Inheritance is a small group of independent curators and researchers that organise exhibitions, events, new commissions, publications and research projects.
Initiated in 2007 as a vehicle to interrogate museological schemata, the narrations of history and personal and national heritage Inheritance has developed into wider territories of investigation. Inheritance works with artists, musicians and writers in collaboration with institutions to produce new knowledges and develop politically informed, critical discourses around particular topics or situations. These situations are often defined by their histories (National Trust Properties and heritage spaces) or their relative newness (New Towns internationally) and are the contexts for long-term research projects. Inheritance is always interested in starting discussions and activating new publics through projects, artworks or exhibitions.
One ongoing Inheritance project is an investigation into ‘newness’ through the visual culture of intentionally planned urban areas (New Towns) and their migrant populations. This research project has instigated multiple activities, a growing imaginary archive, a project space in Shenzhen and more recently an exhibition and ‘Research Lab’ at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes. Other key project areas include the destabilisation of heritage through artists’ activities often redressing colonial, feminist and wider political histories in the contemporary. This has included a residency programme with the National Trust, a radio show and exhibitions in traditional museum spaces.