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 are free to attend.


Upcoming Events
Booking required


#Desire Lines: Cooperative Cooking with Alicja Rogalska
Tuesday 27 August, 12 noon - 2pm

Recognising food preparation as an ideal methodology for bringing people together and honing collaboration, Alicja Rogalska invites you to join her in preparing, cooking and enjoying a shared meal. Over lunch the artist will be discussing diversity, dilemmas, compromise and resourcefulness.

Part Desire Lines, taking as its starting point the rich heritage of the co-operative movement in Lincoln.

#Shabnam Shabazi 
Thursday 5 September, 12 noon - 2pm

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 noon – 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.