Launching Blue Sky Museums

5th May 2020

Calling artists working in all disciplines

Image of example artwork submitted by Grennan and Sperandio for their Meeting Point commission with Kirkleatham Museum © Grennan and Sperandio

During the Covid-19 period, Arts&Heritage is initiating an ambitious new project, investing in the sheer audaciousness that artists often bring to contemporary projects – their imagination.

We are releasing the details of six museums that we have previously worked with – ranging from the intimate Shandy Hall, popular with many contemporary artists, writers, musicians and other unconventional thinkers, to the wild, poetic moors surrounding the Brontë Parsonage museum, and the museum itself.

We want to receive ideas that are truly Blue Sky thinking. Blue Sky Museums is not for those seeking a project that will actually happen – but think, if you could make anything in response to this museum, what would it be? We are looking for maximum creativity and want to receive your imagined commission in visual, audio, film – or any other form we can display on our website.

We will select 25 bold, imaginative, Blue Sky thinking ideas. We would like to stress that the responses we are inviting from you will not result in a full-scale commission – this is an opportunity for artists to engage in untethered idea development without the restrictions of practical delivery or limitation of a budget. Don’t think about how it could be made or the cost of it – just send us good visuals, film edits, sound files – anything that gives a clear, lively description of your idea. Remember if you are successful it will appear on our website and so bear this in mind – the response you send us is, in itself, the artwork, so please do stretch your imagination and ambition to its fullest.

Each artistic response we select to show online will receive £500. We want to demonstrate that artists generate extraordinary ways to experience and look at the past and place a new lens on heritage narratives. Be bold, creative and courageous in your artistic thinking.

The full Blue Sky Museums application pack with all the details can be found here: BlueSkyMuseums_ApplicationInformation

The six museums taking part in Blue Sky Museums, their deadlines and the link to their briefs can be found below:

Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum: BlueSkyBrief_Chantry Bagpipe
Deadline: 5pm, Friday 29 May

Shandy Hall: BlueSkyBrief_Shandy Hall
Deadline: 5pm, Friday 12 June

Workhouse Museum, Ripon: BlueSkyBrief_RiponWorkhouse
Deadline: 5pm, Friday 26 June

Lion Salt Works: BlueSkyBrief_Lion Salt Works
Deadline: 5pm, Friday 10 July

Kelham Island Museum: BlueSkyBrief_Kelham Island
Deadline: 5pm, Friday 24 July

Brontë Parsonage Museum: BlueSkyBrief_Bronte Parsonage
Deadline: 5pm, Friday 7 August

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