Shape Artist is Presented with Deptford X Fringe Award by Renowned Artists Bob and Roberta Smith, and Charming Baker.

Noemi Lakmaier's living art installation The Observer Effect travelled to the Gallop workshop at Deptford X Festival in South East London, and received the Deptford X Fringe award for 2013.

The award was presented by lead artist for Deptford X, Bob and Roberta Smith, together with East London born and New York famed artist Charming Baker, in the company of the Mayor of Lewisham, Steve Bullock, and the Chair of Trustees for Deptford X Helen Goodier.

Noemi was the proud recipient of a cheque for £250.00 and a circular plaque signed by Bob and Roberta Smith, and had this to say about winning her prize:

"I am thrilled and delighted to be presented this award by Bob and Roberta Smith, and Charming Baker for the Deptford X Fringe prize. It's such a great festival, I love being a part of it all. I would like to thank everyone at Deptford X Festival, to the Gallop workshop for providing the space, and to SLAM (South London Art Map) for visiting 'The Observer Effect' exhibit and for their big cheer! I couldn't do this without the support of Shape, so my last thank you goes to them."

Throughout the exhibit at Deptford X Fringe (which runs until the 6th October 2013), Noemi sits behind the workshop window creating works of art. Lakmaier is situated in the centre of a room, at a table facing outwards. The floor is covered in 500 pairs of second hand shoes. One by one she paints the shoes slowly, meticulously and methodically in blue road marking paint - a colour recognised for an association with bureaucratic meaning rather than for its aesthetic quality

In science, the term observer effect refers to changes that the act of observation will make on a phenomenon being observed. 

The complete and painted works of art will be packaged in an exclusive signed branded box marking the exhibition. Each pair of shoes will be sold for £100.00 per pair to help support Noemi's work and that of Shape's.

The Observer Effect is an endurance based piece, focused on a single, seemingly absurd task. It is performed by the body turned machine, with the sole purpose of transforming once functional footwear into un-wearable art objects. 

The Observer Effect raises questions about the value of work, human labour and the role of the individual worker in a society of consumerism and mass-production.

About Noëmi Lakmaier

Noemi Lakmaier studied for both her BA (2003) and her MA (2004) in Fine Art at Winchester School of Art. She has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally including We Are For You Because We Are Against Them, The LAB, Dublin, Essence, Beldam Gallery, Brunel University, London 2008, The Works of Others, Whitechapel Gallery Project Space, London 2006, Redundancy, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth 2005. In 2008 she was artist in Residency at Camden Arts Centre, London and from 2008 - 2009 she held a studio residency at the Fire Station Artists' Studios in Dublin. She has won awards and bursaries including NAN New Collaborations, the Adam Reynolds Bursary, a Fire Station Studio Award and an Arts Council England Grant For The Arts. Lakmaier has guest lectured at the University of Brighton, Brighton, the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield and NCAD, Dublin. Visit Noemi's website here:

Shape is a disability-led arts organisation working to improve access to culture for disabled people. We develop opportunities for disabled artists, we train cultural institutions to be more open to disabled people, and we run participatory arts and development programmes. We aim for:

  1. More disabled people as arts audiences
  2. More disabled people employed in, and leading, the arts
  3. More disabled people participating in arts activities
  4. More high quality practice by disabled artists