish Academy of Arts, Helsinki, Kingston University, Newcastle University, San Francisco Art Institute – and since 2010 he has been Senior Lecturer in Moving Image at University of Brighton.
Gayle Chong Kwan is a British artist whose photographic works, installations and sensory events are exhibited internationally, both in galleries and in the public realm. At the core of her practice is an expanded and embodied notion of photographic practice through which she explores interiority and exteriority, the individual and collective, in which objects, people, process, and activities move between each other with the potential to re-organise themselves in different configurations.
Gayle has a PhD in Fine Art, Royal College of Art, London (2022). Past work includes Anthropo-scene, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China (2022); Artist in Residence in Photography at the V&A Museum (2019-2021); Waste Archipelago, Galerie Alberta Pane, Venice (2021); Wastescape, Auckland Arts Festival (2019).
Nikhil Vettukattil is an artist and a writer based in Oslo, Norway. Using a range of media such as sound, installation, performance, text, sculpture, and video, his practice questions modes of representation and image-making processes in their relation to lived experiences.
He has previously exhibited at venues such as Kunsthall Oslo (2022), CAPC, Bordeaux (2021), K-U-K, Trondheim (2021), ArtHub, Copenhagen (2021) K4 Galleri, Oslo (2021), Louise Dany, Oslo (2020), EKA Gallery, Tallinn (2020), Kristiansand Kunsthall (2020) and Le Bourgeois, London (2019).
He is part of the art collectives Tenthaus and Carrie as well as a studio artist at Atelier Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo. Forthcoming exhibitions include Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo (2022) and the Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo (2022).
Everton Wright (EVEWRIGHT) is a British artist, with parentage from Jamaica. His work is a conscious ‘mash up’ of drawing, sculpture, combined with digital film and live installations. EVEWRIGHT’s work explores the intricate connections between the body and our experience of the modern environment, and he communicates this through bold interactive art, also using urban and rural landscapes as his canvas.
EVEWRIGHT studied graphic design at Middlesex University, received a First-Class degree and continued on to train as an artist in mixed media painting at Central St Martins College of Art, where he did his foundation. He also trained in film and video production at Four Corners London.
With a professional background in commercial graphic design, EVEWRIGHT is also an award-winning creative director, responsible for creating iconic imagery. However, art has since become his focus and EVEWRIGHT has participated in several group and solo exhibitions including: Royal Academy of Arts Exhibition, London, Jeanne Kahn Gallery and Porters Gallery, BFI British Film Institute and Firstsite Gallery Colchester. 2021. Artist EVEWRIGHT. Four prints from his ‘Walking Drawings Across the Estuaries’ series have been acquired by the Government Art Collection.
2020 / 2021. Solo Exhibition | Tilbury Bridge Walkway of Memories: Tilbury Bridge Walkway of Memories is an outdoor art and sound installation 2021. Group Exhibition | FIRSTSITE Gallery Colchester – Art for Life NHS Exhibition . EVEWRIGHT exhibited ‘Mother’s Touch’ a C-Type Print on Aluminium with Sound; Caribbean Takeaway Takeover 2018 Colchester; Guildhall Gallery: No Colour Bar Exhibition 2015; Ripon Cathedral. Great North Art Show 2015,