Introduction: working with artists

Increasing numbers of museums are commissioning artists to create site-specific works or contribute to educational projects

Why work with an artist?

There is more to working with artists than just showing their work. Jane Morris looks at the options, and how to plan for a mutually beneficial relationship

Commissioning an artist

When commissioning a new installation, it's crucial that you, and the artist, know exactly what you expect of each other - and of the project

Artist's point of view

Susie MacMurray, an artist who works with feathers and fabrics, reveals what artists need from a museum when commissioned to create an installation

Artists and education programmes

Involving artists in education programmes can be a great way to add value. But first you need to discover what teachers, students and the artist need

Art and science collaborations

When scientists and artists collaborate on a project, new work can attract different kinds of visitor to science museums

Case study: Abe Gibson

By working with performance poet Abe Gibson, London's Transport Museum was able to explore transport history beyond mere machinery

Case study: Fred Wilson

Artist Fred Wilson once worked in museums. Now he uses their collections to reveal hidden histories and ideological ghosts

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At Home with Art

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Multimedia case study: Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

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