Meeting Point

in partnership with Arts&Heritage

A 2-year fully funded project to support contemporary artists responding to collections and spaces in South Central England’s Museums and Heritage sites.

The project

Five successful applicants from Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Isle of Wight were selected to take part in a fully funded programme of lively and informed workshops that results in a new artwork responding to site and context.

This unique opportunity gave museums a chance to develop a brief to meet a need identified by their museum – whether that need is around engaging with new audiences, reinterpreting their collections or telling a new story about their site. As part of the process, museums benefit from support, expertise and funding to deliver a high-quality new work for their museum or heritage site.

This 2-year fully funded programme includes visits to artists’ studios, meeting with art curators and learning from peers who have been part of previous programmes. Participants receive and manage an £11,000 commissioning budget, with additional PR and marketing support supplied by Arts&Heritage. They will also receive £500 for bespoke marketing and £500 for bespoke engagement activity to promote and raise the profile of their projects.

Project Update: March 2021

Our Project Partners, Arts & Heritage, have announced the partner museums from the South, who will get started in early 2021:

Find out more.

Congratulations to Didcot Railway Centre; the National Paralympic Heritage Centre in Aylesbury; Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology in Reading; Furzey Gardens in the New Forest National Park; ‘a space’ arts and The Brickworks Museum in Southampton.

As well as commissioning a new artwork which responds to their collection, each venue will also receive training in best practice for working with artists.



Image: Ropner’s Ghost Ship by Stephen Dixon and Alison Welsh at Preston Park Museum for Meeting Point © Jonathan Turner

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