This activity builds on a previous UK audit of contemporary art projects in the heritage and museum sector, undertaken by Arts & Heritage in 2013. Our research will update and digitise this material to generate a new map of the field, describing the artistic content and distribution of the projects created, and the network of sites, artists, curators and organisations involved in their production. This activity is delivered through the project’s ‘Exchange’ strand and will feed into a number of our key research outputs, including the 2019 conference and a series of journal articles.
One objective of this research strand is to build an interactive Google Map of contemporary art in heritage sites, focusing on temporary, site-specific artworks that fit within the broad category of visual arts practice. In February 2018 we launched an Open Call to the UK arts sector asking for contributions to our mapping of the field. 56 artists, curators and arts organisations responded with new information about 86 contemporary art in heritage projects. Locations ranged from historic houses, gardens and parklands, to industrial heritage sites, churches, defensive structures and rural heritage buildings. MCAHE is now working with this information and our broader research database of historic contemporary art in heritage projects to draw up a current picture of the field and to examine the trajectory of its development. The MCAHE team would like to give a sincere Thank You to everyone who took time to respond to our Open Call. We really value your input to our research.
Our Google Map of UK Contemporary Art in Heritage Activity will be launching on this website in early 2019. So please watch this space!