Call for Artists: Apply now for the 2016 ARMA Artist Residency & Commission at aspex, Portsmouth

Application deadline: 10am, Monday 30 November 2015

Artists are invited to apply for the 2016 Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA), Artist in Residence, hosted by aspex in Portsmouth. The Award funds a 10-week residency and public art commission worth £15,000. ARMA was established in memory of the artist Alexandra Reinhardt and is supported by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust (MRCT). The award comprises a bi-annual artist residency, culminating in an artwork in the public realm.

The residency will take place from May to July 2016, during which the chosen artist or artists will carry out education and participatory work alongside aspex’s youth, family and schools programmes. The residency will result in a semi-permanent commissioned artwork to be displayed for up to two years above the entrance to aspex’s new artist studio, in the main foyer of the building. The commission is to be completed by November 2016, for launch at the start of December 2016. The artist/s will work closely with Vicky Chapter, Participation & Learning Manager and Clive Caswell, Curator at aspex.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an artist or artists to undertake a highly respected and well-supported residency and commission, which will be promoted nationally and internationally.

The deadline to apply is 10am on Monday 30 November 2015, and further information including a brief and application form can be found here.

Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award, background: ARMA was established in memory of the artist Alexandra Reinhardt and is supported by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust. The award comprises a bi-annual artist residency 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.

aspex: aspex is unique to the city, being Portsmouth’s only contemporary art gallery. aspex sits on the well-known waterfront location in Gunwharf Quays and attracts 27,000 visitors and 75,000 online visitors per annum. aspex’s mission is to support emerging artists and reveal the creative process. We believe that art can enrich lives, challenge preconceptions, encourage learning and make new connections. To achieve this we deliver a programme of contemporary visual art exhibitions, projects, participatory opportunities and artist support activities. Our beneficiaries are emerging artists and people of all ages who engage with our work, from Portsmouth and the surrounding region. Visitors can expect to see a variety of approaches reflected in our diverse and ever-changing programme of exhibitions, events, gallery talks and other activities. We aim to expose our visitors to varied voices and cultures, giving opportunities to experience experimental and often challenging contemporary art. Participation is at the heart of what we do and we work with schools and community groups to ensure we are always promoting equitable access to contemporary art.

engage: engage is the lead organisation in the UK for gallery education with some 900 members across 270 museums, galleries and visual arts organisations. engage has well developed programmes in England, Scotland and Wales, and members in over 20 countries worldwide. engage focuses on four areas of work: research and activities, continuing professional development, sharing practice, and advocacy. engage receives support from Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Programme, and funding from the Arts Council of Wales and Creative Scotland. engage members are the organisations and people who deliver learning programmes in the visual arts, including gallery educators, artists and artist educators, as well as students, teachers, curators, directors, youth and community workers, policymakers and others involved in arts education and the visual arts. Members include national, local authority and independent museums and galleries throughout the UK. engage is the UK’s most effective advocate for gallery education. Membership starts at just £34 per annum. Find out more at: