New Dimensions

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Hidden objects from the museum stores are being vividly re-imagined in film, photography, sculpture, textiles and poetry for our new-year exhibition.

‘New Dimensions: Contemporary Art Inspired by Hidden Collections’ opens on Saturday 16 January 2016 and will feature work created by six artists who have been granted exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the museum’s extensive stores.

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The artists are pictured with some of the objects that inspired them (images by Richard Tomlinson)

The museum stores are at the Somerset Heritage Centre where the county’s vast collection of archives, historic books and museum objects are preserved.  The museum reserve collections are usually only available for research and academic study. But in an innovative partnership between local artists and museum curators, these rarely-seen objects will be brought to life as the inspiration for contemporary art works. The new works will be exhibited at the Museum of Somerset alongside some of the objects they celebrate. Amongst the collections that inspired the artists are Roman jewellery, Bronze Age axes, Victorian and Edwardian insect and plant collections, postcards and maps, and machinery from Somerset’s farming, industrial and domestic past.

Visit the exhibition

The exhibition features work by six local artists: Jenny Graham, painter and printmaker, Chris Dunseath, sculptor, Jacy Wall, textile artist and printmaker, Laura Aish, filmmaker and sound artist, Ralph Hoyte, declamatory poet, and Richard Tomlinson, photographer and filmmaker.

The exhibition runs from 16 January to 16 April, 2016 at The Museum of Somerset, a service provided by the South West Heritage Trust.

Entry is FREE.

Watch video portraits

In this series of short films (up to three minutes) the artists explain more about the objects that captured their imaginations and the creative process that followed.

Watch films

Supported by


lottery__black_webNew Dimensions has been supported by Arts Council England using public funding from the National Lottery and Somerset Art Works.


This exhibition is now closed