The three-year initiative, called Trust New Art, will include the development of events, projects and products that aim to make contemporary arts and crafts a key part of visiting National Trust attractions.
Trust New Art aims to build partnerships between the National Trust and the arts and craft sectors, widen audiences and provide opportunities for emerging and established artists.
National Trust contemporary arts programme manager Tom Freshwater says, ‘The National Trust has a long tradition of displaying and commissioning the work of living artists, continuing a practice begun by owners of our sites and properties who were art patrons of their time.’
A panel of industry experts, including Royal Academy of Arts director of exhibitions Kathleen Soriano and Crafts Council executive director Rosy Greenlees, will advise the partnership.
Soriano says, ‘This partnership with Arts Council England is the perfect way to try and address our need to understand the past through our varying contemporary viewpoints. The fusing of past and present will really allow creativity and surprise to flourish.’