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1st Edition

Contemporary Art in Heritage Spaces

ISBN 9780367148058
Published June 9, 2020 by Routledge
254 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Contemporary Art in Heritage Spaces considers the challenges that accompany an assessment of the role of contemporary art in heritage contexts, whilst also examining ways to measure and articulate the impact and value of these intersections in the future.

Presenting a variety of perspectives from a broad range of creative and cultural industries, this book examines case studies from the past decade where contemporary art has been sited within heritage spaces. Exploring the impact of these instances of intersection, and the thinking behind such moments of confluence, it provides an insight into a breadth of experiences – from curator, producer, and practitioner to visitor – of exhibitions where this juncture between contemporary art and heritage plays a crucial and critical role. Themes covered in the book include interpretation, soliciting and measuring audience responses, tourism and the visitor economy, regeneration agendas, heritage research, marginalised histories, and the legacy of exhibitions.

Contemporary Art in Heritage Spaces will be essential reading for academics and students engaged in the study of museum and heritage studies and contemporary art around the globe. Museum practitioners and artists should also find much to interest them within the pages of this volume.

Chapter 9 of this book is available for free in PDF format as Open Access from the individual product page at It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license


Table of Contents

  1. Introduction

Part I: Reimagining Heritage

2. Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience

3. Making Cities: Places, Production, and (Im)material Heritage

4. Gestured by Brass Art: Gestures, Ambiguity, and Material Transformation at Chetham's Library

Part II: Alternative Histories

5. Making the Invisible Visible in Capability Brown's Lost Landscapes

6. A Room of One’s Own: Strategies of Feminist Arts Interventions

7. Contemporary Interventions and Conflict: The Possibilities of ‘Critical Historical Consciousness’ as a Mode of Heritage Production

8. Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience: Mary Eleanor Bowes and The Orangery Urns

Part III: Disciplinary Dialogues

9. Expanded Interiors: Bringing Contemporary Site-Specific Fine-Art Practice to Roman Houses at Herculaneum and Pompeii.

10. Practicing History: Art, Archives, and Footnotes

11. Understanding the Audience Experience of Contemporary Visual Arts at Geevor Mine World Heritage Site: A Dialogue between a Contemporary Artist and a Sociologist

Part IV: Liminal Spaces

12. Numinous Experiences in the Home of the Brontes

13. Transactions of an Artist's Placement: Planning Berwick-upon-Tweed with Sander Van Raemdonck

14. Bruce Nauman at York St Mary's: A Hermeneutic Enquiry into 'The Intersection'

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Nick Cass is an artist and lecturer at the University of Leeds. Having a background working in museum education, and from his experience as an artist working within museums and heritage sites, he has a long-standing interest in the ‘intersection’ between artists and heritage.

Gill Park is Lecturer in Art Gallery, Museum and Heritage Studies at the University of Leeds and Lecturer in Curating at the University of Newcastle.

Anna Powell is Senior Lecturer in Art and Design Theory in the School of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield.


"Overall, this book will surely be an inspiring and important reading for artistic researchers, and all researchers who are part of institutions and commissions dealing with heritage sites and curatorial practices." - Lucrezia Zanardi, Fachhochschule Dortmund