The ACME is an 18,0000-square-foot collection of artist-only studios located at 108 East Hastings Street in the heart of Vancouver’s DTES. Today ACME houses over 60 artists in 18 affordable studios. A former department store, the building had been vacant for 24 years and had fallen into serious disrepair when we took over the lease in late 2008.
Today, photographers, painters, sculptors, jewelry designers, textile artists, clothing designers and musicians perfect their craft at ACME while two galleries on the main floor feature working artist collectives. These galleries, the Remington and the Gam host a variety of events every month. ACME has become a hub of artistic activity within the DTES. It is at the centre of the annual Eastside Art Walk, SWARM, when over 1000 art enthusiasts wander through ACME.