Mapping contemporary art in the Heritage experience.

 Work in progress by sculptor Andrew Burton. Part of his research commission at Gibside, a National Trust property in Gateshead.

Work in progress by sculptor Andrew Burton. Part of his research commission at Gibside, a National Trust property in Gateshead.

Researchers from Newcastle and Leeds Universities are calling for artists, curators and arts organisations to contribute to a major research project mapping the landscape of contemporary art in heritage practice.

Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience’ (MCAHE) is a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It brings together researchers from Newcastle and Leeds Universities, award winning artists and sector partners including the National Trust, English Heritage, the Churches Conservation Trust, Arts & Heritage, CVAN and Arts Council England, to explore the processes of putting contemporary visual art into heritage sites and the experiences of audiences and artists. 

Commissioning contemporary art for heritage sites is a growing practice and one which attracts considerable investment, but little research has been done about how these commissions come about, their nature, or the impact they have on audiences or artists. It is important that we fill this gap in knowledge to create better understanding about this important field in contemporary art, ensure worthwhile investment and identify good practices.

The MCAHE research team are currently building an archive and interactive map of contemporary art in heritage sites. Their focus is on temporary, site-specific artworks that fit within the broad category of visual arts practice (including fine art, craft, lens-based work, installation, performance, sound, digital arts).

If you have been involved in a relevant project - as artist, commissioner, curator, or arts organisation – you can contribute to the research by completing a short online project questionnaire here.

The call will be open until Monday 30 April 2018.