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Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience

Visits to heritage sites in later life and positive wellbeing.

About the research project

Four groups of older people, aged 55-82, were taken to visit a series of contemporary art commissions at British heritage sites. The settings and artworks were:

  • Gogmagog: Voices of the Bells by Matt Stokes
    • At Holy Trinity Church, Sunderland 
  • Orangery Urns by Andrew Burton, and Your Sweetest Empire Is To Please by Fiona Curran
    • At Gibside, Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear
  • Landscape Miniatures by Mark Fairnington
    • Cherryburn, Stocksfield, Northumberland