Acme Studios — Robert Holyhead

Supporting Artists since 1972

Robert Holyhead

Fire Station Residency

Robert Holyhead was born in Trowbridge in 1974, and currently lives and works in London.He makes abstract paintings (oil on canvas) that begin in relation to small watercolour studies, which initiate possibilities for new works. The watercolours are made in response to an ongoing visual observation of the formal devices used to represent abstract language within painting.

Robert’s solo exhibitions include Galerie Max Hetzler (London, Paris and Berlin); PARTS Project, The Hague; PEER, London; Karsten Schubert, London. Selected group exhibitions include Ulster Museum, Belfast; Tate Britain, London; Whitechapel Gallery, London. His work has been acquired by Tate, Arts Council England, Government Art Collection, Collection Centre Pompidou and the YUZ Museum, Shanghai.

Fire Station Residency 2005-2010

Acme's residency at the Fire Station is one of the most directly supportive schemes for artists in the United Kingdom, providing combined studio and living space at low rents, as well as a half rent residency for a deaf or disabled artist. This five year fixed-term residency scheme is intended to allow artists more time to concentrate on the development of their work and professional careers, and less time working to survive. 2005-2010 residents were selected by former Acme co-director Jonathan Harvey, arts consultant Tessa Jackson and artists Hayley Newman, Erika Tan and Julie Umerle.