Without active acquisitions future generations soon become denied access to ideas and material culture from their past. To complement the development project a role for contemporary artists was created in the design process for the new build and the interpretation of the Museum collections.
We are commissiong three artists whose work will be an integral element to the Museum when it reopens. The works will remain as a permanent contemporary art legacy in the new life of the Museum.
The artist selection has been made on quality of work and ambition of ideas, proven ability to execute commissions and collaborate with others. It has been important also to select artists whose practice is not principally making site-specific commissions of this kind and that the group reflected a range of artistic traditions and possibilities found in contemporary art.
The artist we are working with on the three commissions are Maria Lalic (b.1952), Nicky Hirst (b.1963) and Michelle McKinney (b.1977).
Please click on the 'Related items' links on the left for more information about our chosen artists.