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.

Working with RAMM and The Creative Case for Diversity

I’m pleased to be working with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery (RAMM) in Exeter on its case for the next four years’ funding as part of Arts Council’s national portfolio.

Excitingly, I’ll have a particular focus on RAMM’s contribution to ‘The Creative Case for Diversity’. Let’s hope we can bring some of those untold stories through…

I tried to think of an image for this update, but the whole thing about diversity is that a singular image won’t do…

30 Museums go Wild Swimming

'DUST' (detail) (2015) Neville Gabie, Joan Gabie, Ian Cook. Part of a project with Flow Contemporary Arts
‘DUST’ (detail) (2015) Neville Gabie, Joan Gabie, Ian Cook. Part of a project with Flow Contemporary Arts. Photo: Drew Lefay

To find out what on earth I am talking about, come to my talk of that title at University of the Arts London on Friday 28 October 2016.

Actually, I’ll be talking about the regional and national scope of the New Expressions programme’s work with museums across England.

Part of a symposium, The Artist in a Collected World, from University of the Arts London.

Just published: Evaluation summary of programme supporting collaboration between artists and museums

'Good Money’ (2015) Poolman and Rowe. A collaboration with Soho House, Birmingham as part of New Expressions 3. The contemporary Handworth visionaries pictured are Mykal Brown, Merrise Crooks-Bishton and Bhai Ji Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia. More on this project and others from New Expressions 3: http://www.newexpressions.org/Events/
‘Good Money’ (2015) Poolman and Rowe. A collaboration with Soho House, Birmingham as part of New Expressions 3. The contemporary Handworth visionaries pictured are Mykal Brown, Merrise Crooks-Bishton and Bhai Ji Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia. More on this project and others from New Expressions 3: http://www.newexpressions.org/Events/ Image courtesy Birmingham Museums Trust and New Expressions

New Expressions has just published the executive summary of my evaluation report on New Expressions 3, the third phase of a programme promoting creative collaboration between contemporary artists and museums.

For the first time, New Expressions 3 was national in its reach and tested some new ways of working, including a mechanism to enable contemporary artists to initiate their own collaborations with heritage partners.

The executive summary can be downloaded from the New Expressions website via this link:

Executive summary

More information about the creative collaborations in New Expressions 3: www.newexpressions.org/Events/

New Expressions is led by Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and delivered with its partners: the network of Arts Council Major Partner Museums, The National Trust and the Contemporary Visual Arts Network.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England and The National Lottery.

Three recent films: Artists and museums working together

I recently project managed a collection of three short films about contemporary artists collaborating with museums and historic houses.

Made by Axisweb for my clients New Expressions and Visual Arts South West, the films feature six artists and museums and introduce their specially commissioned artworks across England.

The three films are part of a set of free-to-use online professional and advocacy resources from New Expressions.

Courtesy of New Expressions www.newexpressions.org

Coming shortly: Opportunities for artists and a film-maker

I’m delighted to be working with Flow Contemporary Arts and Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, Devon, on an exciting new project. We will soon release some opportunities for artists and a film-maker. The call-out is almost ready and I’ll share it here. You can also subscribe to Flow’s newsletter here: http://flowprojects.wordpress.com

Greencliff, near Bideford, Devon
Greencliff, near Bideford, Devon