‘The Shortlist’ exhibition showcases work by the artists short-listed for The Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary; a unique award which supports disabled artists by offering a three-month residency at a high profile gallery or cultural institution.

This year’s collaboration with the V&A and Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art, brought an exciting new twist to our annual residency with its focus on inclusive design.

Following a hotly contested selection process, the shortlisted artists were: 

Carmen Papalia (2014-15 bursary recipient) – Papalia's work takes the form of participatory public projects which are concerned in establishing prolonged moments of radical accessibility in institutional and non-institutional settings.

Laila Cassim – Cassim is a trained graphic designer whose work explores the possibilities for visual communication design as a tool to empower socially marginalised groups through practice-based research and co-design projects. 

Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings – Mudawi-Rowlings is a textile designer/artist specialising in print making, whose work represents a fusion of eastern and western influences.

Peter Matthews – Matthews’ direct, hands-on, experimental and performative practice is often created whilst travelling around the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean in a nomadic style of being, making work in the vast solitude of the ocean.

To read more about the selected recipient, Carmen Papalia click here.

Details of the Shortlist exhibition and Artst talk will be announced shortly.


Thanks to all of those who applied.


Selection panel

Professor Jeremy Myerson (Director, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design).  

Tony Heaton (Chief Executive, Shape),

Leanne Manfredi (Programme Manager: Higher Education, Creative Industries and Residencies, Victoria and Albert Museum),

Laura Southall (Assistant Programme Manager: Higher Education, Creative Industries & Residencies, Victoria and Albert Museum

Shortlist 5
Top image: ARMB Shortlist 6 postcard
Bottom image: ARMB Shortlist 5 poster
Banner image: Simon Raven 'Bookworm'