Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience Conference 29 & 30 July 2019

This two day conference at Newcastle University provides a platform to discuss the broader character of contemporary art in heritage and the impact of such projects on their producers and audiences, sharing knowledge across the arts and heritage sector for those engaged in or wishing to develop this area of practice.

Call for Papers 

The conference is focused on the key themes of Creation and Encounters, and we invite papers, presentations and ‘visual or audio formats’ (such as posters and short films) from artists, curators, heritage professionals, academics, researchers and research students. All presentation formats to be a MAXIMUM of 20 minutes in length. We particularly invite submissions which explore the following themes and topics:

Creation theme - The challenges, motivations and experiences of creating contemporary art works for a heritage context. Reflections on the impact of such projects on artistic and curatorial practice. Key questions we are exploring are: How do artists engage with heritage contexts and narratives within the creation of commissioned artworks? What are the conceptual and practical challenges of creating site-specific works for a heritage property context? Do such commissions generate new creative approaches and artistic strategies that might impact on artists' future practice?

Encounters theme - Encountering contemporary art in heritage: impact on visitors, host organisation, staff and volunteers. How, and to what extent, does contemporary art add to the audience experience of heritage and what potential benefit does it bring for the host organisation, the property staff and volunteers? How does the encounter with artwork in a heritage context impact on audience and staff appreciation of and interest in contemporary art more broadly? What are the criteria for evaluating the contemporary art and heritage experience from a producer and audience perspective? What are the key issues or barriers for commissioners, artists and audiences engaged in or wishing to develop this area of practice?     

Abstracts of up to 300 words in length should be sent to Abstract submission closes 31 January 2019. Please include the following details:

  • Your title, full name and affiliation (if applicable).
  • Your email address.
  • Working title of abstract.
  • Presentation type (oral presentation, poster, film or audio formats).
  • Abstract (up to 300 words total).

Download a PDF of the Call for Papers below.

The conference programme will be confirmed in March 2019.

Registration opens on 1 April 2019. 


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Call for Papers