Commissioned by the Baring Foundation and produced by the Restoration Trust
How can heritage and creativity support mental health? This new report showcases work from 18 heritage and arts organisations using our wealth of heritage assets, and the creativity of artists, to improve mental health and community connections.
Throughout the research period of Dancing Museums, a collection of artists, dance partners, museum partners, research partners and collaborators across six European countries came together through a series of workshops, seminars and conferences. Together they exchanged ideas and explored the idea of developing a new generation of dance artists to imagine sustainable pathways, promote inclusion and transfer and share knowledge about cultural heritage. Follow this link to find out more about the UK resources and contributions to the project. Illustration by Temugen Gunawardena.
Dancing Museums sought to shift perceptions of what dance and the body can be in a museum. It discussed and challenged what a museum is – no longer a place where knowledge about others is produced, but rather a social learning space. Dancing Museums was developed in two phases: Dancing Museums - Old Masters, New Traces (2015 - 2017) and Dancing Museums - The Democracy of Beings (2018 - 2021).
To culminate this research project, a new website has been created to document what was discovered throughout this period as well as give the project an ongoing legacy to urge a change in the position of the audiences and artists alike within the museum context. Image by Ben Harriott.
The first in a series of 5 ‘TateShots’ presented by art historian Jacky Klein, exploring five different ways in which performance is found inside, and sometimes outside museums and galleries. Picture by Louise Schiefer.
Film: Waving goodbye to Victorian Dad
Bristol City Council and Arts Council England
Why use diverse performance in museums? 'Waving goodbye to Victorian dad' was organised by Bristol Culture as part of 'Doing Things Differently'. Supported by Bristol City Council and Arts Council England. Film by Elliott Mayhew.
Dance and Museums Working Together Symposium Report
The Dance and Museums Working Together Symposium took place in November 2014 and was produced by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Horniman Museum and Gardens. It was organised as part of the follow-up to their large-scale collaborative public cross artform event Horniman’s Curious Tea Party which took place in July 2014. This involved an external evaluation by this report’s author which looked in some depth at the process and outcomes of collaborative work for both organisations and which began to outline a model for the different ways in which museums and artists/arts organisations can collaborate together. The content and themes of the Symposium were informed by the themes and issues identified in the Horniman’s Curious Tea Party event evaluation.