RAMM embraces digital art
11 February 2011
RAMM will soon commission its first digital artwork thanks to support from Renaissance South West and Arts Council England.
Following a long tradition of innovation and experimentation, RAMM is seeking an artist to engage with RAMM’s collections, its audiences and its locality and produce a digital artwork suited to its new displays. Opening in December, these displays explore meaning, ethics and concepts, small ideas and global issues.
RAMM is one of only six museums in the Southwest to be selected for the project, New Expressions 2. The project aims to create high quality, participative projects and compelling visitor experiences. It aims to reach over half a million museum visitors in 2011-12 and raise the standing of Southwest England as a must-visit destination for contemporary art.
The five other organisations selected for New Expressions are:
- Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum
- Falmouth Art Gallery
- M-Shed, Bristol (part of Bristol City Museums, Galleries and Archives)
- Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon
- Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery
Raj Pal, Programme Director at Renaissance South West, said: ‘South West museums offer immense possibilities for artists. The best are creative hubs, not only telling stories but nurturing a range of different voices, igniting debates and spurring imaginative journeys. By working with contemporary artists, New Expressions will unlock unexpected meanings and connect with audiences in fascinating new ways. It will put South West museums firmly on the map for exhilarating contemporary art’.
Arts Council England Director for the South West, Phil Gibby said: ‘This promises to be an exciting programme that will give new audiences of all ages the opportunity to engage with both contemporary arts and historic collections. The project will create a dialogue between artists and museum collections that will help people to connect with both these areas in a new way’.
New Expressions 2 is funded by MLA Renaissance South West and the National Lottery through Grants for the Arts.