The Bowes Centre for The Bowes Museum
The Untitled 10 format commissions ten artists-in-residence across arts, craft and design to develop new ideas in response to The Bowes Museum and reach new audiences. This has included a unique, contemporary performance by Eliot Smith Dance in a gallery for the first time; sound heritage that re-discovered notes unheard for 180 years in the music collection; neon light installations to change both colour and experience at the museum and the first drag artist take over day with Lady Kitt. The Untitled 10 artists have brought socially conscious work into the museum such as responding to gender identity and the hidden voices of both aristocratic women and workers in its history and collection. On a small budget we included a training day with the artists to build a collaborative content strategy. This has included a series of social media events; instagram take overs, twitter spotlight interviews, a talkin’ craft twitter series and Talkin’ Culture #twinterview blogs to help capture the imagination of BBC TV coverage and press. You can see all our blogs here: www.voicemag.uk/users/TalkinCulture
This work led to an additional commission at the museum for a pilot I produced and co-directed exploring revolutionary art. This was conceived, written and presented by BBC Arts presenter and Art Historian, Professor Richard Clay alongside Dr. Gillian Jein, both of Newcastle University.