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Commission award

Deadline: February 20, 2009, 5:00 pm

The award is worth £10,000 and is open to artists using a range of media, i.e. painting, printmaking, photography, textiles, and wall-mounted sculpture. It was established in 2005, when the charity Paintings in Hospitals received a grant from the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust to set up and run an annual artist in residence project to be based at a different NHS hospital each year for five years.  The Award is in memory of  Alexandra Reinhardt, an artist who died aged 43 in 2004, having battled with a rare blood disorder all her life.

Paintings in Hospitals was founded in 1959 at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queen Square, London.  To mark the 50th anniversary of the Charity the fifth Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Prize will be based in the Hospital's Neurorehabilitation Unit (NRU). 

The project aims to provide opportunities for patients, staff and visitors to observe and participate in the creative process of an artist and bring the enjoyment of art and artworks into the NRU. The artist will be required to involve participants in stimulating and enjoyable creative activities, suitable for the ward and its users, and give those involved opportunities for self-expression.

As an outcome of the project the artist will be required to produce one artwork for the NRU which will improve or add to the existing Hospital environment, and one artwork to help broaden the PiH collection. In addition to the residency project the artist will be given the opportunity of a two week solo exhibition at PiH's gallery in the Menier Chocolate Factory in March 2010. 

To apply:

Please send up to 10 slides / photographs / images of your work on disk, your CV and a supporting letter outlining your interest in the project and detailing relevant experience.  In addition to this, please complete and return the application form, describing a possible approach that you may take to the residency, your chosen media and working method to involve patients, visitors and staff. 

More information and an application form are available at the website below.  

Please send your application to:  Rachel Stewart, Senior Curator, Paintings in Hospitals, First Floor, Menier Chocolate Factory, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU

Visit www.alexandrareinhardt.org