Mill receives £4,000 visual arts grant

Belper's North Mill
Belper's North Mill

Belper’s Strutt’s North Mill is just one of six museums in the country to receive a £4,000 funding boost that will open up new artistic collaborations for the historic site.

The ‘New Opportunities Award’ (NOA) will allow managers at the mill to work with and commission new work by contemporary visual artists.

North Mill manager Sarah Skinner said: “We’re delighted to receive this funding as it will enable us to form exciting new collaborations and explore our mill and its heritage in exciting new ways.”

The mill will work with moving image, drawing, text and installation artist, Tim Shore.

Tim will create a series of short films that explore the ways in which time was understood and controlled in the mills and factories of the early industrial revolution. This will look at both the mill owners and the workers whose time was strictly monitored.

Judith Robinson, NOA Programme Manager, said: “New Expressions pioneers collaboration between artists, museums and heritage staff and audiences to invigorate historic collections, buildings and spaces,”

“We’re delighted that through NOA we can offer increased opportunities to even more museums and contemporary artists all of whom will be working hard to create high quality, participative projects and compelling visitor experiences.”