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Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA) Artist Residency

MZ Tree Stripe, 2012, Frieze Sculpture Park, London 1

Maria Zahle, Tree Stripe, 2012, Frieze Sculpture Park, London

Maria Zahle has been chosen to undertake the 2014 Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA) Artist Residency at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery. The Danish-born artist will undertake the prestigious residency and commission during 2014.

Beginning in February 2014, Maria will spend ten weeks in residence at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, developing a series of workshops for families and younger visitors to the museum as well as an exciting opportunity for schools. The results of the workshops will inform a commissioned artwork to be enjoyed by both children and adults alike.

The proposed installation, scheduled for completion by October 2014, will encourage visitor engagement and physical play within Gallery 6, the museums Victorian art gallery, currently under refurbishment.

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.


Diversions family workshops at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery


Diversions: Route II family workshops
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

This year the sculptor Maria Zahle will be taking the lead on our Diversions: Route II programme of workshops as part of her ARMA residency. 

As part of the Diversions: Route II programme Maria and our workshop facilitators will lead a series of free workshops that experiment and explore a variety of materials and activities, these workshops will shape the final artwork.

Come and join us for a new experience each time; from large scale sculptures to curating spaces, we need your creativity. This is your invitation to make your mark and take part!

Workshop dates

Monday 2 – Friday 6 June
10.30am – 12.00pm
0 – 2 years workshop

Monday 2 – Friday 6 June
1pm – 3pm
3 – 5 years workshop

Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 June
11am – 2pm
Families workshop

Free, drop-in activities. For more details please call 0116 225 4900.

Please note all children will need to be accompanied by a parent/carer at all times. Please be aware that we will be documenting the activities to help improve our services for our current and future visitors.

Diversions is part of New Walk Museum & Art Gallery's commitment towards Kids in Museums.

Diversions is part of The Spark Festival, a two-week festival that takes place each year in May and June in Leicester. Presenting theatre, dance and music performances and visual & digital events for children aged 0-13, in theatres, school and community venues. 


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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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