AboutWith its re-opening in 2009, Clitheroe Castle Museum became Ribble Valley's high-profile heritage tourist offer. Ribble Valley Borough Council is part of Pennine Lancashire, which also includes neighbouring Burnley, Pendle, Hyndburn, Rossendale, and Blackburn with Darwen council districts. Clitheroe Castle Museum aims to be a friendly, attractive venue for the residents of Clitheroe and its surrounding area, as well as a high quality tourist destination and visitor attraction.
The work must be new, ambitious and in response to the site. There are a number of possible starting points for the artist, and the artists' site visit will take in the history of the site, the landscape and views from the castle walls, and the collections and social history archives in the museum.
The commission should not focus on the North West Sound Archive (NWSA) which is currently the subject of a separate artist's project. However, the NWSA collections may be used to source sound if wished.
The work should stimulate a response from current visitors and entice existing audiences to revisit the museum. Through the commissioning of the contemporary art work we aim to attract a new audience to Clitheroe Castle Museum and bring Clitheroe to the attention of audiences who will travel to destinations offering an interesting and unusual contemporary art experience.
We recommend that interested artists visit Towneley Hall and Park to see the first Contemporary Heritage commission, Not Forgotten or visit www.midpenninearts.org.uk/contemporary-heritage-notforgotten. Not Forgotten demonstrates the quality of work and the vision and ambition of the project.
Commission one will be sited in the museum and/or the grounds of Clitheroe Castle Museum.
Commission two should take in Clitheroe town centre. An artist can apply for both commissions as individual commissions or as part of the same work.
The number of commissions will be determined by the level of funding secured.
The work will be installed for a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 12 months and will open to the public in June 2011.
Closing date for applications December 3rd 2010
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