- Lady Kitt
- Heritage & Culture Warwickshire
- Arts Council England
In 2021 Warwickshire County Record Office commissioned artist Lady Kitt to produce an artwork in response to their site as part of the Meeting Point programme.
Lady Kitt said:
“I’ve been absolutely blown away by the thoughtfulness and generosity with which Warwickshire County Record Office staff approach the stories in their care. I’m dead excited to spend the next year learning more about their approaches and working alongside communities of local people to explore and celebrate the rich, fascinating, and unusual stuff we find in the archive.”
Warwickshire County Record Office is participating in the fourth Meeting Point programme, building on the success of previous and current programmes, which have seen 25 museums working with more than 50 museum professionals to create 25 new artworks and over 100 workshops.
Carolyn Ewing, Archivist at Heritage & Culture Warwickshire (HCW), said:
“The team at Heritage & Culture Warwickshire are delighted to have been selected for Meeting Point. We are really excited by the prospect of working with a contemporary artist to help us deliver a fresh and innovative approach to exploring the many narratives, however challenging, to be found within our superb collections and site of our County Record Office. The project will underpin one of our key objectives to widen and enhance our appeal to new and existing audiences. Importantly, by enhancing our skills base within Heritage & Culture Warwickshire, it will provide a solid foundation for developing our community engagement work in future.”
Warwickshire County Record Office is part of Heritage and Culture Warwickshire (HCW), which provides a range of services that support local communities, schools and visitors to connect and engage with their local heritage. Its aim is to collect, preserve and make available the historic records of Warwickshire and its people to everyone.
Alongside the Record Office, HCW has 2 Museum sites (Market Hall Museum and St John’s Museum; Market Hall being the flagship in the centre of Warwick) and a small staff team that specialise in Arts Development, Archives, Collections, Learning and Engagement, and Volunteering. Heritage and Culture Warwickshire is part of Warwickshire County Council.
Warwickshire County Record Office (WCRO), situated in Priory Park, is a purpose built premises providing safe and controlled accommodation for over 3 miles of archives. The record office was extended in 2003 and now provides services and facilities for up to 80 visitors per day. WCRO’s archive collections date back to the 12th century and contain information about all aspects of life and work in Warwickshire.
Although a modern building, the site contains a scheduled monument being the remains of a 12th century priory and traces of a former mansion house. The service commenced in the 1930s as a place to preserve the records of the County Council and the quarter sessions but has continually evolved since then to collect a far wider range of the County’s historic records.
Lady Kitt is a paper sculptor, researcher and drag king, based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Kitt describes their work as “Mess Making as Social Glue, driven by insatiable curiosity to explore, share and (gently) incite the social functions of stuff that gets called art.”
Kitt is a trustee of Crafts Council, founding member of disabled artist-led consortium Disconsortia & North East co-lead of Social Art Network UK.
Kitt has recently shown work at Atlanta Contemporary (USA), Saatchi Gallery London (UK) and is currently Maker in Residence at Durham University. In 2020-21 Kitt is one of nine “Constellations” artists with UP Projects and Flat Time House.
Sophie Dixon at Grace Darling Museum
Grace Darling Museum commissioned Sophie Dixon in Spring 2019 as part of the Meeting Point programme.