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15/02/2021

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Leading British artists announced for Midlands round of Meeting Point programme

Contemporary arts agency, Arts&Heritage, has announced the five artists selected to take part in the latest round of its Meeting Point programme, which partners museums and artists, resulting in the creation of new artworks.

The five artists selected to take part in the Midlands round of Meeting Point are Hetain Patel, Nuala Clooney, Dan Scott and Tom Adams, and Lady Kitt.

The artists have been partnered with:

Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent (Nuala Clooney)

Naseby Battlefield Project, Welford (Dan Scott and Tom Adams)

Cromford Mills, Matlock (Hetain Patel)

Warwickshire County Record Office, Warwick (Lady Kitt)

Meeting Point has gained a reputation for its innovative approach to forging relationships between artists and museums and heritage spaces. The Arts Council England-funded programme is an opportunity for artists to work with unique collections and unlock access to the knowledge of museum curators, whilst supporting small and medium scale museums to develop skills in commissioning new contemporary art for local audiences to experience.

Now in its fifth year, Meeting Point continues to bring new visitors to the participating museums and enables audiences to view collections and history in a different way, helping support the future sustainability of museums and heritage sites and find ways to tell heritage stories from new perspectives.

Stephanie Allen, Executive Director at Arts&Heritage, said: “Despite the ongoing challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, Meeting Point has continued at pace and we’re delighted to have worked with the participating museums to select the five artists that will join us on the programme.

“Each artist put forward an ambitious and creative proposal that sparked the imagination of the four Meeting Point museums, and it will be exciting to see how they work together to reimagine the museum’s stories and present them in an entirely new way.

“As well as producing great art, Meeting Point is also a learning programme; an opportunity for museum professionals to learn how to work collaboratively with artists and each other, and incorporate more contemporary art within their own programming.”

Nuala Clooney, who is working with Middleport Pottery, said: “I am thrilled to be working with Middleport Pottery. To have access to such rich resources to draw upon, such as the biggest mould archive existing, while being able to share it with the community, staff, and volunteers will be a very special opportunity.”

Rebecca Loughhead who is leading the Meeting Point project for Middleport Pottery adds, "We’re really excited to be working with Nuala to develop and realise her ideas in direct response to the Middleport Pottery site and collection. Her work will highlight some of the hidden narratives and unseen objects housed within the Pottery and frame them in an interactive and engaging way."

Over the next few months, the artists will work with museum staff and volunteers to develop their ideas. The artists’ responses to each site will bring fresh perspectives on heritage stories for audiences, and be installed over the next two years.

Since 2016, Meeting Point has worked with 25 museums and more than 50 museum professionals to create 25 new artworks and deliver over 100 workshops.

Arts&Heritage is funded by Arts Council England.

For more information about Meeting Point and Arts&Heritage, visit www.artsandheritage.org.uk.

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David Brookbanks / david@ludlowstreet.co.uk / 07948 563 612.

Notes to editor

Arts&Heritage forges connections between artists and historic sites, museums, and communities to challenge how heritage is explored and interpreted.

It creates national skills development programmes, initiates new contemporary projects, advocates for the sector and works as consultants, advisors and mentors to generate unusual and ambitious commissioning opportunities.

Its work supports heritage organisations and museums to place contemporary art at the heart of their programming to bring alive narratives, atmosphere, architecture and history and provide new perspectives to heritage contexts. This approach challenges audience expectations and preconceptions of heritage sites by producing projects that present history in unexpected, imaginative and unusual ways.

Arts&Heritage is a new Arts Council England Sector Support Organisations (SSO), a category within its National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) funding which awards funding to organisations which play a vital role in supporting the cultural sector. Organisations which are awarded SSO funding offer access to expertise and innovation for the cultural sector, driving progress and change. Meeting Point is funded through this ACE funding in order to support the development of skills and expertise in the museum and heritage sector.


Artist biographies

Nuala Clooney (www.nualaclooney.com) is a practicing artist based in Birmingham. Nuala has exhibited internationally and extensively across the UK, including in 2018 where she was included in the Arts Council England exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Women, Protest Power. In 2017 she was shortlisted for the John Ruskin Master of All Trades Prize, Sheffield.

In addition, Nuala has developed work for a variety of contexts including Science Gallery London, Barts Pathology Museum London, and the Art and Science Festival Birmingham. Nuala is also the Recipient of the 2020 Feeney Fellowship https://www.feeneytrust.org.uk/fellow-2020.

Hetain Patel (www.hetainpatel.com) is a Bolton born, London based visual artist and performance maker. His live performances, films, sculptures, and photographs have been shown worldwide from the Venice Biennale, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing, and Tate Modern, London to Sadler’s Wells, where he is a New Wave Associate. His work exploring identity and freedom, employing popular culture, choreography and text appears in multiple formats and media, intended to reach the widest possible audience. His video and performance work online have been watched over 50 million times, which includes his TED talk of 2013 titled, ‘Who Am I? Think Again’.

Patel is the winner of the Film London Jarman Award 2019, Kino Der Kunst Festival’s Best International Film 2020, and was selected for the British Art Show 9, a Hayward Touring exhibition for 2021/22.

Lady Kitt (www.lladykitt.com) is a paper sculptor, researcher and drag king, based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Kitt describes their work as "Mess Making as Social Glue, driven by insatiable curiosity to explore, share and (gently) incite the social functions of stuff that gets called art.”

Kitt is a trustee of Crafts Council, founding member of disabled artist-led consortium Disconsortia & North East co-lead of Social Art Network UK.

Kitt has recently shown work at Atlanta Contemporary (USA), Saatchi Gallery London (UK) and is currently Maker in Residence at Durham University. In 2020-21 Kitt is one of nine "Constellations" artists with UP Projects and Flat Time House.

Dan Scott is a Margate based artist working with sound, performance and listening. His works incorporates film, sound art, music and pedagogical practice. He recently completed a PhD at the University of the Arts in London on listening as an artistic practice. His work often explores collaborative, socially engaged and dialogical modes of making.

Tom Adams (www.tom-adams.co.uk) is a Margate based composer and theatre maker who is an associate artist of Harrogate Theatre, Omnibus Theatre and Attenborough Arts Centre.

Tom Adams and Dan Scott have collaborated on a number of projects with the most recent being Boat-House-Theatre, a year long project commissioned by ARC Theatre and Tees Rediscovered exploring a long since vanished houseboat community that once existed on the River Tees estuary between Hartlepool and Stockton-On- Tees. Tom and Dan worked with apprentices from Groundworks North East to build a timber structure around a Yorkshire coble fishing boat that they then placed on Stockton-On-Tees High Street for a series of events, including reading by the Tees Women Poets, and a gig-theatre show Tom and Dan wrote about the community and their journey through the project.