Photography: Sussie Ahlburg and Jim Stephenson

Unravelled is an arts organisation led by Polly Harknett, Caitlin Heffernan and Matt Smith. We celebrate innovation in the arts by working across fine art and craft practice and by offering exhibition opportunities in historic houses where artists and makers can explore how art can evoke histories, stories and a sense of place.

Funded by the Arts Council England, we are currently working with the National Trust on a three-year project developing exhibitions for three properties in the South East.

We also organise workshops, talks and symposia that encourage dialogue, debate and collaboration between artists who might not otherwise work together. Our objective is to inspire novel ideas and ways of working and give artists, makers and the heritage sector the chance to explore new contexts, new challenges and new audiences.

If you would like to be kept up to date with our work, and opportunities, or if you have a general enquiry, please email us at

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