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’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.