Awards provide six English museums with 'New Opportunities' to work with artists

'Untitled' (2012) David Bridges, NOA beneficiary

'Untitled' (2012) David Bridges, NOA beneficiary

The winners of this year's awards are: 

  • Penryn Town Museum, Cornwall 
  • Bridport Museum, Dorset
  • Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, Yorkshire 
  • Touchstones Rochdale, Greater Manchester
  • Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire 
  • Strutt's North Mill, Derbyshire

Click here to read more information about the winners.

Six regional museums based in the South West, North and Midlands have been selected to receive a special award that will enable them to collaborate with and commission new work by contemporary visual artists.

The ‘New Opportunities Award’ (NOA) has been developed by the pioneering New Expressions programme in partnership with Contemporary Visual Arts Network. Visual Arts South West have been thanked by New Expressions for leading on the call out and selection process.

NOA aims to create innovative partnerships for organisations in the heritage sector as well as new ways of working for artists. The six successful museums and their partner artists were selected via an open competition. They have each been given a grant of £4,000. As well as being able to realise their projects together they will also be able to take advantage of mentoring advice, support and professional development opportunities provided by the New Expressions team.