Curator Resource: Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience, Final Report

The project

‘Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience’ (MCAHE) was an interdisciplinary research project led by staff at Newcastle University in collaboration with the University of Leeds, and partners: Arts&Heritage, The National Trust, The Churches Conservation Trust, English Heritage, Contemporary Visual Arts Network, and Arts Council England.

The project had three main objectives:

  1. To map the trajectory of contemporary visual art in heritage sites in the UK
  2. To understand how artists engage with the heritage context in the creation of contemporary art for heritage properties
  3. To analyse how contemporary artworks commissioned for these contexts are received and consumed by heritage property visitors.

You can read more on the project, and view case studies on the A&H Resource Hub here.

The final project report from December 2020, reflects on the outcomes and findings of MCAHE:

The project was the first of its type, bringing serious critical examination to the role and practice of commissioning new temporary artworks in heritage properties. We explored the effects of this on audiences, properties and artists. – Professor Andrew Burton, Fine Art Department Newcastle University (extract from publication Forward)

Download a pdf of the report here, or contact A&H to request a free copy.

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