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ARMA 2018 - Call for Venues

Engage is delighted to announce that applications are now open for venues wishing to host the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award, Artist Commission in 2018.

Deadline for applications: 10am, Monday 15 May 2017

Galleries, museums and visual arts venues throughout the United Kingdom are invited to submit proposals to host the 2018 Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA), Artist Commission, worth £15,000. The Award funds an artist or artists to undertake work with children and young people over approximately 10 weeks, and for the experience to inform an art commission accessible to the public. A further £2,250 will be made available to the host venue to cover expenses.

Applications are invited from both organisationswith experience working with artists on commissions, 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 these areas.

Artist 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.


The Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA), Artist Commission 2018

Engage invites galleries, museums and visual arts venues acrossthe UK to submit a proposal to host a 10-week artist/s’-led participatory project leading to a visual art commission. The participatory project will run in spring/summer 2018. The artist/s will create an indoor or outdoor artwork (temporary, semi-permanent or permanent, see Appendix 3) for the venue or nearby, and will carry out (as a guide) 8-10 days of education/participatory activitieswith children, young people and/or family groups. The commissioned artwork will respond to the venue, e.g. to a collection, display, the building, the venue’shistory, or to an audience group who use the venue.

The award is an opportunity for a venue to work with an artist or artists on a participatory programme, which culminates in an art commission accessible to the public. The venue doesnot need to have worked with an artist on a participatory project, or on an artist commission to apply for this award.

ARMA will award the host venue £2,250 to cover the costs of hosting the residency. A further £500 is available for the cost of a celebratory event for the artist/s participatory project and commission. An exhibition about ARMA including works by Alexandra Reinhardt and work from the participatory programme will accompany the celebratory event. Other costs, such asthe artist/s fees, expenses, education activity materials, creating and installing the artwork (excluding surveys and site preparation) will be met by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust, totalling an award to the artist of £15,000. Please see Appendix 1 in our notes for applicants (available to download below) for a breakdown of these costs.

The aims of the programme are:

  • For an artist or artiststo respond to the host venue’s collection, a display, the building, the venue╩╝shistory, or to an audience group who use the venue, and to create a temporary, semi-permanent or permanent art commission for the venue or for a nearby space accessible to the public


  • For an artist or artists to carry out a participatory/education programme with children, young people and/or families. The participatory and educational element is as important as the commission. The participatory and educational element will contribute directly to the artist idea for the commission.


To apply to host the ARMA Artist in Residence 2018:

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



ARMA was established in memory of the artist Alexandra Reinhardt and is supported by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust. The award comprised an annual artist participatory/education project culminating in an artwork in the public realm.

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. From 2016 ARMA has run bi-annually. 



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