Foreground announce major open commission in partnership with the Science Museum Group

Image Credit: Conservation lab at the National Collection Centre, 2019

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We are delighted to announce that Foreground are partners with the Science Museum Group for a major art commission for the National Collections Centre, the group’s most ambitious project for a generation. This project will create a new purpose-built home for the Science Museum Group Collection at the National Collections Centre in Wiltshire, enabling local and global audiences to explore more of the collection than ever before.

The new facility will transform how the Science Museum Group manages, cares for and shares its internationally significant collection with the public. Over 300,000 objects will be transported from their current storage in west London to their new home in Wiltshire. By 2023, the site will house the majority of the Science Museum Group collection in a purpose-built collection management facility open to the public on a site that uniquely combines science, history and landscape.

In partnership with the Science Museum Group, Foreground are commissioning an artist to engage with the collection and local communities to develop a body of work that spans the four-year development of this major new national cultural asset. The commission will engage local communities in Wroughton, Swindon and Wiltshire with the National Collections Centre site and the scale and significance of the Science Museum Group Collection.

As such the selected artist will be encouraged to make community participation a significant part of their working process and help unlock this unparalleled national resource, engaging audiences with the collections ability to tell new stories about the impact the sciences have had, and continue to have, on forming the fabric of contemporary society.

Initial proposals will be accepted until 4th August 2019, with shortlisted artists invited to the National Collections Centre for a day in October 2019. The selected artist will begin work on the commission in late 2019. The budget for the art commission is £70,000. This includes, but is not restricted to fees, concept development, project management, prototyping, materials, production, insurances, and artist accommodation and travel. The artist can also be supported to apply for further funding to expand the project.

Further details on the commission, including the full artists brief and details for submission, can be found here.


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