Surroundings is a programme produced by the Humber Museums Partnership (HMP), in partnership with Invisible Dust. Launching in 2017 – the year of Hull City of Culture – the programme will include international public art commissions with an environmental theme, a young curator’s project, residencies and exhibitions. 16 museums across Hull, East Riding and North Lincolnshire will work together to attract high quality contemporary artists, skilled curators, and more diverse audiences. This will improve the infrastructure of the visual arts in the region – leading to a more sustainable future. In keeping with Invisible Dust’s working methodology the project will link the artists to scientists. Each year at the start of their residencies an art, science and history dialogue day will take place where the three selected artists meet scientists, historians and curators within their themes.
“Humber Museums Partnership, funded by the Arts Council, is delighted by the news of our success. Our ‘Surroundings’ collaboration with Invisible Dust will enable a new arts infrastructure building on the early success of Hull’s year as UK City of Culture, along with international artist commissions exploring connections with food, migration and landscape celebrating our varied Museums across the Humber region including the spectacular Sewerby Hall in the East Riding, Hull’s Wilberforce House and North Lincolnshire’s beautiful Normanby Hall.”
The Humber Museums Partnership (HMP) consists of the museums services of Hull, North Lincolnshire and the East Riding. It was formed in 2014 to develop collaborative working for the purpose of delivering better services to the public.
In 2016 the Humber Museums Partnership was granted Major Partner Museums (MPM) status by the Arts Council and awarded £2.6m to further its work as an MPM. As the Arts Council designated national lead for the Under 5s, a major strand of the Humber Museum Partnership’s work is the improving of our sites and services for our very youngest visitors.
The three museums services of the Humber Museums Partnership hold extensive collections of art, archaeology, social history, rural history, oral history, maritime history and world cultures. We work together to promote the heritage of the Humber region and the wider world.
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