Call for venues: Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award, Artist Commission 2020

Engage is delighted to announce that applications are now open for venues wishing to host the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award, Artist Commission 2020.

Application deadline: 10am on Thursday 6 June 2019

Galleries, museums and visual arts venues throughout the United Kingdom are invited to submit proposals to host the 2020 Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA), Artist Commission, worth £15,000. The Award in 2020 focuses on mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. The Award funds an artist (or artists) to conceive and deliver a project which engages children and young people. It is hoped the project will have an outcome such as an exhibition, performance, art commission or public sharing. A further £3,750 will be made available to the host organisation to cover their costs.

Applications are invited both from organisations with experience of working with artists on participatory projects or education and learning programmes, and those with little experience and for whom this would be a good opportunity to develop work in this area.

To apply to host the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award, Artist Commission 2020 please complete the application form in full and submit it by email to info@engage.org by 10am on Thursday 6 June 2019. Please use the subject line ‘ARMA 2020 Host Organisation Application’.

Artist Lindsey Mendick completed ARMA 2018 at The Turnpike, Leigh; Alison Carlier completed 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.

Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award, Artist Commission 2020

Engage invites galleries, museums and visual arts venues across the UK to submit a proposal to host a participatory project led by a visual artist or artists with a focus on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. The project will be conceived, developed and delivered by the artist(s) in dialogue with the host organisation. The project may lead to an outcome such as an exhibition, performance, commission or public sharing. The participatory project will run in spring/summer 2020.

The award is an opportunity for a host organisation to work with an artist (or artists) on a participatory programme. Host organisations with no previous experience of working with artists on a participatory project are welcome to apply.

An Award of £15,000 will be made to the artist(s), once appointed, to cover artists’ fees, artists’ expenses, materials for the participatory project and the costs of producing the outcome of the project. ARMA will award the host organisation £3,750 to cover the costs of hosting the project including the host organisation’s costs associated with realising any public outcome such as an exhibition, performance or public sharing. We would like the final outcome to, in some way, profile the background of the award. There is the option of showing a selection of the work of Alexandra Reinhardt as part of the public outcome.

The aims of the programme are:

For a visual artist (or artists)to work with children and young people on a participatory arts project with a focus on the mental health and wellbeing of the participants.
For a visual artist (or artists) to conceive, develop and deliver a participatory project with the support of the host organisation, which draws inspiration from the participants and/or the context of the host organisation, for example, the building, the venueʼscollection or the local area.
For the artist(s) and participants to share the outcomes of the project, for example, by creating an art work, an exhibition, or other type of public sharing.

More than one artist may undertake the project. If there is only one artist, the expectation is that they will be a visual artist; if there is a pair of artists, one of them should be a visual artist and the other artist may work in any other art form.

To apply to host the ARMA Artist in Residence 2018:

Please read the Information for Venues and complete the Application Form.

Background

ARMA was established in memory of the artist Alexandra Reinhardt and is supported by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust. Alexandra suffered from a life-threatening blood condition and was profoundly deaf. She often used art in a therapeutic way. The Award was established after her death in 2004 to celebrate how art can promote wellbeing and to support young artists. 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.