The free, monthly Communal Lunches programme invites artists, local community groups, writers, academics and creative practitioners to bring people together, create new networks and inspire new thinking and debate, through the universal gesture of conversation over a shared meal.

Communal Lunches formed part of Inaugural Artist Kathrin Böhm's Culture is a Verb commission for Mansions of the Future, with a pilot season focusing on rural practices, discursive sessions, co-learning and co-making. Communal Lunches brought together Kathrin’s interests in connecting and creating economies of localism, food production, co-working and sharing, themes also explored in Company Drinks, an ongoing artwork in the shape of a community drinks enterprise run by Kathrin, Cam Jarvis, Pip Field, Oribi Davies and Tracky Crombie.

As an essential and ongoing legacy for Kathrin’s Culture is a Verb commission, Mansions of the Future is continuing to deliver and develop the Communal Lunches programme. Throughout 2019 and in to 2020, Mansions of the Future will engage regional and national artists and collectives exploring ecologies, politics, ritual, wellbeing, culture and place making by connecting the sensory with materiality and considering relationships between individual experience and shared actions or environments.

All of our communal lunches events are free to attend. For information on upcoming Communal Lunches and events, please check our What’s on page and sign up to our Mailing List.