Intersecting Practices: assessing the role and impact of contemporary art in heritage spaces is a new project funded by Creative and Cultural Industries Exchange, University of Leeds.
This initiative is made up of a group of artists, researchers and curators who are all, in one way or another, involved with projects which incorporate the commissioning and siting of contemporary art in heritage spaces. This working group has been established to explore further the ways in which we might capture, measure and articulate the value of these intersections and will focus on shared interests and questions relating to the challenges of assessing the role and impact of these projects.
The team comprises Nick Cass (Research Associate at the University of Leeds), Louisa Briggs (Arts Officer, Bronte Parsonage Museum, Howarth), Gill Park (Director, Pavilion, Leeds) and Anna Powell (Research Assistant in Contemporary Art for the School of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield).
For the partner organisations involved, we hope that the project will facilitate future projects and partnership working; support artistic practice and audience engagement initiatives; bring key organisations, academics, and students together; and ultimately, inform policy making. Further, and important to the ethos of this project, through the public seminars and workshops we hope to broaden the reach of this research to include a wider circle of interested participants.
One of the longer term aims for this initiative is to develop this pilot venture into a more substantial and sustainable project which will further our exploration of these questions.
For more information, see our website: http://intersectingpractices.wordpress.com/events/