10 artists have been selected to work in partnership with museums in the North of England, each creating a new piece of work in response to the museum and its collections.

The artists, who have been commissioned through the Meeting Point2 project, will work with venues ranging from a restored historic open-pan salt making site to an excavated monastic site dating back to the 12th century.

The 10 artists and museums are:


Artist                                                  Museum

Matt Stokes                                        Hexham Old Gaol, Northumberland

Owl Project                                         Prescot Museum, Knowsley

Brass Art                                            Chetham’s Library, Manchester

David Appleyard                                 Norton Priory, Cheshire

Serena Partridge                                 Gawthorpe Textiles Collection, Lancashire

Magnus Quaife                                    Portland Basin Museum, Ashton-under-Lyne

Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan      Experience Barnsley Museum & Discovery Centre

Lynn Setterington                                Brontë Parsonage Museum, West Yorkshire

Stephen Dixon and Alison Welsh        Preston Park Museum, Stockton on Tees

Martin Hylton                                      Lion Salt Works, Cheshire


Timandra Nichols, Director at Arts&Heritage, which initiated and is leading the project, said: “The artists each submitted proposals detailing how they would respond to the museums – the site and their collections. The venues we’re working with are varied and the artists responded with ideas which were thoughtful, exciting, and really took inspiration from some of the amazing museum buildings and collections.

 “The resulting works, when they are revealed later in the year, will not only be astounding pieces in their own right, but will also prompt audiences to think about the museums where the works are sited in a very different way.”

The Meeting Point2 project, which is funded through the Arts Council England’s Resilience Fund, aims to equip museums with the knowledge and skills to commission work from artists again in the future, as well as presenting new works in unexpected places.

The selected artists are known for work ranging from fusions of sculpture and sound art, to textile works and film.

Sheffield-based artist David Appleyard, who will be working in partnership with Norton Priory Museum, said: There is something very special about Norton Priory Museum. My research visits left me literally spellbound so I’m absolutely delighted to be involved in their MeetingPoint2 project. The project offers a rare opportunity to work with a very dedicated team in a place steeped in 900 years of history.”

Brass Art, who will be working with Chetham’s Library in Manchester, said: “We are delighted to have been selected to work with Chetham’s Library. The enthusiasm of the staff there is infectious; we’re looking forward to working with them closely to bring our collaborative practice and aspects of their fascinating collection together.”

Martin Hylton, who will work with Lion Salt Works in Cheshire, said: “I am excited to have been selected to create a newly commissioned piece in response to the Lion Salt Works. I am looking forward to working with the team, and local young dancers to realise this very exciting project.”

The 10 selected artists will create their commissions during 2017.

The programme builds on a successful pilot which took place in 2016 and saw artists working with museums across the North East and Yorkshire.


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Artist biographies:

Owl Project

Owl Project is a collaborative group of artists consisting of Simon Blackmore, Antony Hall and Steve Symons. They work with wood and electronics to fuse sculpture and sound art, creating music making machines, interfaces and objects which intermix pre-steam and digital technologies. Drawing on influences such as 70’s synthesiser culture, DIY woodworking and current digital crafts, the resulting artwork is a quirky and intriguing critique of the allure and production of technology. Owl Project make a distinctive range of musical and sculptural instruments that question human interaction with computer interfaces and our increasing appetite for new and often disposable technologies.


Brass Art                  

Brass Art are Chara Lewis, Kristin Mojsiewicz and Anneke Pettican. They have worked together since 1998 and have exhibited widely throughout Europe, the USA and Australia. Brass Art explore the potential of combining old and new media through strategies of proto-cinematic optical illusion and cutting edge digital technologies.


David Appleyard      

Since establishing his studio in 2007, David Appleyard has developed an eclectic portfolio of creative projects which provide interest, intrigue and delight. David Appleyard is an artist with a background in three-dimensional design. His creative practice is motivated by the aim to contribute to the quality of our shared environment. His work is driven by a firm belief that creativity within the public realm has the ability to enhance our day to day quality of life, encourage debate and generally raise a smile.


Serena Partridge

Serena Partridge creates small-scale accessories and garments inspired by historical costume and storytelling. Her works are presented as museum acquisitions, encased with labels that blur boundaries between fact and fiction. Serena uses a wide range of materials and techniques, but primarily antique leather and silk, which she embroiders and fashions with meticulous hand stitching. Serena has exhibited nationally and internationally. 


Magnus Quaife        

Based in Ashton-under-Lyne, the artist’s practice considers the recirculation and re-imagination of images and forms in the art world and beyond. The emergence of myths as collective cultural and political memory are often the focus for his work. From media images of uprisings in 1968 to the mountains in Cezanne’s paintings and Spielberg films – all these diverse subjects are connected by a sense that nothing is quite what it seems.


Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan                  

Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan are visual artists and film-makers based in Manchester. They have been collaborating since 2003. Their work has been exhibited internationally, including at ICA, London, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Academia de Cine, Madrid, Haus der Kulturen, Berlin and Musée du quai Branly, Paris. Their practice is cross-disciplinary, encompassing video, drawing, painting, photography, found objects, publications and events, and often explores the relationship between the natural world and cultural history.

Lynn Setterington                          

Lynn Setterington is an internationally recognised artist working in the textiles arena, her hand stitched quilts and cloths are held in many major public museums, from the V&A, Crafts Council and Whitworth Art Gallery. A celebration of the ordinary and overlooked are key themes in Setterington’s work.


Stephen Dixon and Alison Welsh            

Stephen Dixon is a British ceramic artist and professor at the Manchester School of Art. His work features in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Arts & Design, New York, the British Council, the Crafts Council, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Museum of Scotland, and the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. Dixon studied Fine Art at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and Ceramics at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1986. Alison Welsh is Head of the Department of Apparel and Associate Dean at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has been a practising designer since graduating from Newcastle Polytechnic in 1981. Since 2006 Welsh has been researching the cut and construction methods of traditional Indian costume. She is currently working on developing organic garments and textiles in India, tackling issues of sustainability and working with natural organic cotton. 


Matt Stokes             

Matt Stokes’s practice stems from a long-term inquiry into subcultures, particularly musical ones. He is interested in the way music provides a sense of collectivity, acting as a catalyst for particular groups to form, shaping and influencing people’s lives and identities. His works are often context-specific; he immerses himself in a setting and area of interest, through which collaborations with informal communities arise. After a process of collecting stories, information and materials related to their histories and values, Stokes produces artworks that depart from his research and take on a conceptual and aesthetic life of their own through films, installations and events.


Martin Hylton

Martin lives in Gateshead and is Artistic Director of the Gateway Studio and a choreographer and lecturer. Known for his ambitious and creative response to dance, he has worked on new ways of interpreting boxing through dance for The Great Boxing Booth Revival and his innovative role as Artistic Director and choreographer for Gateway Studio Project.