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Contemporary Art in Heritage Spaces

1st Edition

Edited by Nick Cass, Gill Park, Anna Powell


256 pages | 39 B/W Illus.

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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

Nick Cass, Gill Park and Anna Powell

Section 1: Reimagining Heritage

2. Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience

Rebecca Farley and Niki Black

3. Making cities places, skill and (im)material heritage

Laura Breen

4. Gestured: Brass Art

Chara Lewis, Kristin Mojsiewicz, Anneké Pettican

Section 2: Alternative Histories

5. Follies of Youth: Contemporary Art as Intervention and Critique

Gill Park

6. A Room of One’s Own: Strategies of feminist arts interventions

Jenna Ashton

7. Contemporary Interventions and Conflict: The possibilities of ‘critical historical consciousness’ as a mode of heritage production

Joanne Williams

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

Andrew Burton 

Expanded Interiors: Bringing contemporary site-specific fine-art practice to Roman houses at Herculaneum and Pompeii

Section 3: Disciplinary Dialogues

9. Expanded Interiors: bringing contemporary site-specific fine-art practice to Roman

houses at Herculaneum and Pompeii. 

Catrin Huber

10. Practicing History: Art, Archives and Footnotes

Catherine Bertola and Rachel Rich 

11. Understanding the audience experience of contemporary visual arts at Geevor Mine

World Heritage Site: A Dialogue between a Contemporary Artist and a Sociologist

Gaynor Bagnall and Jill Randall 

Section 4: Liminal Spaces 

12. Facilitating Numinous Experience

Nick Cass 

13. Planning Berwick upon Tweed with Contemporary Art

Julie Crawshaw and Menelaos Gkartzios 

14. Intersections and Encounters

Anna Powell 





About the Editors

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

Dr. 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.

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / General
ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology