6 October 2015
The strength of RAMM lies in its stories – the collections, people, places and events that are recorded in the museum. Wishing to harness artists’ talent for offering new perspectives and new ways of looking at the world, RAMM encourages artists and partners to use its vision of Home of a Million Thoughts as their springboard for creativity seeking new ways of looking at cultural heritage.
Contemporary art was incorporated into the museum redevelopment and since re-opening in December 2011 and is now a major component of RAMM’s busy exhibitions programme. Highlights include the Artist Reflections series of interventions, the Gilbert & George | Artist Rooms exhibition, Michelle Sank’s Rugby World Cup inspired photographic exhibition and Chris Watson’s commissioned sound recordings as part of New Expressions.
RAMM is currently working with:
Susan Collins on a major commission as part of the Whatever the Weather exhibition (starts on 20 November). One of the country’s leading artists, Susan is Professor and Director of the Slade School of Fine Art in London. With support from Arts Council England and the Art Fund, and the cooperation of the National Trust, she is creating a pair of digital artworks inspired by the north and south Devon coastlines.
Rod Dickinson has chosen to respond to a 19th century truncheon from the social history collections in the fourth of the Artist Reflections.
Michael Shaw is developing a site specific sculpture that will be exhibited inside RAMM in 2016.
A new report, RAMM Creative Programme 2012 to 2016: collaborating with contemporary artists, illustrates recent and current work including artist commissions, exhibitions and partnerships. An Arts Council review also highlights the RAMM / Plymouth partnership’s contribution to arts in the Southwest.