Artist brief…

Artist Brief: New Light on Old Bones Artist Research Project

 Creativity Works background:

 Creativity Works is a consortium consisting of Pennine Lancashire Arts Officers, Arts Council North West, Lancashire County Council, Creative Lancashire, Elevate and Curious Minds. The partnership provides the infrastructure for joint working, shared approaches, economies of scale working across the sub region and alignment to the Multi Area Agreement as well as districts Local Area Agreement’s.

 Creativity Works was initially set up in 2000, supporting Creative Industries in Pennine Lancashire. In 2008 it extended its remit to work strategically on four priority areas: Health, Business, Regeneration and People, to raise the profile of and participation in, quality arts practice in the region.

 The engagement programme of work that this project belongs to, began in September 2009. The aim of this work is to increase engagement in the arts through working with local heritage venues.  This project forms part of the second phase of this work.

 Project Background:

 New Light on Old Bones (NLOB) is an innovative, multi-disciplinary research project looking at the cultural, social, and historical context of natural science collections in two venues in North West England; Blackburn Museum, and Rossendale Museum.

 The lead researcher is Mark Steadman, and the project team consists of Dr Samuel Alberti of The Manchester Museum, and David Craven and Dr Myna Trustram from Renaissance North West.

 The project aims to provide museums with a toolkit of methods they can use to better interpret their collections.

 This opportunity is to work with Rossendale Museum, alongside the NLOB lead researcher, to creatively enhance, challenge and explore the project and collections.

 More background and information for the NLOB project can be found on the blog http://newlightmanchester.wordpress.com/

 Project Aims:

  • To increase engagement with the arts in Rossendale
  • To increase local and regional visitor engagement with Rossendale Museums collections, looking specifically at their natural history collection
  • To be part of a bigger research team, and work with museum staff to show a different way of interpreting collections
  • To explore new and unexpected ways in which the natural history collections can be represented, in terms of their social and historical context
  • To have an ongoing input into the way research themes may be used to engage the community, select what is to be exhibited and influence how the collections are presented
  • To make connections between the natural history collections and other collections housed by the museum, through unearthing stories and forgotten links
  • To hold sessions to inform and involve the community about what is taking place in the museum through out the project
  • Produce work that can in itself be used to further increase knowledge about the social and historical contexts that have resulted in the collections being housed at Rossendale museum

 Project Brief:

The role of the artist will be to be part of the NLOB research team, playing an integral part in further exploring and expanding on themes discovered by the researchers. The purpose of integrating an artist into the project at this stage is to ensure the research can be used in a creative way in order to make the collections more easily accessible to the public and engaging to the community. The specific outcomes of the project are still being defined and the artist will play a key role in these decisions. We are looking for an artist who has experience on working in such collaborations with an interest in process led work. We would like the outcome of the project to be a form of presenting the research in an innovative, engaging and possibly multimedia way. We would like to see a project that:

  • Takes a new approach to looking at interpreting museum collections
  • Is innovative in its approach to research
  • Will promote discussion in the local area
  • Has the ability to encourage more engagement with the museum from the local community, both though the process and the outcome
  • Can use any art form
  • Results in new work by the Artist

 Project Structure:

 The NLOB research project started in April 2010. The lead researcher will be working in the museums until the end of September 2010, with a further six months focussed on interpreting the research.

We would like an Artist to start working on this project in August 2010 with a finish date of April 2011. As this is a research and process led project we would like Artist to suggest how they would approach using this time.

 Project Budget:

 The budget for this project is £10,000 to include all artist fees and materials.

 Application Procedure:

 To apply for this project, please send us the following:

  • A letter of application stating your interest in this project
  • Examples of previous work relevant to this project to include no more than five images
  • A proposal of how you would approach this opportunity and your methodology for the process you would undertake
  • How you would include community engagement, how would your process and outcome increase engagement with the museums collections
  • A budget detailing how you would use the £10,000. To include artist fees, amount of days, portion of time you would need to research, engage, make, expenses and materials

Please forward your application to laura.rodgers@blackburn.gov.uk. If your application includes film or sound please send copies by post to:

 Laura Rodgers

Creativity Works

Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

Museum Street

Blackburn

Lancs

BB1 7AJ

Applications to be received by 28th June 2010.

Interviews will take place on Friday 2nd July.

If you have any queries regarding your application please email to the above address.

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