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Our work with museums

We support museums through Renaissance in the Regions, Accreditation Standard and the Designation Scheme, as well as through projects relating to the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. See more

Our collaborations and partnerships

We aim to build effective partnerships with a range of national, regional and local organisations, both private and public. See more

Trust New Art is a three-year programme of contemporary art taking place at selected National Trust historic houses, countryside and garden properties across England. It is supported by a partnership between National Trust and Arts Council England, which aims to connect more people to National Trust sites through contemporary art, while diversifying the audience for art.

Aims of the project

Trust New Art supports events and projects that are developed to make contemporary art and crafts an integral part of the National Trust's offer to visitors. This aims to build new audiences, provide commissioning opportunities to both emerging and established artists and to encourage new ways of looking at heritage settings.

The Trust New Art programme runs from 2009-12 and includes:

  • a programme of temporary visual arts and crafts commissions and exhibitions
  • the development of partnerships with artists and arts organisations
  • arts-based organisational development for National Trust staff and volunteers

The Arts Council also funds the post of Contemporary Art Programme Manager at the National Trust.

Case studies

Watch a video about Trust New Art or read case studies about supported projects:

You can find the Arts Council and National Trust Memorandum of Understanding in our collaboration and partnerships section.