15th August 2017
Arts Council England has awarded Northumberland-based Arts&Heritage £940,000 over the period of 2018-22, enabling the organisation to continue its work with museums, heritage organisations and contemporary artists.
Arts&Heritage specialises in working with the museum and heritage sector to commission artists from all disciplines to create new contemporary work revealing new narratives about historic sites and their collections.
Director Timandra Nichols said:
“We’re absolutely delighted that Arts Council England will be supporting our work until 2022. Over the years we’ve worked with a huge range of museums and heritage venues, big and small, working together to commission outstanding art – from a crystal horse made by designer Stella McCartney which appeared at Belsay Hall, to the ‘Gallery of Wonder’ which toured around the region, allowing people to enjoy a spectacle of extraordinary visual magic in agricultural shows and village fairs.”
The funding has been awarded under the Arts Council England’s Sector Support Organisations (SSO) programme, a category within its National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) funding which awards funding to organisations which play a vital role in supporting the cultural sector.
Organisations which are awarded SSO funding offer access to expertise and innovation for the cultural sector, driving progress and change.
“We are extremely pleased that Arts Council England has invested in the work that we do and we are looking forward to rolling out our Meeting Point programme nationally.
Our commitment to developing new commissioning opportunities for artists within unusual contexts and places remains paramount, as does working with the museum sector whose enthusiasm for their collections and stories is evident and inspiring”
Arts&Heritage is currently working with 10 artists and venues in the North East, North West and Yorkshire to commission new artworks in response to the museums and their collections.
The first of the 10 commissions, Luminary, by textile artist Serena Partridge, will go on show at Gawthorpe Textiles Collection in Lancashire from 2 August 2017.