The Heritage Arts Company exists to rouse the public imagination through both creating its own work and producing work by others. We employ spectacle to inform, to entertain and to teach. We are an arts company, undertaking all mediums and artforms, but our home is in live performance. Our guiding principles are equality and honesty. Above everything else.
Founded in 2007, the company started life with small scale installations, performances and artistic residencies. Bringing in outside artists to feature as part of our curations started to make more sense, and we enjoyed working in cross-disciplinary art. Festival work increased the scope of this, and brought us to where we are today. We are based in London but we use artists and designers from all over the world.
What Do We Actually Do?
We have made or produced live music, radio plays, straight theatre, modern dance, gallery installations, set design and installation, multiplayer games, stand-up comedy, horticulture, educational experiences and the VAULT Festival – the largest arts festival of its kind in London. We’ve worked with, or created work for, the Battersea Arts Centre, The National Theatre, Punchdrunk, The Shunt Lounge, Secret Cinema, The British Fashion Council, Google’s Niantic Labs, Atlas Obscura, King’s Cultural Institute, Lumin, Camp Bestival, The Insider Festival, Harrods, Sky Atlantic, The Hospital Club, Lily Vanilli, the Old Vic Tunnels, IdeasTap, Hammer Horror, The Flicker Club, The Medical Research Council, Ron Arad, The Roundhouse, English Heritage, & more.
Tim founded HAC in 2007. As Creative Producer he leads all the company’s major artistic and entrepreneurial projects from inception to delivery. He trained internationally in London and Havana in Literature, Theatrical Direction & Music. From creative or curating roles with Punchdrunk, Shunt Lounge, and Standon Calling, he has also been a Creative Producer of multi-disciplinary and festival work for The Old Vic, Ideastap, Roundhouse & Ron Arad. He’s provided arts entrepreneurship activities to Ralph Applebaum Associates, London Metropolitan University, TedxTalks, Silent Opera, and many emerging artistic groups. He founded VAULT Arts Festival in 2012, after creating two festivals for IdeasTap. He is Associate Producer of touring and West End theatre with PW Productions, attended the EFA Festival Directors Atelier in 2014 and is an advisor to the creative strategy group A Soul For Europe.
Mat Burt joined the company for their debut production Where Soldiers Sleep in 2008. Under his direction, the Heritage Arts team have created events and performances for Secret Cinema, the Shunt Lounge, Sky Atlantic, Google’s Niantic Labs and the Medical Research Council, among others. His short play The Fitting Room was produced at Southwark Playhouse in August 2013 (“quick, sharp, smart and funny” – Everything Theatre). Previous writing credits includeWhere Soldiers Sleep (Felixstowe, 2008), The Holiday Cycle (with Johnny Flynn, Shunt, 2009), and Photo 51: DNA (Somerset House, 2013). He’s worked in the West End with Genesius/Promenade (South Pacific, Barbican, 2011) and Nick Brooke Ltd, and appeared on a Guardian Culture Professionals panel discussing the intersection of gaming and theatre in 2012.
Head of Production
Andy has been the practical bedrock of Heritage Arts since joining the company in 2012 as Technical Production Manager for Silent Opera’s L’Orfeo. A proficient and versatile production manager who specialises in site-specific events, Andy is vastly experienced in managing shows of epic and ambitious proportions (including You Me Bum Bum Train) often in inhospitable environments such as derelict warehouses, disused office blocks, and festival sites (such as Standon Calling and Winterwell), and is production manager for a major upcoming Central London event. Andy created HAC’s installation The Boiler House at London Met, creating a multi-disciplinary space from an old facilities building, as well as consulting with numerous agencies and producers on innovative work.