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Anne Harild to receive the 2015 Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award Artist Residency at the Bluecoat

Danish artist Anne Harild has been chosen to undertake the 2015 Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA) Artist Residency at the Bluecoat.

Beginning in February 2015, Anne will spend ten weeks in residence at the Bluecoat, building on the organisation’s ongoing commitment to make the very best of art accessible to all, by working with families from some of Liverpool’s disadvantaged communities. The result will be a semi-permanent commissioned artwork that will welcome visitors to the historic building from Autumn 2015.

ARMA was established in memory of the artist Alexandra Reinhardt and with the support of the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust, funds an 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 and Maria Zahle at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester. 

Anne Harild was born in Denmark and studied at University of the Arts and the Royal College of Art, London. Her work is rooted in an exploration of the organised urban environment, the grids and textures that make up contemporary cities and structure and shape our lives within them. She explains “I investigate the visual language of place; the material and shape we choose to surround ourselves with, translating the materiality of spaces into a series of collages, sculptural works and animated films. Collecting architectural surfaces, textures and shapes with camera and pencil, I deconstruct them and re-connect them, trying to make sense of the skins of buildings and what meaning they might carry.” This process opens a new perspective on living and dwelling in which recuperation, self-building, and a fresh look on the existing built environment are pivotal elements.                                                                                                                                    

Anne has exhibited her work as part of ‘Atelier a Habiter’ at Z33 House of Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium, ‘Shadow Lines’ at Tin Type Contemporary Art, London and most recently Paradigm Store at 5 Howick Place, London. This year Anne’s projects included Translating Spaces, where she worked with young people from Drapers City Foyer, Bethnal Green to create an exhibition, as well as a series of workshops in London schools in collaboration with Art on the Underground. These led to the production of a series of artworks that were then displayed as posters on the tube network. Anne has also been an artist in Artist in Residence at St. Mary’s Hospital in the Paediatric Unit, and produced an animation in response to this experience, which is part of Paintings in Hospitals’ collection.         

Anne Harild said: “I am very much looking forward to beginning my residency at the Bluecoat and taking on this commission. It’s a great opportunity, being able to explore the environment of such a beautiful and historically rich place as the Bluecoat in collaboration with young people and adults.

I hope to make work based on our findings that will help people to engage in a process of exploring their immediate environment and the environment of the Bluecoat.”                                            

Bec Fearon, Head of Engagement at the Bluecoat said: We are delighted to be hosting the award in 2015 and excited about working with Anne Harild. I am sure that, in collaboration with children and families, Anne will create something truly exceptional for our front courtyard space. We are particularly inspired by her idea to use details within the building's architecture as the starting point for workshops. It's such a landmark building and this will encourage people to look at it more closely.”

Jane Sillis, Director of engage, and a member of the selection panel for the Award said:engage is delighted that Anne Harild is undertaking the 2015 ARMA residency and commission with the Bluecoat. Anne a brings wealth of experience of working with a diversity of participants on high quality visual arts projects in a broad range of media.”

For information, images and interviews, contact:

Ailbhe Mac Eoin, Communications Officer, engage: / 020 7729 5858

For further information about the Bluecoat commission contact:

Bec Fearon, Head of Engagement at the Bluecoat: / 0151 702 7760 


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