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 by David Wright and Tim Wilson, 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.
Mat Burtcher is a writer, occasional director and accidental producer. He has been with the company since their debut production Where Soldiers Sleep in 2008. Under his direction, the Heritage Arts team have created events and performances for Secret Cinema, Wilderness, Standon Calling, the Shunt Lounge, Sky Atlantic, Google’s Niantic Labs, the Medical Research Council & other organisations & brands.
He performs his own poetry whenever he is allowed, and his short play The Fitting Room was produced at Southwark Playhouse (“quick, sharp, smart and funny” – Everything Theatre). Other writing credits include Where Soldiers Sleep (Landguard Fort, Felixstowe), The Holiday Cycle (with Johnny Flynn, Shunt), and Photo 51: DNA (Somerset House, 2013).
He lectures on Marketing The Arts at London Metropolitan University and has 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, his favourite topic.
Andy has been a bedrock of Heritage Arts since joining the company in 2012 for Silent Opera’s L’Orfeo.
Andy’s experience lies in the producing and production managing of epic immersive experiences and complex site-specific productions including the Olivier Award nominated Alice’s Adventures Underground (2015, 2017 & Shanghai), the Olivier Award nominated You Me Bum Bum Train (2011, 2012, 2015), and seven editions of the critically acclaimed VAULT Festival (2014-2020).