The Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust
Max Reinhardt was one of the foremost British publishers of the second half of the 20th century. As owner of the Bodley Head, a publishing house which he rescued and revitalised over a period of 30 years, he published the work of authors such as George Bernard Shaw, Graham Greene, Charles Chaplin, William Trevor, Maurice Sendak, Muriel Spark, Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Alistair Cooke, and he was also responsible for the expansion of one of the outstanding children's books lists in modern publishing.
He set up the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust in 1972 to fund research into the causes of Diamond Blackfan Anaemia (DBA) and to support institutions in aid of the deaf.
It has funded programmes to detect deafness in newborn babies in conjunction with the Hearing research Trust (now called Deafness Research UK), and it contributed to the building programme at the Speech, Language and Hearing Centre in Christopher Place, London.
In 2005, the Trust launched the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award to promote the use of art for therapeutic benefit and artist development. The first five Awards were run in NHS hospitals around the country in conjunction with the charity Paintings in Hospitals.
It is now pleased to be working with The Art Room, an Oxford based charity that offers art as therapy to young people aged 5 -15 to raise their self-esteem, self confidence and independence. From 2010 the ARMA will be run with The Art Room enabling its children and young people to benefit from working with a professional artist in the creation of a public work of art.
potographed by Caroline Forbes