Meeting Point2: Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre

© Jacob Cartwright & Nick Jordan

A new film exploring the former coal mining communities of Barnsley and its surrounding areas. 

  • Facts

    Title Strata: structures, transformation and solidarity
    Historical Sites Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre
    Lead Artists Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan
    Artwork Installation
    Partners / Stakeholders Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre, Arts&Heritage and Arts Council England
    Budget £10,000.00
    Development 9 Months
    Dates 3 February - 3 March
  • Description


    © Jacob Cartwright & Nick Jordan

    The project is part of the Meeting Point2 project led by Arts&Heritage. It supports ten new contemporary art installations at museums across the North East, North West and Yorkshire during 2017. Meeting Point2 is funded by Arts Council England Museum Resilience Fund.

    Using the archive collection of Experience Barnsley as a starting point, Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan made a two-screen film installation, Strata, and related artworks, that explore the rich seams of social, cultural, industrial and natural histories underpinning the region’s former coal-mining landscape and communities.

    In the context of post-industrial capitalism, and the effects of extensive environmental and social change, the film captures the ways in which former collieries have been transformed, framing both the similarities and differences resulting from structural, ideological and cultural change. Strata makes connections between the industrial, communal and ecological genealogy of the region, contextualised with wider, international locations and communities that are linked together through the European Route of Industrial Heritage.

    The film combines original cinematography of landscapes and architectural features with voice-over interviews and archive film, forming an immersive or contemplative picture of collective memory, shared experience and international solidarity, at a time when Britain is afflicted by the politics of division, differentiation and nationalism. Traversing layers of social history and geological ecology, Strata explores the loss and erasure of former coal-mining sites, alongside the environmental transformation and cultural repurposing of these post-industrial locations, where particular flora and fauna species have colonised the landscape.

    Watch a short film about the inspiration behind Strata


    • To use the collection and archive to explore the current social and political climate in Barnsley 
    • To connect to the museum with the council chamber and democracy 
    • To engage the comment in the collection and shaping a shared cultural identity 


    Arts&Heritage is supporting the ten participating museums throughout the process, sharing knowledge of presenting contemporary art projects and commissions in non-traditional art spaces.

    A networking event between the participating museums and 70 artists from across the UK took place at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and visits to artists’ studios were arranged. Museum teams also met with peers at other properties to learn how they successfully delivered contemporary art projects at their museums and heritage sites.

    All museums developed their own Artist’s Brief. Following the networking event artists were invited to send in an expression of interest to museums that interested therm.

    Four artists were shortlisted by each museum to draw up a more detailed proposal and were paid £500 each


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    • £10,000 to include all materials, travel and installation costs
    • £1000 towards learning and outreach
    • £500 paid to each of four artists shortlisted
  • Audience Engagement


    A marketing campaign for the Meeting Point2 project is being led and delivered by Emma Pybus and David Brookbanks.

    The Meeting Point2 project was documented by Jonathan Turner and Peter Spence


    Information to follow

  • Artist Information

    © Nick Jordan and Jacob Cartwright

    Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan are artists based in Manchester. Collaborating since 2004, their work has been shown widely at international exhibitions and film festivals, including recently at Innsbruck International Biennale (Austria); National Maritime Museum (London); Whitstable Biennale (UK); FIDMarseille (France); 100 Years of DADA, ICA, (London); Musée du Quai Branly (Paris); Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow); Edinburgh International Film Festival (UK); Documenta Madrid (Spain); The New York Film Festival (USA); Rencontres Internationales (Berlin); Kassel Dokfest (Germany). Artist residencies and commissions include Headlands Center for the Arts (San Francisco, USA); Book Works (UK); The National Trust (UK); Art Gene (UK); The Manchester Museum (UK).