Acme Studios — The Finnish Institute UK and Ireland/Acme London Residency 2024

Supporting Artists since 1972

In partnership with the Finnish Institute UK and Ireland, we are pleased to open applications for a three-month residency for a Finnish or Finland-based artist (June - August 2024).


Hosted by Acme as part of our ongoing international residency programmes, the opportunity is intended for a Finnish or Finland-based artist whose practice would benefit from time in London to explore and research new ideas, and who feels that they face additional barriers in pursuing their artistic practice.

The residency is research focused and no outcome is expected. We hope that the selected artist will develop their artistic practice, take inspiration or learnings from the art scene in London, and/or establish new networks during the residency. Our aim is to nurture co-creation, dialogue, care and sustainability, both psychologically and ecologically.

As part of our commitment towards minimising the environmental impact of our activity, ‘slow travel’ is encouraged as part of the residency.

The Finnish Institute UK and Ireland/Acme London Residency 2024

A 3-month work/live residency in a furnished, self-contained studio at Acme’s Fire Station building in Poplar, London.

An artist stipend of €4,800 (€1,600 per month), provided by the Finnish Institute UK and Ireland.

Support from Acme and Finnish Institute UK and Ireland’s teams for the artist to develop their creative and professional networks in London.


You are over 18 and can demonstrate a professional artistic practice;

You are not currently in full-time formal education (school, further education college, university);

You are a Finnish national or a Finland-based artist, eligible to stay in the UK for the duration of the residency (June – August 2024);

You are in financial need (i.e. the residency will provide a significant opportunity otherwise unavailable to you);

You are facing additional barriers to your artistic practice that mean you would not otherwise be able to undertake a residency in London;

You can demonstrate the transformative impact the residency would have on your artistic practice.

To apply

Applicants are required to complete an expression of interest using the online link below.

Deadline for applications: 11am, Monday 26 February 2024

We will notify all successful expressions of interest by Thursday 14 March 2024

Shortlisted artists will be invited to a video interview on Thursday 21 March 2024

The selected artist will be informed week commencing Monday 25 March 2024

The residency will run from Monday 3 June to Friday 30 August 2024

Supporting documentation (upload via the online application form)

You may include documentation of your work in one or both of these forms:

A PDF portfolio (max 5MB) with a maximum of 5 items (i.e. 5 images, or 2 images and 3 video links). Please include titles, dates of work and passwords for video links. Video must be max 5 minutes, or if longer the panel will watch the first 5 minutes.

A link to your artist website or other weblink (for example, gallery website)

CV (max 2 sides) with details of education, qualifications, recent exhibitions, commissions, awards, publications and employment.

Access support

We are committed to making our opportunities accessible and supporting applicants facing barriers to apply.

If you have any questions about making an application or need any adjustments, please email for more details. If you would like to make a video or audio application, there is the option in the online form to do this.


Please read the FAQs for further guidelines and information on eligibility.

Further enquiries

We are able to offer phone or email support to artists who are considering applying but are unsure of whether they are eligible for the award. Please read our FAQs below to see if they answer your questions first. If not, please contact with your specific enquiry.

Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland

The Institute supports the internationalisation of Finnish contemporary art and helps artists, researchers and social and cultural actors to create international networks. The Institute was founded in 1991 and it is a non-profit, private foundation funded by The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.