This Liberty production photograph, singer Trev Gibb and artist Matt Stokes.  /  Photographer: Kit Haigh


Contemporary Art
Within Historical Settings

Arts&Heritage is the main point of contact for heritage organisations seeking advice and practical information on how to place contemporary art within historical settings.

Directors Judith King and Timandra Nichols have extensive experience of talking to heritage organisations about sites and their historical context. They work with organisations to bring alive narratives, architecture and history, demonstrating how the contemporary arts can bring a new perspective to heritage settings.


Launches Meeting Point 2

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 museums and their collections.

The Meeting Point2 commissions will take place between August 2017 – March 2018:
2 August – 5 November 2017, Luminary by Serena Partridge at Gawthorpe Textiles Collection, Lancashire

22 August – 8 December 2017, This Liberty by Matt Stokes in collaboration with Richard Dawson at Hexham Old Gaol, Northumberland

23 August – 29 August 2017, Time in the Ice House by David Appleyard at Norton Priory Museum and Gardens, Cheshire

30 September – 13 October 2017, Sew Near – Sew Far by Lynn Setterington at Brontë Parsonage Museum, West Yorkshire

3 October – 12 November 2017, Refuge: Ropner’s Ghost Ship by Stephen Dixon and Alison Welsh at Preston Park Museum, Stockton on Tees

16 October – 8 December, Gestured by Brass Art at Chetham’s Library, Manchester

19 October 2017, Thomas Bell Ale by Magnus Quaife at Portland Basin Museum, Ashton-under-Lyne

1 December 2017 – March 2018, Salt by Martin Hylton at Lion Salt Works, Cheshire

2 December 2017– 28 February 2018, The Sound of Time by Owl Project at Prescot Museum, Knowsley

3 February – 3 March 2018, Strata: structures, transformation and solidarity by Jacob Cartwright & Nick Jordan at Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre

For more information on museum opening times please visit the each museum’s website.

The programme builds on a successful pilot, which took place in 2016 and saw artists working with museums across the North East and Yorkshire. Funded by Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund.