Communal Lunch with Arianne Churchman

Image courtesy & copyright Arianne Churchman. 

Following the outbreak of COVID-19 this event has now been rescheduled. In light of uncertainty around the ongoing situation we will not be taking bookings for events until Mansions of the Future reopens. Please join our mailing list to remain up to date with programme news. 

Inspired by the Derbyshire tradition of Well Dressing artist Arianne Churchman will present sites for cross-pollination and overlapping histories. These sites or portals will transport us, encouraging engagement with the ancient water and the histories of spirits that dwell within. 

Arianne’s Communal Lunch will include a host of ‘well portals’ leading to a series of different liquid foods and drinks that connect to form a *cyclical map. Each portal will represent a seasonal custom and together these sites will form a complete seasonal round. Throughout the meal we will visit and activate each portal in turn by collectively reading or singing a ritual, before consuming its liquid contents. 

*Cyclical events happen in a particular order, one following the other, and are often repeated.

Arianne Churchman (b.1988, Suffolk) is a London based artist whose work traverses video, performance and sound. Her practice concerns British folklore, customs and beliefs, which she uses as material to create new ritual assemblages that invoke speculative futures from the past. Arianne holds an MFA in Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, and a BA in Fine Art from the University of Reading. Recent exhibitions and performances include Folkloric Wormhole, Xero, Kline and Coma, London; Live Event with Benedict Drew, Arianne Churchman and Potato Band, iMT Gallery, London; Fungal Mumming (in collaboration with AAS), The Intimate Space, London; Works From the Hallucinated Archive, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham; The Art of Magic, The Horse Hospital, London; HORSE-PLAY, Nottingham Castle, Nottingham. Arianne has twice been an artist in residence at Metal, Peterborough, first for Metal Harvest and secondly in collaboration with Chloe Langlois for the Arts Council funded project New Henge Heritage. She frequently releases sound works and collaborates with the record label the Folklore Tapes and her sound works have been played on BBC Radio 3, NTS and Resonance FM. She often collaborates with other artists and musicians including Chloe Langlois, Sharron Kraus and AAS.


This project is part of Mansions of the Future’s Lincoln Live programme March – August 2020 (Season extended in response to COVID-19). Departing from Lincoln’s rich entertainment and theatre history, Lincoln Live features new commissions which exist at the intersections of disciplinary boundaries. The season is a celebration of performative ventures that stand resolutely marginal to both the history of English theatre and the often exclusive, disciplinary rhetoric of contemporary performance art. 

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