‘Culture is everywhere, constituting itself through the way we do things together’ – Kathrin Böhm, 2018.
Mansions of the Future Inaugural Artist in Residence Kathrin Böhm produced the concept and design for the ground floor of our building and a structure for the first year of programming. Her commission Culture is a Verb equipped the building for public use and discussion around local culture through action to find out, mix and publish what’s happening culturally in Lincoln and nearby. A civic place that evolves over time and through usage, where everyday culture, local history and contemporary art meet and merge.
Mansions of the Future aims to inspire a new model of excellence, combining exemplary practice in socially engaged art with the development of extraordinary relationships and partnerships across the region and beyond. We believe in the potential of art and culture to support collaboration, cultural change and empowerment, creating art that is generous and generative.
Mansions of the Future was conceived by curatorial and communications agency Thirteen Ways.
The programme title Mansions of the Future references The Difference, a 2015 project in Lincoln by Artist Ruth Ewan curated by Gymnasium Projects. Taking its cue from Lincoln’s historic connections with the Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest and working with Meadows Primary School young people articulated their own demands of the world. In thinking about an ideal place one young person proposed that “we will share the mansions of the future".