The Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA) aims to bring together the creative energies of an artist, a museum, visual arts venue or gallery and the local community. ARMA is intended to engage and inspire children, young people and families as well as lead to the creation of an art work to go on public display. The intention is that all should benefit from creating a piece of art in the public realm.
The annual award is worth £15,000 – offering an artist or artists the opportunity to create an original work for the host venue but also generating ways for the artist and venue to interact with the community. It was established in memory of Alexandra Reinhardt, an artist who died in 2004 aged 43, having battled with a rare blood disorder and profound deafness throughout her life.
ARMA was launched in 2005 and has worked with a variety of organisations to administer the award. The Award was originally hosted by Paintings in Hospitals, one of the first charities to use art and creativity to reduce sickness, anxiety and stress in British healthcare facilities. In conjunction with Paintings in Hospitals ARMA ran five residencies in NHS hospitals around the country.
From 2010, the artist residency programme was coordinated by The Art Room, an organisation that offers art as therapy for 5 – 16 year olds who are experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties to help raise their self-esteem, self confidence and independence. In 2012, The Art Room was chosen as one of just four charities to be given Royal patronage by HRH the Duchess of Cambridge.
We are delighted to currently be working with engage – the National Association for Gallery Education. engage has 900 members across nearly 300 museums and galleries around Britain: from national institutions to small independents and local authority run spaces.