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ARMA 2018

2018 Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award Artist Commission awarded to Lindsey Mendick

Lindsey Mendick has been chosen to undertake the 2018 Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA) Artist Commission at The Turnpike, Leigh. Over ten weeks, Lindsey will work alongside The Turnpike to create a pottery for young emerging artists. 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. The result will be a celebratory large-scale installation in The Turnpike’s main gallery space. Participants will have the opportunity to exhibit their work alongside Lindsey’s and gain an insight into the exciting process of exhibition making. 

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

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.

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 will be exhibiting a solo show Perfectly Ripe as part of the Zabludowicz Invites programme and will also be presenting new work in collaboration with Jamie Fitzpatrick in June 2018 at Vitrine, Basel.

Lindsey Mendick said: “I am so utterly thrilled to be awarded the 2018 ARMA Commission. The opportunity to work on such an adventurous and dynamic project with such a fantastic gallery will be indispensable to me as an artist. I cannot wait to begin The Turnpike Pottery with the young people of Leigh.”

Helen Stalker, Director of The Turnpike, said: "We’re thrilled to be working with Lindsey. We know that she will create 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 of the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust said: “ARMA is 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 supporting her in the project.”

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 and we are eager to see how the commission develops.”

The Turnpike, Leigh. Photo: Pete Carr. 

The news follows the announcement that The Turnpike will host the Artist Commission in 2018. The Turnpike is a new, independent arts organisation. Since January 2017, it has occupied the first floor of an iconic 1970s brutalist building in the centre of Leigh, Greater Manchester. The Turnpike is a unique arts venue, producing 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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