Alumni Alison Carlier wins the Aspex ARMA residency award 2016

Alison Carlier has been chosen to undertake the 2016 Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA) Artist Residency at Aspex!

ARMA was established in memory of the artist Alexandra Reinhardt and with the support of the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust, funds a bi-annual artist residency culminating in an artwork in the public realm. The Award has been managed by engage, the National Association for Gallery Education since 2012 and has resulted in residencies by Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva at mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art; Maria Zahle at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester, and Anne Harild at Bluecoat, Liverpool.

Jane Sillis, Director of engage said: “engage is pleased that Alison Carlier is undertaking the 2016 ARMA residency and commission with Aspex. The new commission for Aspex will be created for the newly developed building, and Alison brings a wealth of experience of working with people and award-winning artistic practice to ARMA.”

Alison’s residency will begin in May 2016, and over the subsequent ten weeks she will carry out education and participatory work alongside Aspex’s youth, family and schools programmes. These workshops will inform the development of a new semi-permanent commissioned artwork, which will be launched at the end of the year. The artwork will be situated above the entrance to Aspex’s new artist studio, in the main foyer of the building.

The residency coincides with exciting times for us, as we have just announced details of our National Lottery-funded capital grant from Arts Council England, which will allow for the development of the gallery space to include a new artists studio and a more flexible learning space, as well as a new mobile participation studio, to enable the gallery to take its work out into the community and increase the number of people who can engage in arts activities.

Vicky Chapter, our Participation and Learning Manager at Aspex said: “I am incredibly delighted that Alison has been selected as our first artist in residence at Aspex. The team cannot wait to work alongside her, using this opportunity to increase Aspex’s engagement with the community”.

Alison Carlier studied at Surrey Institute of Art and Design and Wimbledon College of Arts, and was awarded the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2014. She has more than 20 years experience of working directly with the public and engaging others is central to her work. Her practice takes the familiarity of drawing to enable people to explore its possibilities beyond the conventions. The work reflects upon the activities of listening and looking, often taking the form of a sound installation or performance.

Alison Carlier said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be selected for the 2016 ARMA Residency. I welcome the opportunity to create a dialogue with the community, culminating in a commissioned work that resonates with those involved and a wider audience.”alison-carlier-audio-drawing


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