It Takes a Decade by Natasha Davis for the Morton Hall Big Walk

Image from Natasha Davis' installation Unrooted

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Starting at Lincoln Castle, Castle Hill, Lincoln LN1 3AA
The walk is not suitable for those under 12 years of age.
Events taking place at MotF are suitable for all ages.

As part of Mansions of the Future’s Lincoln Live programme & in partnership with the Justice Arts & Migration Network artist Natasha Davis will lead a 12 mile walk from Lincoln Castle (Lincoln’s Victorian Prison) to Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre (Swinderby, Lincolnshire). Natasha’s commission – It Takes a Decade – will be supported by a new work from Jane Olson, following an open call for applications.

The ancient practices of pilgrimage and walking the walls, beating the bounds, will be re-oriented to an acknowledgment of how the policy of detention without trial plays out in real time for real people in our own county. The walk will not mimic or replicate the work and activities of existing protest and asylum support organisations but will be a collective action, response and acknowledgement of the detention / removal centre and the lives within. 

Morton Hall is an Immigration Removal Centre located in the village of Morton Hall in Lincolnshire, UK. The centre is operated by Her Majesty’s Prison Service and was previously a women’s prison. In 2011 Morton Hall was re-opened as an Immigration Removal Centre, holding adult males awaiting deportation. The centre was formally opened by then Immigration Minister Damian Green.

More details about the event and the schedule for the day will be shared nearer to the time of the walk. Mansions of the Future will continue to review this event in line with developing government advice in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Natasha Davis’ work is regularly made in collaboration and is often site-specific; she explores body, memory, identity, migration and displacement, working across performance, installation, film and publication. Her work has been shown in the UK (at institutions including National Theatre Studio, Tate Modern, V&A Museum, Birmingham Rep, Rich Mix London, Barbican Plymouth, Playhouse Derry, Capstone Liverpool, Colchester Arts Centre) and internationally in Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Serbia, USA, Canada, Australia, India, China, and South Africa (at venues such as Power Station of Arts Shanghai, Project Arts Centre Dublin, Point Centre for Contemporary Art Nicosia and Theatre Works Melbourne). 

In 2019 Natasha was commissioned by Future Arts Centres in collaboration with Live Collision, Dublin; ARC Stockton and Lincoln Drill Hall to create Welcome Town. Her work is featured in Traces, a public project about migrant artists significantly contributing to UK arts.

Jane Olson is a Musician, Composer and Sound Artist based in the East Midlands.  She is inspired by the complex interactions we have with our environment, with each other, and our changing relationships with spirituality and nature.  Through her work she seeks to engage her audience in a sometimes challenging discourse, to stimulate thought and expose emotions through sound.  

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