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head teacher of Robert Blair School

Latest news: Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award 2012

Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award


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The canvas being finished by The Art Room students

Alexandra's canvas being finished by students at The Art Room

The canvas being finished by The Art Room students

Emma Molony, winner 2010, printmaking at The Art Room

The Art Room is pleased to be hosting the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award from 2010 – 2013. The Award, worth £10,000, was established in 2005 in memory of Alexandra Reinhardt, an artist who died in 2004 aged 43, having battled with a rare blood disorder and profound deafness all her life.

The Award provides funds for a 12 week artist-in-residence project culminating in the creation of a public art installation. It aims to not only provide an opportunity to highlight and inspire artists but to work with people in a therapeutic way enabling them to interact in the making of an artwork. The first five awards have been in NHS hospitals around the country and run in conjunction with the charity, Paintings in Hospitals.

The 2012 ARMA will be run at The Art Room, Robert Blair School, Islington, London. The winning artist will be required to run 12 full day workshops held weekly at The Art Room, working with children aged 7 - 11. The artist will be working with three groups of children during the day who will remain the same over the 12 week period. The residency will run from April through to mid July.

The artist is expected to produce a finished artwork for permanent public display in response to the residency. This will be for display at Robert Blair School. The installation can be either for an interior or exterior venue and there is an opportunity to use a roof garden at the school for the siting of an artwork.

For 2012 the ARMA panel are looking for a 3D installation at the school.

Please note that The Art Room is unable to provide studio accommodation and it will be the artist's responsibility to make arrangements for such a facility if required. Please note the Award includes all expenses such as travel, materials and artist's time.

The selection of the artist will be made on the following criteria:

  • Relevant previous experience.
  • Strength of the proposal put forward.
  • The proposed working process/media.
  • Examples of previous work and the suitability of the proposed work for public display.

The appointed artist will need to pass a Criminal Record Bureau check to ensure they are cleared to work with young children.

More information is available on the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award website.


How to apply

Download and complete the ARMA application form (Adobe PDF, approx 400KB) and return no later than 2.30pm February 3 2012. Please return the application form to:

The Art Room
Rose Hill Primary School
The Oval
Oxford OX4 4SF

Alternatively application forms may be emailed to arma@theartroom.org.uk.

You will also need to enclose a stamped addressed envelope (pre-paid registered post if required) for return of any documentation sent. We regret that due to the number of entries we are unable to give feedback to unsuccessful applications.

Interviews will be held at the end of February at the Robert Blair School, Islington.