Trust New Art exhibitions and events
Many of our places were built with art at their heart and we’re continuing this important creative legacy. Since 2009, Trust New Art has been connecting people to National Trust places through contemporary arts. So far we’ve worked with over 200 artists to create new work inspired by our places.
The installations you visit might take you to unexplored areas, reveal hidden stories or help you see our places in different ways. Our arts programme includes visual arts, crafts, architecture, performance, and writing – all inspired by the spirit of our special places.
This programme is supported by partnerships with Arts Council England and Arts Council of Wales. We regularly collaborate with arts organisations to commission and present work of the highest quality. Find out how to get involved here.
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Get involved with Trust New Art
There are many ways to get closer to Trust New Art, whether through volunteering at property, visiting a project, or perhaps you are interested in developing a partnership or working with us as a Trust New Art artist.
The Trust New Art programme is planned up to 3 or 4 years in advance. Projects can be initiated by our own teams, or through collaborations with other museums, galleries, universities, professional organisations and direct invitations to artists and curators.
We tend to work in an active commissioning way, rather than responding to proposals, unless they are of exceptional quality and closely align with our aims and objectives for that particular place. Therefore, on the whole, we do not encourage artists to submit proposals for review. Due to the large volume of proposals received, we can only follow up in exceptional circumstances and we are not able to return unsolicited material.
The majority of our commissions are selected through an open-call process, and we advertise these through our website, Twitter and Facebook feeds, and through Arts Jobs, Arts Council England’s opportunities board. If you are an artist and would like to hear about opportunities, please join our artist mailing list.
To get in touch email firstname.lastname@example.org.