Keith Harrison speaking at Interventions

Keith Harrison speaking at Interventions

Artist Keith Harrison, Arts and Heritage and the National Trust get New Expressions 3 underway

By Claire Gulliver, New Expressions

30 January 2014

More than 80 artists, producers and heritage professionals gathered at M Shed in Bristol yesterday for the opening event of the national New Expressions 3 programme. Produced by Visual Art South West and New Expressions, Intervention: Artists working in museum and heritage settings featured talks by leading names from the field of collaborative working and launched the New Opportunities Award (NOA) for artists.

Internationally renowned ceramicist Keith Harrison described his process-based, occasionally explosive, live public experiments in locations such as De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill and the Victoria and Albert Museum where he was Ceramics Resident in 2012-13. Keith Harrison will be collaborating with Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery as part of New Expressions 3.

Judith King and Timandra Nicholls from national agency Arts & Heritage shared their experience of projects in non-gallery settings, including the celebrated 2004 Fashion at Belsay programme in Northumbria, which involved commissions by international artists including Stella McCartney and Hamish Morro.

The National Trust’s contemporary arts programme manager, Tom Freshwater, explained the strategic context for Trust New Art, advocating for a business-case driven model of creative collaboration, raising ambition to deepen public engagement with the Trust’s places.

New Expressions 3 (NE3) will bring together 15 museums from across England in partnership with the National Trust and the Contemporary Visual Arts Network.

In addition to the main NE3 programme, the event at M Shed launched the New Opportunities Award (NOA) for up to ten further artist-led museum interventions in the South West, North and Midlands. This new scheme, awarded through open competition, will resource experimental projects between artists and museums. More information about how to bid for NOA funding can be found at www.vasw.org.uk The deadline for applications is 12pm on 17 March 2014.