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Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience

'Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience’ (2017-20) was an interdisciplinary research project that critically examined the role and practice of temporary visual art commissioning within heritage properties in Britain, mapping the current landscape and exploring the impact of this activity on its producers and audiences. It approached this subject from multiple perspectives, bringing together the knowledge and experience of scholars, artists, heritage professionals, volunteers and visitors.

This three-year research project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The project was delivered in collaboration with UK heritage partners The National Trust, The Churches Conservation Trust, English Heritage and the sector support agency for contemporary art in heritage development, Arts&Heritage.

Public outputs from this research project include the production of six new commissioned artworks at heritage property sites in North East England in 2018-19, a major international conference on contemporary art in heritage practice and an exhibition at The Hatton Gallery in Newcastle in 2019. Key findings from the project are written up in our December 2020 'Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience: Industry Stakeholders Report.


Gogmagog CD

CD of Matt Stoke's Gogmagog now available.

Presentation at AHI national conference

Presentation at AHI national conference

A new commission for Cherryburn

Announcing a new commission for National Trust Cherryburn.

Coming this summer - new MCAHE exhibition 'Out of Place'

News of our forthcoming exhibition at the Hatton Gallery.

MCAHE Conference registration now open!

MCAHE Conference registration is now open!

Announcing our Conference Keynote Speakers

With the MCAHE conference set to take place on the 29 & 30 July 2019, we are very pleased to announce our three distinguished keynote speakers.

MCAHE Conference – 29 & 30 July 2019

MCAHE Conference at Newcastle University 29 & 30 July 2019 – Hold the Dates!

Last in our set of 2018 MCAHE commissions launched at Belsay Hall

Last in our set of MCAHE commissions launched at Belsay Hall.

Focusing in on Contemporary Art in Heritage

The end of May and early June saw the start of MCAHE’s focus group meetings and visits to the heritage sites.

Walking, Looking and Telling Tales launched at Cherryburn

Despite some summer rain, we had an enthusiastic turn out for the opening of Mark Fairnington’s new installation at Cherryburn.

Gogmagog 'Soup Supper'

Artist Matt Stokes hosts his first 'Soup Supper' at Holy Trinity Church.

Artists, curators and organisations - Tell us about your projects!

This week we’ve launched a new online questionnaire calling for your contributions to our national mapping of the contemporary art in heritage field.

Gogmagog – The Voices of the Bells

Artist Matt Stokes talks about the research process and inspiration for his commission at Holy Trinity Church.

Undisciplined Women

Artist Fiona Curran talks about her approach to the story of Mary Eleanor Bowes.

MCAHE Research project launch event

MCAHE Research project launch event


walkinglookingandtellingtales is the title of Mark Fairnington’s blog recording the progess of his commission for Cherryburn.

Project presented at AHRC Heritage Conference

Presentation to AHRC Heritage Conference

Commission artists announced

Three artists have now been selected to create new artworks for our research sites.