Who We Are
Heritage Arts is a multi-disciplinary arts producer founded in 2007 by David Wright and Tim Wilson. Over the past 13 years, Heritage Arts has established itself as one of the UK’s leading producers specialising in the creation and producing of unique theatrical live events and in the development of emerging and mid-career artists.
In 2012, we founded the critically-acclaimed VAULT Festival which has grown over 1050% its original size in 8 years. VAULT Festival is the UK’s leading independent showcase of live performance and artistic talent; featuring thousands of sensational performances across Theatre, Comedy, & Live Entertainment, made by the most exciting and boldest artists of our time. Set in bespokely created venues across the heart of Waterloo, the festival bursts to life for 8 glorious weeks of joyous creativity; adding vibrance and colour to the otherwise dreary deep winter months.
We’re based in London but work with artists & collaborators from all around the World.
What We Do
We make, we support, we produce, we write, we direct, we devise, we collaborate. We design, we cast, we build, we advise, we plan, we budget, we create.
Over the years we have made & produced Immersive, West End, and Off-West End theatre shows, vast performance festivals, escape games, live music, bespoke gallery installations, set & space designs, educational experiences, radio plays, & bespoke marketing events.
We’ve created work for: The National Theatre, the Battersea Arts Centre, Punchdrunk, Shunt, Secret Cinema, The British Fashion Council, Google’s Niantic Labs, Wilderness Festival, King’s Cultural Institute, Camp Bestival, Harrods, Sky Atlantic, The Hospital Club, the Old Vic Tunnels, Hammer Horror, The Medical Research Council, Ron Arad, The Roundhouse, English Heritage, & more.
Whilst also working on bespoke events & campaigns for Vodafone, Schweppes, the BFI, Google, Stella Artois, Jaguar Land Rover, The Co-Op, Pimm’s, Jura, Ferrero Rocher, and others.
Mat’s been with the company since their debut production Where Soldiers Sleep in 2008. Since then, he’s directed, written or produced creative projects for English Heritage, Sky Atlantic, Secret Cinema, Wilderness, Standon Calling, the Shunt Lounge, Google’s Niantic Labs, the Medical Research Council & others.
In 2012, Heritage Arts created London’s VAULT Festival, “one of the UK’s most significant festivals” (The Stage), which will celebrate its 10th Anniversary in 2022. Together, Mat & Andy oversee all the Festival’s operations, with Mat’s particular focus lying in communications, ticketing, data analysis and enormous spreadsheets.
Mat also works as a freelance creative project consultant specialising in innovative events & marketing activities. He’s worked on campaigns for Vodafone, Schweppe’s, The Co-Op, Ferrero Rocher, Pimm’s, Jura, and others. He’s worked in the West End with Genesius/Promenade (South Pacific, Barbican, 2011) and Nick Brooke Ltd.
As a result of his work in UK Arts and Theatre, he is a visiting lecturer at London Metropolitan University where he teaches “Marketing The Arts”, and a dissertation tutor at the Urdang Academy in Central London.
He performs his own poetry whenever he is allowed, and has occasionally written for the stage (“quick, sharp, smart and funny” – Everything Theatre on The Fitting Room at Southwark Playhouse). He loves running, reading, musicals and videogames, and still likes to mention that he once appeared on a Guardian Culture Professionals panel discussing the intersection of gaming and theatre.
Andy joined Heritage Arts in 2012, for their production of Silent Opera’s L’Orfeo. Since then, he’s been producing and managing epic immersive productions, complex site-specific experiences, West End, National & International Touring shows, and a wide-ranging portfolio of performance festivals. Select highlights include the Olivier Award nominated Alice’s Adventures Underground (2015, 2017 & Shanghai), the Olivier Award nominated You Me Bum Bum Train (2011, 2012, 2015), seven editions of the critically acclaimed VAULT Festival (2014-2020), and Belarus Free Theatre’s international hit, Burning Doors.
In 2012, Heritage Arts created London’s VAULT Festival, “one of the UK’s most significant festivals” (The Stage), which will celebrate its 10th Anniversary in 2022. Together, Mat & Andy oversee all the Festival’s operations, with Andy’s particular focus lying in programming, budgeting, production, and logistics.
Andy also works as a Creative Project Consultant specialising in innovative events & marketing activities creating shows & experiences for the BFI, Secret Cinema, Google, London Fashion Week, Stella Artois, Jaguar Land Rover, Westfield London, and Ferrero Rocher.
Alongside his producing work, he has been a guest lecturer and mentor at the Central School of Speech & Drama, St Mary’s University, London Metropolitan University, and the London International Theatre Management Summer School.
Outside of work, Andy is a Director, Devisor, & Collaborative Creator of shows, and loves running, walking, and being outdoors. He builds furniture for his tiny flat, loves taking things apart and failing to fix them, and cooks the best scrambled eggs (even though he doesn’t eat them anymore!). He’s passionate about social change and driven by wanting to create a more accessible, more inclusive, & more sustainable world for everyone to live in, and enjoy.