Acton Arts and Media

Acton Arts and Media was a five-year regeneration programme for Acton run by ACAVA for the regeneration agency Action Acton, with which ACAVA was a partner from the initial SRB funding bid.

The multi-stranded programme included artist studio development, artists’ career development support and creative business start-ups, digital arts training, community arts development, permanent art commissions, exhibitions and temporary events. Studios were established in refurbished buildings – ex-industrial, former offices and and an empty shop – with leases negotiated over variable periods to provide studios at affordable rents for artists and creative practitioners.

During the programme, regular courses in digital arts were run from a high end IT suite, covering image editing, web design, video editing, audio visual, and portfolio development - in short and longer courses led by professional tutors working in the industry. An extension of this was the iconic C-Van – a converted horse box with livery by international artist Mark Titchner - a mobile training vehicle, cinema and artwork with laptop computers, video projector, screen and sound PA, providing a versatile resource for events and activities for schools, groups and festivals. Permanent art commissions were undertaken by Ming Wong and Mamily Sheibani in local schools and open space and artists were resident in local community and arts groups, providing training and mentoring.

The programme culminated in a major, one-off multi media event, the Acton Crawl, bringing together artists, performers, community participants and audiences on a slow journey through the heart of Acton. New works commissioned for the event included extraordinary projections in Acton Town station ticket hall and the local swimming baths by Michael Pinsky, a giant projection on the whole side of a tower block by Louisa Fairclough and live performances by Ming Wong in the Methodist Hall and a local pub. Students led by industry professionals created interactive, digital animations in a High Street café.

Acton Arts and Media was funded by Single Regeneration Budget (SRB), the Arts Council, England (London Arts), and the London Development Agency through Action Acton.