The Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award was established in memory of the artist Alexandra Reinhardt and is supported by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust.
To date, ARMA has comprised of an artist participatory/education project culminating in an artwork or artworks. From 2005, artists undertook residencies in NHS hospitals through a programme coordinated by Paintings in Hospitals. From 2010, the artist residency programme was coordinated by The Art Room, an organisation that works with art and artists to support vulnerable young people. Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education is delighted to have been running ARMA since 2012. The Award has been made bi-annually since 2016. For ARMA 2020, a specific focus on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people has been introduced
Artist Lindsey Mendick completed ARMA 2018 at The Turnpike, Leigh; Alison Carlier, ARMA 2016 at aspex, Portsmouth; Anne Harild, ARMA 2015 at the Bluecoat, Liverpool; in 2014, Maria Zahle was hosted by New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester and in 2013, Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva was at mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art.