Fire Station Residency
Edward Allington was a renowned British sculptor. Edward's work was influenced by his interest in the classical world of Greece and Rome and often included references to architectural details and ancient artefacts. His illusionistic drawings were often created on found ledgers using oblique projection.
Edward was included in the famous group exhibitions Objects and Sculpture at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (1981) and The Sculpture Show at The Hayward Gallery (1983). His work is represented in major collections, including The Arts Council Collection, Tate, Leeds Museums and Galleries, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the British Museum; he was also commissioned to create notable public sculpture in the UK, Germany and France.
He won the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Prize in 1989, was Gregory Fellow in Sculpture at University of Leeds 1991–93 and Research Fellow in Sculpture at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1993. He received a fine art award to work at the British School at Rome in 1997. He taught at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, from (1990-2017), becoming its Head of Graduate Sculpture in 2000 and Professor of Sculpture in 2006. In 2015 he was awarded an AHRC Network Grant for his project Modern Japanese Sculpture, a collaborative research network with the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, and Musashino Arts University, Tokyo.
Fire Station Residency 1997-2001
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 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. 1997-2001 residents were selected by artists Tracy McKenna, Cornelia Parker, Adam Reynolds, and Acme co-founder Jonathan Harvey.