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Embedding artist commissioning in museum capital redevelopment

Susie O'Reilly

Monday, September 14, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BST)

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 Image: research activity for commission, Philip Eglin



Chair:  Susie O'Reilly, NE3 Programme Director

 York Art Gallery is open from 10.00. 


Coffee and Registration 


Welcome and Introductions, Janet Barnes, CEO, York Museum Trust


Setting the Scene: New Expressions  Judith Robinson, NE3 Programme Manager


Re-developing York Art Gallery. Janet Barnes and her collegue Helen Walsh will give us an insight into the gallery’s major redevelopment, which has included the development of the Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA) to house their important collections of contemporary ceramics.


Philip Eglin, will talk about the collaboration from the artist's point of view. 

Eglin is one of the UK’s most talented and important ceramic artists. A highly skilled sculptor, he has developed unique and innovative methods of working from mould making and modelling. His work can often be controversial but the thought behind it is always highly considered, combining historical and contemporary sources of inspiration seamlessly. 


Lunch and networking 


Visit the galleries, including the new Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA) 


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 future collaboration and creative risk taking partnerships involving artists, museums and communities. 




Day ends, chance to spend more time in the gallery


York Art Gallery closes


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



This is an opportunity to visit York Art Gallery's stunning re-development, including the magnificent new Centre of Ceramic Art, in the company of key members of the team that have worked on this  8 million pound programme and Philip Eglin, one of the two leading ceramicists commissioned to contribute to the new centre. They will share their insights into the challenges and rewards of this major project.

Over the past decade, York Museums Trust has built up a strong reputation for their collaborations with contemporary artists at York St Mary’s Church. They have drawn on this experience of joint working in their three year capital redevelopment of York Art Gallery. The gallery closed in 2012 for an £8m capital development project, and will reopen on 1st August 2015 with 60% more display space, improved visitor facilities and rear entrance through newly created gardens. It will also launch a new Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA) within the Gallery, allowing access to its significant ceramic collections digitally and through an exciting programme of exhibitions, displays, commissions and events. As part of the development project, York Art Gallery has hosted two major ceramics commissions. One, as part of New Expressions 3, by ceramist Philip Eglin, who is creating a new body of work in response to York Art Gallery’s collections of Old Master paintings and decorative arts, and the other by Claire Twomey (who is also part of the New Expressions family, having undertaken a significant commission for Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery in New Expressions 2)


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 candid insights into the production, interpretation and installation of the art works

- round table discussion, to consider the desirability and practicality 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 will be hosted by

  •    Upton House and Garden (National Trust) and artist Yelena Popova, 18 June 
  •    Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and artist Keith Harrison, 22 July


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 the programme, please contact 

For more information about New Expressions please visit our website



Have questions about Embedding artist commissioning in museum capital redevelopment? Contact Susie O'Reilly

When & Where

York Art Gallery

YO1 7EW York
United Kingdom

Monday, September 14, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BST)

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Susie O'Reilly

Programme Director, New Expressions 3 

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