Arts&Heritage Exhibitions Open This Summer

12th August 2021

Many of the exhibitions, works and projects that Arts&Heritage has produced or supported that were delayed during the Covid-19 pandemic are now on display across the North of England. Now is an ideal time to visit one of the below contemporary art exhibitions created in partnership with museums and heritage sites. Please follow the links to find out more about each of the projects, and click on the images to view them full size.

Meeting Point Projects

Four of Arts&Heritage’s own Meeting Point projects from our 2018/2019 North programme are now open, following Covid-19 delays:

Public tea party for Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent, by artist Nuala Clooney: 21 August 2021

Traditional food moulds from the collection of Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent will take centre stage this summer, as artist Nuala Clooney reimagines traditional pottery designs and techniques at a public tea party. Tickets for the event are free, but must be booked.


Box Room by Tod Hanson at Port Sunlight Village Trust, North West: 18 July – 19 September 2021

This work combines graphics inspired by the world’s first packaged and branded laundry soap with references to the architectural features of the village and the industrial heritage of Lever Brothers famous soap factory.


In Praise Of Makers by Ed Kluz at Colne Valley Museum, West Yorkshire: Open Saturday – Sunday, 3 July – 3 October 2021

With its identity carved out by the craft and politics of working men and women, Colne Valley Museum celebrates this social history in contemporary terms by an artist whose practice and ethos relates and responds so perfectly with the museum today.


Wassa by Lindsey Mendick and Dominic Watson at Washington Old Hall, North East: Open Friday – Monday, 22 May – 31 October 2021

Made mainly of papier-mâché and ceramics, this work takes the form of a fantasy medieval feast attended by guests plucked from local folklore, fiction and fact.



National Trust: Trust New Art in the North

Arts&Heritage has been supporting National Trust to deliver parts of their ACE-funded Trust New Art programme of contemporary artworks in the North of England over the Spring and Summer:

These Passing Things by Steve Messam at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, North Yorkshire: Now until end of October

Studley Royal, with its follies and sculptures, has been host to contemporary artworks for centuries. These Passing Things is fantastical and bold, uncovering the story of the water garden and revealing a new visual perspective to this extraordinary World Heritage site landscape.

Limelight by Heinrich and Palmer at Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island, Northumberland: Now until 31 October

Limelight takes an imaginative journey through the Castle using a combination of lighting, video projection and sound. It’s been inspired by the island’s dramatic Northumberland Coast setting, and the sea and shifting light adds to the castle experience.


Birds, Beasties and Bewick by Phoebe Connolly at Cherryburn, Northumberland: Now until 25 September

Capturing the spirit of Cherryburn and Tyneside through observations and encounters in the landscape, this installation of finely detailed engraved glass hopes to inspire you to reconnect with nature by looking closely at the wildlife that resides at this quiet and understated North East property.

Desire Lines by Rebecca Beinart at Crow Park, Lake District

Desire Lines explores the connections humans have with the natural world, and how a relationship with a local green space can open up global questions – including conservation, climate change, ecology and access. The Desire Lines podcasts, a series of audio collages based on Crow Park in Keswick, can be found here.


Other Projects Supported by Arts&Heritage

LIGHT by Chris Levine at Durham Cathedral, North East: Open daily until September 2021

Set foot in the Galilee Chapel to experience LIGHT, an immersive art installation by artists Chris Levine. Bathe in coloured light and the sound of choral music as you follow in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims.

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