ARMA 2020

The Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA) was established in memory of the artist Alexandra Reinhardt and is supported by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust.

The annual award, worth £15,000, funds an artist or artists to conceive and deliver a project which engages children and young peopleThe Award in 2020 focuses on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, has been working with ARMA on the programme since 2012. 

The artist: Beth Shapeero 

Beth Shapeero has been chosen to undertake the 2020 Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA) Artist Commission at The Tetley, Leeds. 

Beth will work with The Tetley and their partner Health for All to deliver a participatory project with care experienced young people. The artist will explore a toolkit of methods with participants which they might use to support their mental health and wellbeing, such as taking notice of their surroundings. Together, they will work towards realising an exhibition in the Shirley Cooper Gallery at The Tetley. 

Beth Shapeero co-founded Backlit Gallery in 2008 in Nottingham before moving to Glasgow, Scotland, where she currently lives and works, for her M.Litt at Glasgow School of Art in 2011. Shapeero’s works and paintings explore a range of materials and process, focusing on reductive, playful and imperfect ways of making. Engagement and collaboration hold central positions within Shapeero’s practice, with her projects often combine drawing, painting and sculpture with social practice and seek innovative ways to widen audiences and improve accessibility 

Previous projects include: Tiny Paintings, Mount Florida Gallery and Studios, Glasgow (2020) showing work made on residence in at Sim in Reykjavik IC (2019); Two-Step (ongoing), a collaboration with Fraser Taylor, Govan Project Space, Glasgow (2019); LOOP, Glasgow Subway System, Glasgow International Festival (2018); Block, Tramway Local commission, Govanhill, Glasgow (2017); Bedroom, residency at Studio Pavilion at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow (2017); Clam Jam, The Royal Standard, Liverpool (2016). 

 I am delighted to be selected for this opportunity.  It is an important project which looks to support a small group of vulnerable people at a really crucial age to learn skills to create artwork and inspire others. I can’t wait to meet the young people and start working with them. 

Beth Shapeero

Working closely with our partners, we wanted to find an artist who will inspire a group of young people and give them the confidence to work on a project of this scale. We are confident Beth is the perfect fit for the ARMA artist commission, with her wealth of experience and knowledge working with young people, we are excited to see how she will develop the participatory project, responding to the themes of mental health and wellbeing.   

Helen Watson, Director (maternity cover) of The Tetley

Beth has demonstrated in her work an ability to work collaboratively and to bring different groups together. This year, ARMA is all about developing partnerships that mutually support each other and we are excited to see how Beth can develop those relationships to empower vulnerable young people and give them confidence to create a major exhibition at the Tetley.

Veronica Reinhardt, Trustee of the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust

Engage is delighted to be working with Beth Shapeero, The Tetley and Arts for Health on ARMA 2020. This partnership offers a great opportunity for young people to collaborate with a highly experienced artist and with arts and social care professionals on a commission. This is a brilliant opportunity to showcase the talents and aspirations of young people and to support their mental wellbeing. Engage is proud to be co-ordinating ARMA 2020. We are grateful to the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust for initiating and supporting this important visual arts award which gives vital support to the sector.

Jane Sillis, Director of Engage

The Tetley, Leeds

The Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award, Artist Commission 2020 will be hosted by The Tetley, Leeds.

The Tetley is a pioneering centre for contemporary art located in the stunning art deco headquarters of the former Tetley Brewery. From the heart of Leeds’ South Bank, The Tetley creates a platform for amazing emerging artists, presents breathtaking free exhibitions and helps communities and young people in Leeds find their creative voice. The Tetley is supported by Arts Council England, Carlsberg UK, Leeds City Council, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Visit The Tetley website

The Tetley are thrilled to have been awarded the prestigious Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award. The Artist Commission comes at a pivotal time for The Tetley as it places children and young people at the forefront of its participation programme. The Commission will be co-produced, bringing together children and young people with a contemporary artist to create an exhibition driven by their interests, whilst responding to relevant issues surrounding Mental Health.  

Helen Watson, Director (maternity cover) of The Tetley

ARMA are delighted to be working with The Tetley to offer a unique opportunity to vulnerable young people. With the support of a contemporary artist/s they will be exploring their thoughts and ideas on mental health through art. At the end of the project, they will then be able to share their work with a larger audience in a major exhibition at the gallery. ARMA hopes the project will continue to demonstrate how small projects can have profound effects on all participants, particularly when curatorial and education departments work closely together.

Veronica Reinhardt, Trustee of the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust

We are delighted to be working with The Tetley on ARMA 2020, which focuses next year on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. The Tetley’s proposal supports young people to engage with an artist and their work and will shine a light on The Tetley’s excellent participation and education programmes. Engage is privileged to have been working with the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust on the delivery of ARMA since 2012.

Jane Sillis, Director of Engage