The 2019 Shape Arts Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary (ARMB), an annual award set up in memory of sculptor Adam Reynolds to support mid-career disabled artists, is now open for applications.

Now in its eleventh year, the ARMB offers this year’s successful recipient an award of £10,000 and an accompanying three-month residency with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts, Gateshead from 4 March to 31 May 2019.

The Bursary provides an opportunity for disabled artists to develop their ideas and practice without pressure to deliver a particular outcome such as finished or exhibition-ready work. The recipient of the last ARMB was sculptor Terence Birch, whose residency with Pallant House Gallery and the University of Chichester took place from February to May 2018. Previous residencies have been hosted by Turner Contemporary, Margate, The V&A, LondonThe New Art Gallery, Walsall, The Bluecoat, LiverpoolCamden Arts Centre, London and Spike Island, Bristol.

World-renowned sculptor Sir Antony Gormley RA comments:

Adam was inspirational as an artist and a man – seeing his disability as a strength. This bursary is the most practical and powerful way to continue doing what Adam did to make the possible palpable.

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is situated on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, England and consists of 2,600 square metres of art space, making it the UK’s largest dedicated contemporary art institution.

Their mission is to create greater understanding of the world through outstanding, experimental and inspiring contemporary art which has power, relevance and meaning for individuals and communities. They commission and produce exhibitions, performances, public and learning programmes which champion the role of artists in contemporary society. They create environments and opportunities within and beyond BALTIC’s galleries where individuals and communities can explore different ways of seeing and thinking about the world by engaging with exceptional art and artists.

The residency will also include developing and delivering public-facing activities with BALTIC and Shape, and showing work as part of the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary Shortlist exhibition, in which all artists shortlisted for the award will be given the opportunity to participate.

Submissions deadline: 12 noon, 1 October 2018

To apply, please download and read the information pack and then complete the application form:

If you require information about this opportunity, please contact [email protected] or 0207 424 7366 (voice)


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