During the Covid-19 period, Arts&Heritage is initiating a new project, inviting UK-based artists to create unusual and ambitious responses for some of the Meeting Point museums that they have worked with. This is an opportunity to engage in untethered idea development, without the restrictions of practical delivery or limitation of a budget.
For Blue Sky Museums, they are issuing 6 artist briefs that have been written in collaboration with previous Meeting Point museums based in the North East, North West and Yorkshire. Each one presents a different opportunity for artists to develop creative, ambitious ideas – in short, they encourage blue sky thinking.
Arts&Heritage will select 25 responses to appear on their website and to be shared on their newsletters and social media channels. Each artistic response they select to show online will receive £500. They want to demonstrate that artists generate extraordinary ways to experience and look at the past and place a new lens on heritage narratives.
It is important to note this project funds your ideas, Blue Sky Museums does not result in a physical commission at the site. Arts&Heritage see this as a way of investing in artists' creative thinking at a time when opportunities to visit and create on site are severely limited.
The full Blue Sky Museums application pack with all the details can be found here:
Blue Sky Museums Application PackDownload full Application Pack here
The six museums taking part in Blue Sky Museums, their deadlines and the link to their briefs can be found below:
Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum: BlueSkyBrief_Chantry Bagpipe
Deadline: 5pm, Friday 29 May
Shandy Hall: BlueSkyBrief_Shandy Hall
Deadline: 5pm, Friday 12 June
Workhouse Museum, Ripon: BlueSkyBrief_RiponWorkhouse
Deadline: 5pm, Friday 26 June
Lion Salt Works: BlueSkyBrief_Lion Salt Works
Deadline: 5pm, Friday 10 July
Kelham Island Museum: BlueSkyBrief_Kelham Island
Deadline: 5pm, Friday 24 July
Brontë Parsonage Museum: BlueSkyBrief_Bronte Parsonage
Deadline: 5pm, Friday 7 August