Artist Noëmi Lakmaier was awarded Shape's Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary in 2008, undertaking an accompanying residency a Camden Arts Centre. We asked her a few questions on her experiences and what she's been up to since...


What is it in particular about Shape that you identify with as an artist?

Shape is a unique organisation as it does not attempt to categorise or box disabled artists in, but embraces us in all our diversity. 

What made you feel that the ARMB residency was the appropriate vehicle for the exploration of your work?

It was simply a brilliant opportunity that I felt I simply had to apply for. 

How did the residency help you to develop your practice and career?

The residency gave me the push to quit my job at the time and take the plunge into self employment as an artist. In many ways it was the launchpad to my career. 

What have you been up to since your residency, and what are you working on at the moment?

Since my residency at the Camden Arts Centre I have been working, performing and exhibiting in the UK Europe and North America. I am currently working on a major performance project for Unlimited this Autumn. 

What are your views about the significance of the programme?

The programme is invaluable. There are few opportunities out there for any artists, let alone disabled artists. It is a very special opportunity. 

As you may know, we’re currently accepting submissions for the 2016/17 ARMB. You can find out more information on how to apply for the bursary here

To find out more about Noëmi and her work, please visit her website here

Banner Image: Noëmi Lakmaier (2009)