Arts Council England
Contemporary crafters put the MUSE in museums
MUSE: Makers in museums took ‘craft’ as its theme and has seen designer-makers bring historic artefacts into the modern day through their creative interpretations.
Earlier this year the Arts Council awarded the South West Heritage Trust £48, 600 through our National –Lottery funded Grants for the Arts programme for MUSE: Makers in Museums. Now, nine months later, the public can view the artworks inspired by the collections at each of the participating community-led museums.
At the start of the project, eight artists were commissioned to work with local communities and respond to the unique collections found in small volunteer run museums. The project took ‘craft’ as its theme and has seen designer-makers bring historic artefacts into the modern day through their creative interpretations.
A renewed relevance has been given to the objects of yesteryear, spring boarding them into the present and bringing people from different disciplines and backgrounds together.
Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said: “We’re very pleased to support this project which provides new experiences for the museums involved and the contemporary artists. These cross-discipline collaborations open up more possibilities for interesting and exciting creative work, benefiting the public, artists and practitioners that work across these boundaries.”
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