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Booking opens for 'New Expressions’ field visit programme

New Expressions 3 establishes a national approach to collaboration between contemporary artists and museums. It explores how partnership working can be structured in the future to provide fresh approaches to collections and engaging visitor experiences across England. It builds upon the regional foundations developed by New Expressions 1 and 2 in South West England.

As part of New Expressions 3, artists and museum staff with a professional interest in collaboratio,n are being invited to experience some of the high points of the New Expressions through attending events at the partner museums.

Each field visit offers the opportunity to see newly  commissioned art works and to gain candid insights into their production, interpretation and installation, as revealed by the museums and the artists involved.

Each event will also enable participants to consider options for supporting future joint working between artists and museums - options that will support creative risk taking and experimental new approaches to artist-museum collaboration.

One idea under consideration is the option of setting up a practice-based ‘Subject Specialist Network’ (SSN). Arts Council England recognises SSNs as fora for sharing expertise, research, mentoring and developing best practice, and has given New Expressions an award from the Museum Resilience Fund to explore whether this would be a good way to take the initiative forward nationally.

The themes are:

COLLABORATIVE WORKING WITH ARTISTS, VOLUNTEERS AND HISTORIC HOUSES Upton Park House and Gardens near Banbury with artist Yelena Popova 11.00 – 16.00, Thursday 18 June 

CREATIVE RISK-TAKING: COMMISSIONING ONE-OFF OUTDOOR PUBLIC EVENTS Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery with artist Keith Harrison 11.00-16.00, Wednesday 22 July 2015

EMBEDDING CONTEMPORARY ARTIST COMMISSIONS IN CAPITAL REDEVELOPMENT OF MUSEUMS York Art Gallery with artist Philip Eglin  11.15 – 16.00, Monday 14 September

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