Contemporary Heritage: A new way of seeing


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Click here to read an evaluation study commissioned by North by NorthWest which examines the value of the contemporary visual arts in Lancashire and Cumbria.

Watch: Visit our Vimeo channel for Contemporary Heritage and watch the documentary films of all the installations.


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Contemporary Heritage: A new way of seeing


Contemporary Heritage Publication - volume 1

This beautiful 80 page, A5 hardback book covers the first three Contemporary Heritage site specific installations.  Complete with DVD containing three documentary films and the electroacoustic sound installation by Ailís Ní Ríain, the book has articles by the artists, the curator and expert appraisals of the work, as well as over 70 full colour images.  This limited print run of 500 copies should make this exquisite book a future collectors item.  Buy yours now for £15 plus P&P.


Contemporary Heritage: A new way of seeing

An ambitious programme of site-responsive artist commissions at stunning historic sites across Pennine Lancashire. The commissions, inspired by Pennine Lancashire’s heritage, animate each site and offer visitors a rare chance to experience major works of art by artists of national and international standing outside urban centres.

Contemporary Heritage, a Mid Pennine Arts partnership programme, makes a significant contribution to raising the profile of Lancashire as a distinctive cultural destination.

Mid Pennine Arts are developing the programme with Lancashire Museum Service and partner venues: Towneley Hall and Park, Clitheroe Castle Museum, Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, Gawthorpe Hall and Turton Tower.

Contemporary Heritage is funded by Arts Council England, the Foyle Foundation, the Granada Foundation, Lancashire County Council, European Regional Development Fund, Modern History, Burnley Borough Council, Blackburn with Darwen Council, and the Stocks Massey Bequest Fund.

Mid Pennine Arts would very much like to thank Kate Jones of Inspired Lives for mentoring support provided through the mentoring programme run by Business in the Arts:North West.

October 2012:  Additional ACE funding allowed us to confirm exciting plans for Contemporary Heritage commissions to run concurrently in two Lancashire gems, Gawthorpe Hall and Turton Tower throughout 2013.  The support has also enabled us to undertake intensive R&D with partners with the aim of  continuing this hugely successful series.  Visit the home page to sign up for our FREE ebulletin and then we can keep you aprised of developments.  Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Visit our Vimeo channel for Contemporary Heritage and watch the documentary films of all the installations.

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