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Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA) Artist Residency

Sails ARMA commission in the Victorian Art Gallery

Maria Zahle: Sails and Dogs
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
The 2014 Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award Commission

Maria Zahle was chosen to undertake the 2014 Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA) Artist Residency at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery.

Maria has been involved in the delivery of more than 30 workshops with more than 2000 participants that have informed the development of the commission.

Maria’s commission has been created to encourage children and families to play and be inspired and will become part of the museum’s permanent collection. Sails and Dogs consist of patterned fabric works stretching to the ceiling of the Victorian Art Gallery and a series of low, colourful sculptures on wheels.

The work will be shown regularly over school holidays in the coming years as part of our family activities. Please revisit this webpage for further display dates of the work. 

Maria Zahle was born in Copenhagen and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and Royal Academy Schools in London.

Maria Zahle has worked on large-scale installations at Frieze Sculpture Park, London; Solo Objects, ARCO, Madrid; and Baltic39, Newcastle. Maria is currently working on a large public commission, a site-specific work for a new university building in Aalborg, Denmark. 

ARMA is supported by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust and managed by engage, the National Association for Gallery Education. 

The Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award was established in memory of the artist Alexandra Reinhardt and is supported by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust. The Award comprises an annual artist residency culminating in an artwork in the public realm. Artists have undertaken residencies in NHS hospitals since 2005 through a programme coordinated by Paintings in Hospitals. 

The artist residency programme was coordinated by The Art Room from 2010, an organisation that works with art and artists to support vulnerable young people. engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, is delighted to be running ARMA for a second year in 2014.

engage is the lead organisation in the UK for gallery education with some 900 members across 270 museums, galleries and visual arts organisations. Members include national, local authority and independent museums and galleries throughout the UK. engage has well developed programmes in England, Scotland and Wales.

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, project funding from the Arts Council of Wales and is an Annual Client of Creative Scotland.

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