Welcome to New Expressions

'Good Money - A Currency Competition for Handsworth' (2015) Poolman & Rowe

'Good Money - A Currency Competition for Handsworth' (2015) Poolman & Rowe

New Expressions 3 establishes a national approach to collaboration between contemporary artists and museums. It explores how partnership working can be structured in the future to provide fresh approaches to collections and engaging visitor experiences across England. It builds upon the regional foundations developed by New Expressions 1 and 2 in South West England.

From spring to summer 2015, up to 20 artists will present specially commissioned work in partnership with 15 museums across the South West, Midlands and North of England. Taking museum collections as their starting point, projects will range from long-term interventions to one-off performances. The shortest, potentially explosive event will last one day.

Three strands of activity are happening during 2014 and 2015:

  • Nine major artist-museum collaborations across the South West, the Midlands and the North of England: six at Arts Council Major Partner Museums and three at National Trust properties
  • Six experimental projects developed by artists and museums new to working together - part of a New Opportunities Awards (NOA) scheme
  • A national programme of events and evaluation to share experiences and build knowledge; helping to create a country-wide network of artists, museums and partners who are ambitious about collaborating.

New Expressions 3 is a national pathfinder programme delivered with its partners: the network of Arts Council Major Partner Museums, the National Trust and the Contemporary Visual Art Network (CVAN). Visual Arts South West is leading the partnership between New Expressions and CVAN for their counterpart organisations; Visual Arts North by North West in the North and East Midlands Visual Arts Network in the Midlands. New Expressions' activity and legacy are managed by the New Expressions programme board.

  • Philip Eglin

    Philip Eglin’s ceramics reflect and comment on contemporary culture.

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  • Sean Griffiths

    Sean Griffiths is Professor of Architecture at the University of Westminster.

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  • Yelena Popova

    Yelena Popova makes painting installations and video.

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  • John Wood & Paul Harrison

    John Wood and Paul Harrison explore the physical and psychological parameters of the world around them through a series of immaculately constructed video works, informative and uninformative text pieces, drawings, doodles and half thoughts, and quite useful sculptures.

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  • Chris Watson

    BAFTA award-winning audio recordist Chris Watson has worked with the BBC on many of their best-known natural history productions including Tweet of the Day, Frozen Planet and The Life of Birds.

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  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith has a social practice that is both research and production based and responds to site-specific issues.

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Latest News

  • Booking opens for New Expressions’ field visit programme

    15 May 2015

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  • LIVE SEASON 2015: Visual arts unlock the creative potential of museums across England in national pathfinder programme

    17 April 2015

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  • New Expressions receives 50,000 funding boost

    03 March 2015

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  • Countdown begins to 'varied and exciting' New Expressions 3 Live Season 2015

    22 December 2014

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