10 artists have been selected to work in partnership with museums in the North of England, each creating a new piece of work in response to the museum and its collections.
The artists, who have been commissioned through the Meeting Point2 project, will work with venues ranging from a restored historic open-pan salt making site to an excavated monastic site dating back to the 12th century.
The 10 artists and museums are:
Matt Stokes Hexham Old Gaol, Northumberland
Owl Project Prescot Museum, Knowsley
Brass Art Chetham’s Library, Manchester
David Appleyard Norton Priory, Cheshire
Serena Partridge Gawthorpe Textiles Collection, Lancashire
Magnus Quaife Portland Basin Museum, Ashton-under-Lyne
Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan Experience Barnsley Museum & Discovery Centre
Lynn Setterington Brontë Parsonage Museum, West Yorkshire
Stephen Dixon and Alison Welsh Preston Park Museum, Stockton on Tees
Martin Hylton Lion Salt Works, Cheshire
Timandra Nichols, Director at Arts&Heritage, which initiated and is leading the project, said: “The artists each submitted proposals detailing how they would respond to the museums – the site and their collections. The venues we’re working with are varied and the artists responded with ideas which were thoughtful, exciting, and really took inspiration from some of the amazing museum buildings and collections.
“The resulting works, when they are revealed later in the year, will not only be astounding pieces in their own right, but will also prompt audiences to think about the museums where the works are sited in a very different way.”
The Meeting Point2 project, which is funded through the Arts Council England’s Resilience Fund, aims to equip museums with the knowledge and skills to commission work from artists again in the future, as well as presenting new works in unexpected places.
The selected artists are known for work ranging from fusions of sculpture and sound art, to textile works and film.
Sheffield-based artist David Appleyard, who will be working in partnership with Norton Priory Museum, said: “There is something very special about Norton Priory Museum. My research visits left me literally spellbound so I’m absolutely delighted to be involved in their MeetingPoint2 project. The project offers a rare opportunity to work with a very dedicated team in a place steeped in 900 years of history.”
Brass Art, who will be working with Chetham’s Library in Manchester, said: “We are delighted to have been selected to work with Chetham’s Library. The enthusiasm of the staff there is infectious; we’re looking forward to working with them closely to bring our collaborative practice and aspects of their fascinating collection together.”
Martin Hylton, who will work with Lion Salt Works in Cheshire, said: “I am excited to have been selected to create a newly commissioned piece in response to the Lion Salt Works. I am looking forward to working with the team, and local young dancers to realise this very exciting project.”
The 10 selected artists will create their commissions during 2017.
The programme builds on a successful pilot which took place in 2016 and saw artists working with museums across the North East and Yorkshire.
More details are available at www.artsandheritage.org.uk.