Kathrin Böhm is a London based artist working internationally. Her collaborative work focuses on collective (re-)production of public space, trade as public realm & the everyday as a starting point for culture. She is a founding member of the international artist group Myvillages and art and architecture collective Public Works. In 2014 she set up Company Drinks, an ongoing artwork in the shape of a community drinks enterprise.
Culture is a Verb is the first architectural commission for Kathrin Böhm, where her ideas for co-mmoning, co-working, co-making & co-using can be explored in one place. It is both retrospective & prospective, bringing together her interests in connecting & creating economies of localism, food production, co-working & sharing.
Ruth Beale’s practice considers the evocative relationships between culture, governance, social discourse & representation. A form of socialised questioning, it includes performance, writing, collecting, drawing & socially-engaged processes.
In Lincoln, Ruth Beale has been inspired by the Magna Carta & the Charter of the Forest & their distinction of ‘free men’ & ‘the unfree’, to explore the legal and social structures around the concept of freedom. She is interested in how a person’s sense & experience of freedom might be affected by their class, wealth, race or gender, by access to employment, education, health services & housing, by their right to vote, or their right to live & work in the UK. Ruth Beale is working as a commissioned artist with Mansions of the Future throughout 2019.
Bridget Smith is an artist working with still & moving images on projects which address our struggle to feel connected: within society, the landscape and the wider universe. She has exhibited nationally & internationally, including solo exhibitions at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, & Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea. She is represented by Frith Street Gallery in London.
For Mansions of the Future, Bridget Smith has made a series of billboards & hoardings featuring commissioned visionary statements from invited artists, writers, musicians, playwrights & filmmakers - all inspired by 18th century visionary Emanuel Swedenborg’s outlook on power & spirituality. Statements come from artists - Jeremy Deller & Bob & Roberta Smith - to authors Rae Earl & Ali Smith.
Liz Davis trained at Central St Martins, University of the Arts London. Her practice includes painting, collage & mixed media. She is committed to preserving and protecting the surviving remnants of the wild world and recording what we are in the process of losing.
Liz Davis presented her intimate exhibition, Wild City, at Mansions of the Future. Wild City is a study of plants that thrive at the margins charting changes in flora & demonstrating an artist’s skill of close looking. This ongoing series of work by Liz is a protest against the destruction of our natural world and a plea to protect it. Wild City was supported by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.
More information on Wild City can be found here
Ayisha de Lanerolle
Ayisha de Lanerolle, is Mansions of the Future's Director of Fundamental Questions. She has been looking across the city for those questions that the people of Lincoln feel moved to ask and can explore together. She has worked with groups from Lincoln's Witham Priory Academy and Pembrooke Priory Academy to lead a series of philosophic inquiries.
Ayisha de Lanerolle specialises in using philosophical inquiry for the arts, education and cultural sectors. Her company, Conversation Agency, aims to provide the opportunity for young and old to engage with big ideas in a stimulating joyful, playful and creative way.
OOMK (One Of My Kind)
OOMK (One Of My Kind) was a tutor on the DIY Summer School 2018. OOMK is a collaborative publishing practice based in London led by Rose Nordin, Sofia Niazi & Heiba Lamara with a focus on self-publishing & education. They make, publish and distribute books and printed works, which arise from self-initiated projects & act as a platform for championing work by Muslim women.
OOMK Zine is a highly visual, handcrafted small-press publication. Printed biannually, its content pivots upon the imaginations, creativity & spirituality of women. They commission works by women artists & co-curate DIY Cultures, one of the UK’s largest annual independent publishing fairs.
Tom James co-curatored the Mansions of the Future DIY Summer School 2018. He is a writer & artist who creates projects and publications that aim to change the way people think about the structures, places and ideas around them. He is primarily involved trying to prepare people better for the bitter, barren future we’re creating for our children. Tom’s fanzine project, GO, is part of the permanent collection of the V&A.
Tom is also part of Spacemakers with Matt Weston, a utopian regeneration agency that uses urban regeneration as a means for good instead of evil.
Studio Polpo were a tutor on the DIY Summer School 2018, delivering a day of workshops with participants. Studio Polpo is a Sheffield based social enterprise architectural practice. They work at the intersection of a number of disciplines to create objects, structures, research and initiatives that can be taken-on and built-upon by others.
Current examples include feasibility studies for ROAR in Rotherham, and the Sheffield CLT. All of Studio Polpo’s projects are underpinned by a desire to work towards social, environmental and economic sustainability.
Bonnie Wright is a is an actor, film director, screenwriter & producer. Best known for playing Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter film series. Subsequent acting roles include The Sea with Charlotte Rampling & The Highway is for Gamblers, directed by Alexandra McGuinness. She founded her production company, Bon Bon Lumiere, in 2012.
Bonnie Wright's film, Medusa’s Ankles, premiered uniquely as a free public installation in a Lincoln hair salon on Sincil Street. Medusa's Ankles is an adaptation of Man Booker prize winning author A S Byatt's short story inspired by Matisse’s Rosy Nude.
Ben Poole, actor, director and producer, is renowned for his series of musical theatre productions which have been presented in Lincoln Cathedral to critical acclaim. He has pioneered in participatory theatre, adapting musical works to enable amateur actors to participate in technically excellent, immersive productions which dissolve the line between audience & performers. His theatre company ATWAS (‘All the World’s a Stage’) in association with Starring Lincoln Theatre Company will collaborate with Steven Berkoff to present ‘Ritual in Blood.’
Acclaimed actor, playwright, author and director Steven Berkoff, will direct the first play he authored, Ritual in Blood, in collaboration with local producer Ben Poole.
The play is set in Lincoln and will be performed by a cast of amateurs and students. Stephen Berkoff studied drama and mime in London and Paris before he entered a series of repertory companies, and in 1968 he formed the London Theatre Group. His plays and adaptations have been performed in many countries and languages.
Fraser Muggeridge founded and is a tutor at Typography Summer School, a programme of typographic study for graduates and professionals, in London and New York. He is a visiting lecturer at The University of Reading & Camberwell College of Art. Fraser Muggeridge Studio prioritises artists’ and writers’ content allowing images & texts to sustain intent and impact.
Fraser Muggeridge collaborated with students from the The Priory Pembroke Academy & Lincoln College to develop the Project’s graphic identity.