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.

Upcoming Events

#SHEAriq presents Ngou Lekka
Thursday 25 July, 12 noon - 2pm

SHEAfriq are a collective of Nottingham-based female artists & creatives of African heritage. Join Aicha Daffe & Saziso Phiri for Ngou Lekka – a special lunch in which they discuss how they turned their marginal experiences into a platform that celebrates black female creatives. Part of our monthly Communal Lunches programme.

#Rachel Pimm
Thursday 15 August, 12 noon - 2pm

A communal lunch exploring geophagy; a widespread but understudied & culturally misunderstood practice of consuming rocks, salts & soils - by humans & animal alike. Rachel makes work around transforming ecologies & ecosystems & their politics & materialities.

#Shabnam Shabazi 
Thursday 5 September

Shabnam Shabazi has a solo & collaborative practice. Blurring art forms & taking a non - hierarchical person/artist centred approach are vital to her practice.  Her diverse output of work includes: performance, object, video & sound.Memories, rituals, journeys, the spaces ‘in between’ art forms & cultures animate her practice.  

# Equality, Disability & Diversity: Volunteer Masterclass
Thursday 17 October, 12 – 2pm

Join Jo Tolley, a public speaker & activist to discuss Equality, Disability & Diversity. Jo believes that being in a wheelchair does not define her & feels that education, integration & disability rights are at the forefront of provoking positive change. Part of our Volunteer Masterclass Programme, therefore MotF volunteers will be given priority.