Welcome to New Expressions

'Grand' (2008) Keith Harrison

'Grand' (2008) Keith Harrison

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.

  • Uta Kogelsberger

    Artist Uta Kogelsberger is working with Cumbria Museum Consortium as part of New Expressions 3..

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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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  • 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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  • Sean Griffiths

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

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  • Philip Eglin

    Philip Eglin (b.

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  • Poolman & Rowe

    Chris Poolman (b.Oxford, 1980) and Elizabeth Rowe (b.

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Latest News

  • 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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  • New Expressions takes part in joint Folkestone Triennial visit

    14 October 2014

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Live Feed

  • With LIVE SEASON 2015 underway, #NE3 contractor Claire Gulliver blogs on a 7 year collaborative challenge http://t.co/qyTZjt4KF1 #artists 2:37pm, Apr 20, 2015

  • RT @artisttara: Thankyou @BridportMuseum for access to net collection, working with the material today for @BridportKnots install'n http://… 9:42am, Apr 18, 2015

  • RT @trisaver: BBC Big Day Out: FREE entry to Newstead Abbey and my exhibition on Sun 26 April - print out needed (follow link) http://t.co/… 9:42am, Apr 18, 2015