studioTAC is run by Andrew Cross and Tess Acheson.
A Design & Build studio at its core, the combined 20 years experience of TAC brings appendages of Architecture, Art Curation, Interior Design and Creative Project Management.
Andrew studied Interior Architecture at Brighton University which, rather than sparking an Architectural career, sparked an M.A in Fine Art at Falmouth. The combined concepts of concern with space and aesthetics bred a life long and deep seated obsession with creating temporal and temporary spaces, for people.
ANARCHITECTURE was born with ATC at the helm bringing specific teams together for collaborative projects. Running themes include; the use of timber to frame and create a secular but spiritual space, angular and geometric repetitious forms teased from reclaimed materials and a play with atmospheric light.
A recent project, Sanctum, commissioned by Situations, saw ATC collaborate with acclaimed artist Theaster Gates to build a temporary structure from local reclaimed materials in a derelict Bristol church. The 24 day, 24 hours-a-day project was housed in an a-symmetric structure designed by ATC and built by his 10 strong team in 10 days.
Having cut her curation teeth by setting up Secret Arts with the directors of Secret Productions in 2009, Tess curated and managed an annual art grant of near £100,000. Secret Arts aimed to fund site specific art installations both for their flagship event Secret Garden Party and beyond. The fruits of that 4 year labour can be seen HERE.
A spell as Director of Special Projects for Wilderness Festival saw Tess delivering creative activations for Laurent-Perrier, Mulberry and HTC. In 2015 Tess project managed the Saturday night Spectacle by La Fura Del Baus which included 50 synchronised volunteers suspended from a crane and a 30ft kinetic puppet.
Joining the freelance world has seen a lean towards interior / spatial design, a recent highlight designing a complete re-fit of a double decker bus for Westfield's Christmas campaign for Bearded Kitten HERE
Tess is the director of Secret Emporium, a creative platform for independent design, founded with Lucy peacock in 2010.
WHAT WE DO
Clients work with studioTAC as they want a project to be delivered by a creative company which understands all facets of a creative process from the starting narrative to the end reveal. Often studios only deal with one of those aspects which can lead to a lack of cohesion across the project.
At the heart of everything is conversation, it is where ideas start, in its very nature it breeds art and interest.
UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON
BURNING MAN FESTIVAL
COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL
MAMA & CO
SECRET GARDEN PARTY
ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND
BEARDED KITTEN (WESTFIELD & THE COLLECTIVE)