- Date: 15 September 2011
- Artform: Visual arts
- Region: West Midlands
Shropshire based Meadow Arts has been invited by Arts Council England to be a National portfolio organisation from April 2012.
Since their creation in 2001 they have expanded considerably. They commission new works and produce temporary outdoor exhibitions accompanied by education and engagement programmes.
Their latest year-long exhibition is House of Beasts at the National Trust's Attingham Park near Shrewsbury:
Mandy Fowler, their Manager, said that they started life originally as the Meadow Gallery at Burford House in Shropshire, an historic property open to the public.
Gradually they moved into outdoor installations and started to expand with shows at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire, Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire, Attingham (to which they have returned) and Croft Castle, Herefordshire.
"We have established our reputation, particularly in working with partners like the National Trust. We commission and site new art works in public spaces and heritage settings.
"The programmes bring high quality contemporary art to areas where few other facilities exist."
She added that since 2004 they have been operating on a peripatetic basis, working with a variety of host venues and locations, usually highly regarded heritage sites, historic gardens or public spaces with an established visitor base.
"This helps us to attract new audiences, encouraging partnerships between the contemporary arts, heritage and public sectors and providing opportunities for education and engagement programmes.
Anne de Charmant, Director of Meadow Arts, says: "We are delighted that we are to become an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation in 2012. It is exciting and challenging and recognises the need for contemporary art in rural West Midlands areas.
"We welcome having this financial stability up until 2015. In the past we have applied for individual project funding which can be quite time consuming. Now this investment will allow us to increase our capacity to deliver exhibitions and programmes which fit the Arts Council's priorities of innovation and excellence.
"We do not take this funding for granted and will continue to be vigilant and creative, to ensure we get the best value from it."
Their website is: http://www.meadowarts.org/