Arts&Heritage Announces Commissioned Artists for Latest Meeting Point Programme

Contemporary arts agency Arts&Heritage (www.artsandheritage.org.uk) is pleased to announce the artists that will take part in its Meeting Point programme in 2019/20.

Artists Mel Brimfield (working with composer Gwyneth Herbert), Sophie Dixon, Tod Hanson, Ed Kluz, Lindsey Mendick, Susan Stockwell and Dominic Watson will partner with six museums across the North of England to create a new piece of work in response to the museums and their collections. 

Now in its third year, Meeting Point has gained a reputation for its innovative approach to forging relationships between artists and museums and heritage spaces. The programme offers an opportunity for artists to work with unique collections and gives access to the knowledge of museum curators whilst supporting small and medium scale museums to develop their skills and commission new work.

Meeting Point is funded by Arts Council England through Arts&Heritage’s National Portfolio Organisation funding. The programme aims to bring new visitors to the participating museums, to enable audiences to view collections and history in a different way, and to support the future sustainability of museums and heritage sites.

The artists and museums are:

  • Sophie Dixon working with Grace Darling Museum (Bamburgh, Northumberland)
  • Lindsey Mendick and Dominic Watson working with Washington Old Hall (Washington, Tyne and Wear)
  • Ed Kluz working with Colne Valley Museum (Huddersfield, Yorkshire)
  • Mel Brimfield and Gwyneth Herbert working with Kelham Island Museum (Sheffield, Yorkshire)
  • Tod Hanson working with Port Sunlight (Wirral, Merseyside)
  • Susan Stockwell working with Warrington Museum & Art Gallery (Warrington, Cheshire)

Steph Allen, Executive Director at Arts&Heritage, said: “The commissioned artists working with our Meeting Point museums in 2019 and 2020 put forward ideas that were new, exciting and reflected upon the museums and their collections in engaging and innovative ways.

“The process to shortlist and commission the artists has been rigorous and has included a presentation by the museums to a group of over 65 artists alongside site visits and interviews. It has been a valuable learning experience for the museums, which is a key part of the Meeting Point programme.

“We’re looking forward to working with the artists to develop their ideas and present six brand new artworks at our Meeting Point museums that will showcase their collections and locations in a new light.”

Mel Brimfield said: “Composer Gwyneth Herbert and I are delighted to be working with Kelham Island Museum - we're drawing together Men's Shed Association members from across the UK to work in collaboration with us. It's already shaping up to be an absolute treat to work with such an extraordinary army of makers and enthusiasts!”

Further details of the individual artists’ commissions will be released later in the year.

Since 2016, Meeting Point has worked with 19 museums and 24 curators to create 19 new artworks and over 100 workshops. Arts&Heritage is currently inviting applications for its most recent Meeting Point programme with a deadline of 31 May. For more information and to download an application form, visit www.artsandheritage.org.uk.

 

About the Artists:

Mel Brimfield’s energetic collaborative work operates at the intersection of live art, theatre and moving image. A range of wildly inappropriate absurdist narrative forms are used to articulate the findings of rigorous academic research processes, including elaborately choreographed musical theatre numbers, gymnastic routines, stand-up monologues and queer cabaret turns. She is currently a resident at Somerset House Studios, and a tutor in Contemporary Art Practice at the Royal College of Art.

Gwyneth Herbert (www.gwynethherbert.com) is a composer and lyricist, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. Socially engaged approaches to composing and devising are at the heart of her practice; as part of the writing and production methodology for her current Letters I Haven’t Written album and tour, she worked collaboratively with community groups including survivors of domestic violence and abuse, prisoners and refugees. She is an experienced leader of bespoke songwriting, singing and creative devising workshops, having worked extensively with schools, colleges and community organisations across the UK and on three continents. As a recording/performing artist, she has released seven critically-acclaimed albums (including the first UK Blue Note release in 30 years), and toured extensively with her band across the UK and also in Europe, Canada, the US and Kenya.

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