MUSE: Makers in Museums

Eight creative craft commissions for artists to make new work in response to an aspect of the special collections to be found in the small local rural museums of Devon and Somerset. The project will showcase contemporary craft: makers, skills, materials and creative thinking.

The participating Museums

Chard and District Museum
Bruton Museum
Wells and Mendip Museum
Axbridge and District Museum in King John’s Hunting Lodge

Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum
Axminster Museum
Teign Heritage Museum, Teignmouth
Museum of Dartmoor Life, Okehampton

Muse will support 8 small volunteer-run museums across Somerset and Devon to develop projects with artists which will help them to reach new audiences. It will make historic collections more accessible to artists and create new opportunities for community groups to engage with historic collections.

The theme for Muse is ‘craft’. The museum collections to be highlighted during the project include those linked to historic craft or rural industries, and the artists will respond with their own craft practice, making a link between contemporary and historic craft.