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ARMA 2018

2018 Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award Artist Commission



15 September – 13 October
Exhibition preview Saturday 15 September 1:30pm – 3pm

The Turnpike, Leigh has been selected to host this year’s Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award Artist Commission. The Award was established in memory of the artist Alexandra Reinhardt and is supported by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust. The successful recipient of the award is the artist Lindsey Mendick. Throughout the summer, Lindsey has worked at The Turnpike with local young people and invited contemporary artists to form The Turnpike Pottery: an artists’ collaborative working in clay. The aim of the pottery is to introduce young people to contemporary artists, develop their skills in ceramics and give them a nurturing, creative space where they can express their ideas.

Lindsey Mendick, The Turnpike Pottery. Photo: Livia Lazar

The result is an exuberant, immersive exhibition that celebrates the voice of youth and the boundless potential of collaboration. The exhibition will be launched at a special event on Saturday 15 September, 1:30pm and will continue until Saturday 13 October.

Lindsey Mendick, The Turnpike Pottery. Photo: Livia Lazar

Lindsey Mendick studied her BA at Sheffield Hallam University and her MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London. As a child of the 1990s Mendick's aesthetic sensibilities were forged in the decade that taste forgot. Her work presents a gloriously camp dreamscape of pattern and colour, with imagery pulled from culture high and low, from Botticelli to Liberace, from the gardens of Versailles to Las Vegas via The Big Breakfast. Everyday domestic objects and foodstuffs are elevated to a decadent and opulent platform. Into this she weaves her own personal narratives, memories and relationships; including her father’s stories and her mother’s seamstress skills.

Lindsey Mendick (left to right) Hello Boys 2017, courtesy of the artist; Thy Goldfish Rots From the Head Down, 2017. Photo: Harry Meadley.

Recent exhibitions include: You See Me Like A UFO, Marcelle Joseph Projects (2017); Herland, Bosse & Baum, London (2017); In Dark Times, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2017); You Were High When I Was Doomed, IMT, London (2017). In 2018 she exhibited Perfectly Ripe, a solo show, as part of the Zabludowicz Invites programme and also presented new work in collaboration with Jamie Fitzpatrick in June 2018 at Vitrine, Basel.

Lindsey Mendick, The Turnpike Pottery. Photo: Livia Lazar

Lindsey Mendick said: “I am so ecstatic to be working with The Turnpike to set up the Turnpike Pottery as I am an admirer of their dynamic and experiential programme. The idea of creating a platform where young people and artists can collaborate in ceramics has long been an ambition of mine and I can’t wait to see what we will create together. I am so thrilled to be spending August in residence at The Turnpike, exploring its surroundings and meeting its community.”

Helen Stalker, Director of The Turnpike, said: "We’re thrilled to be working with Lindsey. She really has created something extraordinary for the young people of Leigh. The openness of her approach to making art and her status as an exciting emerging artist makes her the perfect fit for The Turnpike and its surrounding community.”

Veronica Reinhardt, Trustee, Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust said: “ARMA was excited by the many possibilities offered by Lindsey Mendick’s proposal to give The Turnpike a pottery. The tactile nature of Lindsey’s work lends itself particularly well to working with young people at a vulnerable stage in their life, and we all look forward to the opening of the exhibition.”

Jane Sillis, Director of Engage said: “Lindsey is a fabulous choice for the ARMA commission at The Turnpike. Her work with young people will provide a great example for others working in gallery and visual arts education. Engage is proud to coordinate ARMA.”

The Turnpike, Leigh. Photo: Pete Carr. 

The Turnpike is an independent art gallery based at the heart of Leigh, Greater Manchester, housed in an iconic Brutalist building from the early 1970s. It has an illustrious history with artists such as Henry Moore, Gillian Ayres, Richard Hamilton and Tracey Emin among those exhibited in the past. In 2017, it was refreshed and reimagined as an independent contemporary arts venue, with a dynamic programme of exhibitions, talks, workshops and engagement events. The Turnpike produces high quality and inspiring new cultural opportunities for all, removing systematic barriers to participation and raising aspiration and resilience across the community. www.theturnpike.org.uk


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