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Art is a Lifeline





How can we use art as a lifeline to communicate, connect, and heal the world around us? 

Art is a Lifeline is a virtual symposium featuring artists and art advocates who are currently creating artworks, projects, and programs that empower individuals and communities to thread art into their lives in order to rise above difficult situations and challenges. Embracing the healing process of art making is key to our well being.  In this symposium, the non-profit art organization, Art is Moving, will host a series of art conversations, workshops, and artwork about transformation, process, and self care for all people and places. The symposium will create an environment for connection, inspiration, education, and provide ideas and recommendations to aid artists and other organizations working to create their own art and wellness centered practice, project, or artwork.  

In addition to welcoming proposals for art conversations and workshops, we welcome readings of creative writing, poetry, video art, music or theater performances (pre-recorded) in relation to this year’s symposium topic. 

Elements of the Symposium

  • Pre-recorded art conversations
  • Pre-recorded performance, video art, etc. regarding the symposium topic
  • Live Virtual Workshops led by selected applicants, moderated by Art is Moving
  • Live Group Conversation and Connection with those selected for the conversations, workshops, and artworks

Possible categories of conversation, presentation, and expertise:

  • Using Art for Community Development
  • Strategies for Communicating the Benefits of Art
  • Art as a Wellness Practice
  • Art in the Medical Field
  • Art in the Corporate Sector
  • Art as an agency for well being during and after Global Pandemics 

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Call for venues: Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award, Artist Commission 2020




Engage is delighted to announce that applications are now open for venues wishing to host the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award, Artist Commission 2020.

Application deadline: 10am on Thursday 6 June 2019

Galleries, museums and visual arts venues throughout the United Kingdom are invited to submit proposals to host the 2020 Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA), Artist Commission, worth £15,000. The Award in 2020 focuses on mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. The Award funds an artist (or artists) to conceive and deliver a project which engages children and young people. It is hoped the project will have an outcome such as an exhibition, performance, art commission or public sharing. A further £3,750 will be made available to the host organisation to cover their costs.

Applications are invited both from organisations with experience of working with artists on participatory projects or education and learning programmes, and those with little experience and for whom this would be a good opportunity to develop work in this area.  

To apply to host the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award, Artist Commission 2020 please complete the application form in full and submit it by email to by 10am on Thursday 6 June 2019. Please use the subject line ‘ARMA 2020 Host Organisation Application’.



ARMA was established in memory of the artist Alexandra Reinhardt and is supported by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust. Engage has manged the award since 2012.

Artist Lindsey Mendick completed ARMA 2018 at The Turnpike, Leigh; Alison Carlier ARMA 2016 at aspex, Portsmouth; Anne Harild, ARMA 2015 at the Bluecoat, Liverpool; in 2014, Maria Zahle was hosted by New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester and in 2013, Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva was at mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. For further information on ARMA 2013–2018 see:

For further information on ARMA 2013–2018 see:


About Engage

Engage is the lead advocacy and training network for gallery education, with some 870 members across 270 museums, galleries and visual arts organisations. Members include national, local authority and independent museums and galleries, and freelance education professionals throughout the UK. Engage has well-developed programmes in England, Scotland and Wales, and focuses on four areas of work: research and activities, continuing professional development, sharing practice, and advocacy. Engage as an Arts Council England Sector Support Organisation NPO, receives project funding from the Arts Council of Wales and is an Annual Client of Creative Scotland.


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