Through its varied research outputs – the commissioned artworks, research conference, this website and the project exhibition - this project will have impact on three communities of interest: heritage site visitors; arts and heritage practitioners and visual arts and heritage organisations, including UK funders and policy makers.

The research commissions will give visitors an opportunity to experience and engage with four unique contemporary artworks made in direct response to Cherryburn, Gibside and Holy Trinity Church. Through these encounters audiences will be presented with new and alternative ways to access the stories and histories of these properties, which go beyond standard approaches to heritage interpretation.

A major project conference (in 2019) will bring together a wide constituency of artists, curators, heritage managers, education and interpretation specialists to exchange their knowledge and experience of the contemporary arts in heritage field.

Working with major UK project partners from across the arts and heritage sectors our research will feed directly into the development of contemporary art in heritage practice, bringing new understandings of the commissioning process and the impact of site-specific artworks on the heritage visitor experience.

Findings from the research will be widely disseminated within the arts and heritage sectors and academia through conference presentations and publication. We will also seek active routes for sharing and discussing our findings with other arts and heritage organisations not directly involved as partners in the project.