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Creative Risk Taking: commissioning one-off, outdoor public events

Susie O'Reilly

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BST)

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Photo: Recce for 'Heavy Rock' event: artist Keith Harrison on breakwater Plymouth Sound.


Chair:  Susie O'Reilly, NE3 Programme Director


Coffee and Registration 


Welcome to Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery - Nicola Moyle, Head of Arts and Heritage, Plymouth City Council, and Chair of New Expressions Board


Setting the Scene: New Expressions - Judith Robinson, Arts and Cultural Development Manager PCC and NE3 Programme Manager


'Heavy Rock' 

Artist, Keith Harrison, Jodie Bishop and other members of the Plymouth project team will share insights into the challenges and rewards of working together to deliver an ambitious, creatively risky art work and public event which involves placing a huge 100 tonne wave breaker concrete block on the Breakwater in Plymouth SoundThe inspiration came from a work in the museum's maritime paintings collection, entitled ‘Laying the Foundation Stone of Plymouth Breakwater’ by George Barret the Younger, 1812. As in previous commissions, Harrison’s aim is to make a hidden process public, in this case the unceasing work that goes into maintaining the City's sea defences. Bringing the project to fruition has involved the museum staff in developing relationships with the Ministry of Defence and the team of engineers responsible for maintaining the Breakwater. 



Time in the museum's Plymouth, Port and Place Gallery, to view Harrison's large scale preparatory drawing(s) and supporting material for the Heavy Rock project alongside the painting that inspired the project


Lunch and networking


Visit to Keith Harrison’s studio and viewing of further preparatory drawings for Heavy Rock and exploratory  installation at KARST. This is new, contemporary art venue in Stonehouse, Plymouth, comprises a free public gallery and 9 artists’ studios. The gallery is dedicated to showcasing current and experimental visual art, through an international exhibition programme. Founded in 2012, the  aim of KARST is to contribute significantly towards cultural growth in Plymouth, and to generate a positive influence within the South West and the wider region. 


Round table discussion - led by Sheila McGregor. Sheila is leading the work New Expressions is  currently undertaking to explore the potential to establish a new national activity-based Subject Specialist Network to support further innovative collaboration between artists, museums and communities. 




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 * This is an indicative programme, all details subject to final confirmation.


This is one a series of three* field visits, which aims to encourage the exchange of knowledge and creative thinking and promote inspirational programming ideas. 

Artists and museum staff with a professional interest in collaboration are invited to experience one of the creative high points of the New Expressions LIVE season together.

There is no charge, but places are limited, and booking is essential. 

Each of the three field visits share the same elements:

- an opportunity to see and experience newly-commissioned, site-specific art works

- curators and artists will offer candid insights into the production, interpretation and installation of the art works

- round table discussion, to consider the desirability and practicalities of setting up a new, activity based 'Subject Specialist Network'  (SSN) to support creative risk taking and experimental new approaches to artist/museum collaboration.

A Subject Specialist Network is a format recognised by Arts Council England, as a democratic forum for the sharing of expertise, research, mentoring and developing best practice

 *The other two field visits in this programme will be hosted by

  •  Upton House and Garden (National Trust) and artist Yelena Popova, 18 June 
  • York Museum Trust and artist Philip Eglin,  14 September. 

Please feel free to  share this information with your professional networks. New Expressions is a national pathfinder programme working to develop a wide professional network of museums and artists interested in collaboration. 

If you have any queries about this programme, please contact

For more information about New Expressions please visit our website

New Expressions is supported by Grant for the Arts.

Have questions about Creative Risk Taking: commissioning one-off, outdoor public events? Contact Susie O'Reilly

When & Where

Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery
Drake Circus
PL4 8AJ Plymouth
United Kingdom

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BST)

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