Derby Silk Mill Museum of Making – The Arts and Heritage in Public Space Strategy
Commissioned as an integrated Strategy within the imaginative transformation of Derby Silk Mill Museum of Making, the Arts and Heritage in Public Place Strategy demonstrates the museum’s commitment to the creative collaboration of artists, makers, designers and cultural producers alongside their audiences.
The Museum will be a flexible hub with co-working and workshop space to build skills, confidence and creative talent, and to inspire the young creators and makers of tomorrow. Artworks and objects that move between the physical and digital will playfully respond to the collections and the Derwent World Valley Heritage Site, and offer opportunities for audiences to participate in and enjoy contemporary art and design to creatively re-interprete the past and tell its many stories through diverse voices.
The strategy was developed through artists commissions including The Decorators, Reet Maff’l (Andy Abbott and Luke Fowler), Lawrence Malloy and Jo Fairfax. A partnership with D-LAB curator David Gilbert instigated a Digital Residency Programme with artists Toni Buckby, Leila Johnston and Will Hurt, and a CPD programme with Andrew Martyn Sugars. Working with independent arts and cultural producer Sue Ball MAAP, a wider range of commissioning opportunities that creatively extend notions of public engagement and the visitor experience, or as architectural or collections interventions, will be made public.