These seminars are very loosely themed, to provide a starting point for discussion. They are participatory events, in which the last part of the session will involve group discussion and feedback, in an effort to capture some of the emerging issues. We aim to collate responses to each seminar to be archived on this website.

Audience impact of contemporary art and heritage
Jordan Kaplan and Danielle Arnaud, Tatton Biennial
Steve Swindells, Huddersfield University

3RD APRIL. 2.30 – 4.30

University of Leeds, G19, Old Mining Building, LEEDS

What interpretation strategies can be used in contemporary art and heritage settings? How can we analyse (both qualitatively and quantitatively) the impact of art on audiences when it is placed within a museum/historic house or other heritage setting, including in the long-term? How do we demonstrate the value of audience responses? What innovative strategies are already in place to capture the impact and audience legacy of contemporary art projects?


Strategic impact of contemporary art and heritage
Judith King, Arts and Heritage

23RD APRIL 3pm – 5.00pm

University of Leeds, G19, Old Mining Building, LEEDS

The relationship between contemporary art and heritage with regards tourism, the visitor economy, regeneration agendas. What methods can be used to analyse this impact, particularly with regards economic impact which is notoriously difficult for arts organisations to measure? This isn’t the reason we do these projects, but it may useful to think through this angle to explore ways to work collaboratively with stakeholders.


Research impact of contemporary art and heritage
Tom Freshwater, National Trust; Laura Guy, Inheritance Projects

15 MAY 2.30 – 4.30
University of Leeds, Baines Wing Seminar Room 1.13

How does contemporary art contribute to heritage research? How can contemporary art speak about other unofficial/ overlooked/ marginalised/ contentious histories that the heritage industry deals with, perhaps less successfully? How do heritage institutions deal with the legacy of this? How do we capture the benefit of this work for audiences/ artists/ organisations?


What Next? Workshop.
Wednesday 28th May. Leeds City Art Gallery

Issues, questions and ideas raised through the seminar series will be brought together during this one day workshop, to take place during May. We aim to use the workshop to provide the opportunity to explore questions of evaluation and impact in more detail, and explore how we can build on the professional contacts we have made for further events and projects.

If you are interested in attending, please email us at Intersecting Practices, explaining how you might benefit from participation, and what you might want to bring to the discussion.

Travel expenses, in many cases, can be reimbursed for attendance at this workshop.


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