Arts&Heritage runs a range of projects and programmes which support museums and heritage curators to collaborate with contemporary artists.

Addressing the fundamental question of why museums and the contemporary arts should work together

Meeting Point is an Arts Council England funded national programme which presents artworks in unexpected places.  It is designed to support small and medium scale museums to develop their skills and commission artists, who will create a piece of work in response to their venue or collection.  The programme addresses the fundamental question of why museums and the contemporary arts should work together.  Meeting Point brings new opportunities for artists and new experiences for visitors to participating museums, positioning heritage sites as exciting places to see contemporary art.

Judith King, Artistic Director, says:

“The potential benefits of placing new and exciting artworks in museum and heritage venues are huge, not only for the artists and the venues but for the museum visitors, who will encounter a new way of experiencing history.”

Two rounds of Meeting Point have already taken place and we are currently delivering our third round of the programme with museums and heritage sites in the North of England. The next two rounds of the programme will be in the Midlands and the South of England.

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Meeting Point 2017

List of participants and artists

  • Brontë Parsonage Museum, Howarth – Lynn Setterington
  • Chetham’s Library, Manchester – Brass Art
  • Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre, Barnsley – Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan
  • Gawthorpe Textiles Collection, – Serena Partridge
  • Hexham Old Gaol – Matt Stokes in collaboration with Richard Dawson
  • Lion Salt Works, Cheshire – Martin Hylton
  • Norton Priory Museum and Garden – David Appleyard
  • Portland Basin Museum, Ashton-under-Lyne – Magnus Quaife
  • Prescot Museum, Knowsley – Owl Project
  • Preston Park Museum – Stephen Dixon and Alison Welsh

Meeting Point 2016

List of participants and artists

  • Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum, Northumberland – Ziad Jabero working with the Bagdhaddies
  • Dales Countryside Museum, Yorkshire – David Murphy
  • Durham Castle – Jo Coupe
  • Head Of Steam, Darlington – Cath Campbell
  • Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar – Grennan and Sperandio
  • Pannett Art Gallery, Whitby – Pippa Hale
  • The Workhouse Museum, Ripon – Catherine Bertola
  • Shandy Hall, Yorkshire – Anne Vibeke Mou
  • Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds – Irene Brown

Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience

Arts&Heritage are a core partner in this three-year interdisciplinary research project (2017-19) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).  

‘Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience’ is an interdisciplinary research project that critically examines the role and practice of temporary visual art commissioning within heritage properties in Britain today, mapping the current landscape and exploring the impact of this activity on its producers and audiences. It approaches this subject from multiple perspectives, bringing together the knowledge and experience of scholars, artists, heritage professionals, volunteers and visitors.

This is a three-year research project (2017-19) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The project is delivered in collaboration with UK heritage partners The National Trust, The Churches Conservation Trust and English Heritage.

Public outputs from this research project included the production of five new commissioned artworks at heritage property sites in North East England throughout 2018, a major international conference on contemporary art in heritage practice and an exhibition at The Hatton Gallery in Newcastle in 2019.

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