Case studies

A set of six case studies exploring a range of different ways in which artists and heritage partners have worked together creatively during New Expressions 3. Each case study focuses on a different aspect of collaborative working and identifies key successes and learning points, drawing on interviews with project leads, artists and members of the audience.

  • Delivering socially-engaged collaboration in a small town

    Delivering socially-engaged collaboration in a small town

    The Working End - Nancy J Clemance, artist, and Bridport Museum

    New Opportunities Award beneficiary Nancy J Clemance used face-to-face interactions with Bridport’s residents, using the universal act of tying a knot to unlock new perspectives on the town’s net- and rope-making history. Here both artist and museum curator reflect on adjusting to changes of plan, working with the community and the distinction between gallery learning and socially-engaged arts practice.

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  • Unlocking the story of a mill-working community

    Unlocking the story of a mill-working community

    Memoria: Memories of Light - Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills and David Bridges

    New Opportunities Award artist David Bridges worked with Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills to explore the history of a former woollen mill. This case study takes a 'behind-the-scenes' look at the different working cultures and interpersonal relationships at the centre of the collaboration. It considers project management and production roles, and navigating procurement and communications. It explores negotiating interpretation, visitor experience and safety, and considers the value of whole-organisation working.

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  • Commissioning contemporary art in historic buildings

    Commissioning contemporary art in historic buildings

    Upton House and Gardens (National Trust) and Yelena Popova, artist

    Upton House and Gardens collaborated with artist Yelena Popova as part of an ambition to embed contemporary art in the property's storytelling. Along the way, artist and property met many of the challenges most frequently encountered by museums and artists working together. This case study explores the dynamics of the relationships between artist, museum, volunteers and visitors and offers an insight into how and why the curators and artist worked through the issues.

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  • Intervening in the fabric of a historic building

    Intervening in the fabric of a historic building

    BlindSpot - The Workhouse, Southwell (National Trust) and Tim Shore

    New Opportunities Award artist Tim Shore and National Trust property The Workhouse at Southwell had a very short window of time in which to realise BlindSpot, a moving image work. The challenges of creating a work in a fragile historic environment were balanced with opportunities for staff to see an evocative building in new ways.

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  • Connecting collections and places across a rural area

    Connecting collections and places across a rural area

    New work by Uta Kögelsberger - Cumbria Museum Consortium and Uta Kögelsberger, artist

    Cumbria Museum Consortium's collaboration with artist Uta Kögelsberger linked three diverse sites in rural Cumbria. A staged selection process ensured that shortlisted artists understood the complexity of the commission. Even so, the scale and ambition of the project presented challenges for both museum partners and artist as they realised the high quality artworks.

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