Norton Priory Museum

Ten artists to work in partnership with north of England museums

Eleanor Mills, 22.03.2017
Commissions funded by Arts Council England
Ten artists have been selected to work in partnership with museums across the north of England, each creating a new piece of work in response to the museum and its collections.
The project, titled Meeting Point2, is run by Arts&Heritage, which provides advice on placing contemporary art in historical settings, and is funded by Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund.
The scheme aims to broaden the audiences to the 10 participating museums, and present them as places that visitors can see contemporary art as well as historic displays and exhibitions.
The first Meeting Point project took place in 2016. Meeting Point2 will see a new tranche of artists create work and have it installed in their respective museum by the end of 2017.
The project also aims to equip museums with the knowledge and skills to commission work from artists again in the future, as well as presenting new work in unexpected places.
The commissioned artists will work with venues ranging from a restored historic open-pan salt works to a 12th-century excavated monastic site.
The artist-museum partnerships are:
  • Matt Stokes will make work for Hexham Old Gaol, Northumberland;
  • Owl Project will work with Prescot Museum, Knowsley;
  • Brass Art will respond to Chetham’s Library, Manchester;
  • David Appleyard will make work for the 12th-century site of Norton Priory, Cheshire;
  • Serena Partridge will work with Gawthorpe Textiles Collection, Lancashire;
  • Magnus Quaife will respond to Portland Basin Museum, Ashton-under-Lyne;
  • Cartwright and Jordan will make work for Experience Barnsley Museum & Discovery Centre;
  • Lynn Setterington will work with Brontë Parsonage Museum, West Yorkshire;
  • Stephen Dixon and Alison Welsh will respond to Preston Park Museum, Stockton on Tees;
  • Martin Hylton will make work to show at the Lion Salt Works, Cheshire.
Timandra Nichols, a co-director at Arts&Heritage, said: “The resulting works, when they are revealed later in the year, will not only be astounding pieces in their own right, but will also prompt audiences to think about the museums where the works are sited in a very different way.”
Sheffield-based artist David Appleyard said: “There is something very special about Norton Priory Museum. My research visits left me literally spellbound so I’m absolutely delighted to be involved in its MeetingPoint2 project.

"The project offers a rare opportunity to work with a very dedicated team in a place steeped in 900 years of history.”