Welcome to New Expressions

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.

'Grand' (2008) Keith Harrison

'Grand' (2008) Keith Harrison

  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith has a social practice that is both research and production based and responds to site-specific issues. Using an inter-disciplinary approach, includin...more

  • Chris Watson

    Watson is one of the world's leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena...more

  • Yelena Popova

    Yelena Popova makes painting installations and video. Popova lives and works in Nottingham and is a member of Primary. She graduated from MA Painting at th...more

  • Keith Harrison

    Keith Harrison challenges preconceptions about the use and practice of ceramics. He is interested in the physical transformation of clay from a raw state, and t...more

Latest News

  • Awards provide six English museums with 'New Opportunities' to work with artists

    12 May 2014

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  • Artist Keith Harrison, Arts and Heritage and the National Trust get New Expressions 3 underway

    30 January 2014

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  • RAMM to speak at 'Culture Clash' conference

    22 January 2014

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  • New Expressions artist commissioning scheme goes national

    19 December 2013

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