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 www.routledge.com. It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license


chapter Chapter 1|12 pages


ByNick Cass, Gill Park, Anna Powell

part Part I|52 pages

Reimagining heritage

chapter Chapter 2|17 pages

Mapping contemporary art in the heritage experience

ByNiki Black, Rebecca Farley

chapter Chapter 3|17 pages

Making cities

Place, production, and (im)material heritage
ByLaura Breen

chapter Chapter 4|16 pages

Gestured by Brass Art

Gestures, ambiguity, and material transformation at Chetham’s Library
ByChara Lewis, Kristin Mojsiewicz, Anneké Pettican

part Part II|66 pages

Alternative histories

chapter Chapter 5|16 pages

Making the invisible visible in Capability Brown’s lost landscapes

ByGill Park

chapter Chapter 6|15 pages

A room of one’s own

Strategies of feminist arts interventions
ByJenna C. Ashton

chapter Chapter 7|18 pages

Contemporary interventions and conflict

The possibilities of ‘critical historical consciousness’ as a mode of heritage production
ByJoanne Williams

chapter Chapter 8|15 pages

Mapping contemporary art in the heritage experience

Mary Eleanor Bowes and The Orangery Urns
ByAndrew Burton

part Part III|51 pages

Disciplinary dialogues

chapter Chapter 9|16 pages

Expanded Interiors

Bringing contemporary site-specific fine-art practice to Roman houses at Herculaneum and Pompeii
ByCatrin Huber
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chapter Chapter 10|17 pages

Practising history

Art, archives, and footnotes
ByCatherine Bertola, Rachel Rich

chapter Chapter 11|16 pages

Understanding the audience experience of contemporary visual arts at Geevor Mine World Heritage Site

A dialogue between a contemporary artist and a sociologist
ByGaynor Bagnall, Jill Randall

part Part IV|50 pages

Liminal spaces

chapter Chapter 12|16 pages

Numinous experiences in the home of the Brontës

ByNick Cass

chapter Chapter 13|15 pages

Transactions of an artist’s placement

Planning Berwick-upon-Tweed with Sander Van Raemdonck
ByJulie Crawshaw, Menelaos Gkartzios

chapter Chapter 14|17 pages

Bruce Nauman at York St Mary’s

A hermeneutic enquiry into ‘the intersection’
ByAnna Powell