Six museums and heritage organisations across the Midlands have been selected to take part in Meeting Point, an Arts Council England funded programme that partners museums and artists, resulting in the creation of new artworks, each inspired by an individual venue and its collections.
The programme, led by contemporary arts agency Arts&Heritage, aims to attract new audiences to the venues by placing contemporary artwork in unexpected spaces, and also helps museum staff to gain skills in commissioning and working with artists. The six participating venues are Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent; Cromford Mills in Matlock; Ilam Park in Ashbourne; The Naseby Battlefield Project in Welford; The National Holocaust Centre and Museum in Laxton; and Warwickshire Archives in Warwick.
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.”
The museums will participate in a series of workshops and visits to artists’ studios, before working with Arts&Heritage to commission an artist to work with them on the creation of a new piece of artwork. The artists will be selected by the museum teams from a range of submissions put forward by interested artists and nominators.
This is 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. Arts&Heritage is funded by Arts Council England.