Since submissions are open for our eighth annual Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary, we take a look at what our previous recipients are up to today…

Noëmi Lakmaier (2008)

Since her turn as the first Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary recipient eight years ago, Noëmi’s career has gone from strength to strength. Creating work inspired by the notion of ‘the other’, through her performance and installation art she explores perceptions of identity in the 21st century. For her ARMB residency Noëmi spent three months at the Camden Arts Centre, where she constructed the interactive sculptural piece ‘Experiment in Happiness’.

This March she was one of the artists chosen for our 2015 Unlimited commissions. Her proposed durational live art piece ‘Cherophobia’ (which means the fear of being happy) will see the artist attach helium filled balloons to her motionless body over a 48 hour period, until she is gradually lifted off the ground. In April she curated an exhibition with Mac Birmingham entitled 'Disrupted', which brought together emerging and established disabled artists to bring the disability arts movement to the mainstream. 

Experiment in Happiness by Nöemi Lakmaier, a site responsive installation made from yellow shoes

Read more about Noëmi's residency here
Or visit her website.

Sally Booth (2009)

2009 ARMB bursary recipient Sally Booth’s residency took place at the Blue Coat Gallery in Liverpool, where she spent her time reflecting on her experience of the city as a visually impaired artist. Although she is primarily a painter, she also works with digital technology and other mediums.

Sally ran a workshop with us at last year’s Liberty Festival, exploring how disabled artists see the world. Throughout the day she worked alongside the public to create drawings of what you can see from the ground up, with an impressive 108 canvases completed.

Last year she and fellow artist Evlynn Sharpe collaborated on an exhibition with the Tate Modern exploring the unique elements of Cornwall. This April she appeared on BBC Radio 4 paying tribute to fellow vision-impaired artist Sargy Mann, and in May visited Prague to open an exhibition of her drawings and paintings at multi-disciplinary arts festival The Verrmissage. 

Sally Booth

Sally Booth

Read more about Sally's residency here
Or visit her website.

Aaron Williamson (2010)

Informed by his experience of becoming deaf, Aaron Williamson’s work is a politicised yet humourous take on disability culture. Through art he mocks social and cultural events while inverting the notion of outsider-ness, especially in relation to social exclusion. 

During his residency at Spike Island, Aaron extended beyond his usual practice of film and performance and explored sculpture and installation. He created an installation around the discovery of a fictional tribe of medieval ‘cripple beggars’ known as the Affligare, and styled them as ‘museological’ artefacts; in the tradition of an ethnography collection.

Like Noëmi, Aaron is also a part of the Unlimited project, receiving a commission to develop his performance 'Demonstrating the World'. A live reinterpretation of the mundane 'how to' videos found on YouTube, this upcoming piece is a participatory intervention designed for city centres and public spaces.  

    'The Lost History of the Affligare' - Installation by Aaron Williamson

Read more about Aaron's residency here
Or visit his website.

Caroline Cardus (2011)

The 2011 ARMB recipient Caroline Cardus spent her residency at THE BALTIC in Gateshead. Working across a variety of visual media, Caroline’s work investigates identity through simple yet powerful messages.

Her residency piece ‘Message to Barbara’ represents the power of language and subverts the familiar element of the text message into a form of individual symbolism. By allowing the audience to view an intense correspondence with her close friend, which begins with Barbara’s diagnosis of a serious illness and continues over a few months, Caroline allows them to see the genuine humour, love and drama in their relationship.  

Since 2012 Caroline has been Chair of the Board at Disability Arts Online (DAO), a unique online platform which allows deaf and disabled artists, performers, film-makers and writers to share and discuss their artistic practice.  

Caroline Cardus Message to Barbara
Read more about Caroline's residency here.
Or check out her profile on Disability Arts Online.

Simon Raven (2012)

In 2012 the ARMB returned to the Camden Arts Centre, where it originally debuted. The second time around the recipient was Simon Raven.

Inspired by contemporary philosopher Slavoj Zizeck's concept that in the pleasure-seeking rush of modern life, psychoanalysis can provide a refuge where it’s acceptable to be dull. He used the gallery space as a base for a series of immersive installations and interventions that encouraged the audience to engage in ‘being boring’.

Simon has undertaken a number of projects and exhibitions since completing his residency including 'Human Freak' and  'Unweaving the Basket'. He also took part in fellow ARMB bursary recipent Aaron Williamson's collaborative performance with Unlimited commission winner Katherine Araniello entitled Disabled Avant-Garde (2015). 

Simon Raven Ok to be Boring

Read more about Simon's residency here.
Or visit his website.
Watch 'Ok to be Boring' in action here.

Aaron McPeake (2013)

The 2013 ARMB was hosted for a second time by Spike Island, this time the venue was taken over by Aaron McPeake.

After abandoning his previous career as a stage lighting designer due to the loss of his sight, Aaron decided to become an artist full-time. He now works with numerous media including sculpture, sound, film and photography. His work explores the notion that there are many ways to read an art work, and he views his pieces in the same way you would read a poem, with the visual imagination integral to both concepts.

Aaron's most recent project was a public commission by the Chelsea College of Art and Design. 'The Sound of their Deaths in Australia' was situated on the temporarily vacant Henry Moore plinth outside the Tate Britain during March and April 2015, while the original Moore sculpture was on loan. 

Aaron McPeake at work

Read more about Aaron’s residency here.
Or visit his website.

Carmen Papalia (2014)

A self-described ‘non-visual learner’, last year’s bursary recipient Carmen Papalia spent his three month residency at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

After deciding his white cane was too symbolic of being blind, Carmen decided to try more innovative ways of getting around. He calls this ‘creative way-finding’, and this approach to orientation has informed his practice for a while.

This includes his most famous way-finding performance 'Mobility Device', where he wandered around the Californian city of Santa Ana using a marching band as a guide. Carmen had no previous knowledge of the town, and the marching band used a variety of pre-arranged sounds to warn him of obstacles such as steps, trees and traffic.

For his V&A residency Carmen constructed a similar performance, this time focusing on the museum layout itself. Traversing the V&A’s seven miles of gallery space, a radio-effects specialist crafted sounds that reflect the impact of the potential collisions.  

The deadline for submissions is
July 27th 2015

The 2015 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary residency will take place January - March 2016 at the New Art Gallery Walsall.  
For further information and to apply, click here.

Banner image: 'Photo-series: Objects as a mobility device', 2015, Carmen Papalia.

Images: ‘Experiment in Happiness’ by Nöemi Lakmaier, Sally Booth, 'BlueCoat Window Number 6' Sally Booth, Aaron Williamson, 'The Lost History of the Affligare' Aaron Williamson, 'Message to Barbara' Caroline Cardus, 'Ok to be Boring' Simon Raven, Aaron McPeake.

Video: 'Getting to the Front Lobby', 2015, Carmen Papalia.