8 years, 31 museums, 47 artists and over a million audience

'Ghostwriter' digital installation by Blast Theory at RAMM, Exeter. Commissioned as part of New Expressions 2. Photo courtesy New Expressions and RAMM.
‘Ghostwriter’ digital installation by Blast Theory at RAMM, Exeter. Commissioned as part of New Expressions 2. Photo courtesy New Expressions and RAMM.

For almost a decade New Expressions has enabled artists and museums to make creatively challenging work together. As one of the people who kick-started the whole thing in 2008, and stuck with it as it developed, under others’ leadership, into a national programme, it was pleasing recently to produce a publication capturing the eight year trajectory.

Published by New Expressions and researched, written (with contributions from others) and produced by myself, this advocacy document tells the story of how, from Cornwall to Cumbria, 31 museums and 47 artists came to make fresh cultural encounters for more than a million people.

The latest publication joins my programme evaluation and a collection of professional resources and case studies for museum-artist collaboration that I produced early last year (again, with some contributions from others).

‘Unlocking the Creative Potential of Collections 2008-2016’ is downloadable from the New Expressions website.

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