Culture is a Verb

Our inaugural artist Kathrin Böhm has collaboratively developed a concept and design for the ground floor of our building. Her work Culture is a Verb equips the building for a public discussion about local culture through action. A civic place that evolves over time and through usage, where everyday culture, local history and contemporary art meet and merge. Böhm’s design proposes different functions for each room, to find out, mix and publish what’s happening culturally in Lincoln and nearby. Like a newspaper, the building remains the same structure, but the content changes

Every week – Drop in's

Thursday to Saturday from 11am - 5pm

Stitch and Sew, Thursdays, 12 noon - 2pm

Your Ideas for the Building, Fridays, 2 - 3pm

Kids Club, Saturdays, 12 noon - 3pm

Timings may vary, check our social media for updates regarding details, themes and one-off artist led workshops.

Now it is Permitted

On now

Bridget Smith has installed visionary statements from invited artists, writers, musicians, playwrights and filmmakers, inspired by Emanuel Swedenborg - an 18th century visionary - across Lincoln’s public realm. These ‘wayside pulpits’ offer ways of thinking about how to live in uncertain times. The visionary statements come from leading visual artists - Jeremy Deller, Gavin Turk, Bob & Roberta Smith - to authors Rae Earl and Ali Smith, musician Robert Wyatt & filmmaker Bonnie Wright


DIY Summer School
Culture is a Verb

DEADLINE Wednesday 18 July

Tuesday 28 August – Saturday 1 September

Mansions of the Future, Lincoln

Curated by Kathrin Böhm & Tom James

FREE to apply, deadline passed

Culture is a verb – it’s something that we can do ourselves, grow ourselves, make happen. 

This week-long summer school brings together practitioners from across the country to lead a series of workshops on Doing It Yourself – from self-publishing to self-organising, from taking over buildings to building your own technology. Tutors include utopian regeneration agency Spacemakers, social enterprise architecture practice Studio Polpo, and local arts collective General Practice.


Medusa's Ankles by Bonnie Wright

Watch now on BBC iPlayer

Having premiered at Sincil Salon in Lincoln as part of Mansions of the Future's first season Medusa's Ankles is now available to watch on BBC iPlayer. This short film by director Bonnie Wright  starring Kerry Fox and Jason Isaacs addresses the shifts in power and the visibility of women in middle age. Medusa's Ankles is an adaptation of AS Byatt's story which explores the relationship of a middle-aged university lecturer and a salon owner. 

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DIY Furniture Workshop

Friday 20 July, 12 noon - 3pm

Mansions of the Future

FREE workshop, booking required

Artist DJ Simpson will be leading a free DIY furniture making workshop. Join us to learn new skills and make tables and chairs for Mansions of the Future, following the design of Enzo Mari a Italian modernist artist & furniture designer Enzo Mari. Enzo's simple and practical designs drew from the arts & crafts movement.

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Ritual in Blood

2019, details coming soon

Acclaimed actor, playwright, author and director Steven Berkoff stages his Lincoln-inspired play Ritual in Blood with local amateur actors.

The play will be co- directed by local producer Ben Poole and it will be newly adapted for Lincoln. The play explores cultural mistrust based on the story of Little Hugh.

This will be a ticketed play, to register your interest contact us at

Community Lunches
2. "3 courses, 3 pound"
Culture is a Verb

Date tbc

12 noon - 2pm

Mansions of the Future

FREE, booking required

For the second community lunch Mint Lane Cafe will lead an open discussion around social eating and how to create healthy and affordable meals, while demonstrating how to make one simple dish.

Mint Lane Cafe is a social eating space providing a warm welcome to the well-being centre of Lincoln. It uses retail surplus food to create healthy and affordable meals alongside purposeful and creative activities.



Buildings for Radical Culture

Saturday 14 July, 11.30am - 4pm

Mansions of the Future, Lincoln

FREE, booking required for some aspects

Join us to celebrate Artist Kathrin Böhm’s architectural commission Culture is a Verb and Bridget Smith’s public installation Now it is Permitted. Inaugural artworks for Mansions of the Future, a radical new cultural programme and experimental space for everyday culture, curated and commissioned by Thirteen Ways.

RSVP by Friday 13 July to


The Lincolnshire Show

Wednesday 20 - Thursday 21 June

9am - 5.30pm

Lincolnshire Showground

The Lincolnshire Show is a celebration of all things Lincolnshire including agriculture, heritage, history, music, food and drink, and, especially for 2018, the RAF.

Collaborating with Lincolnshire Life, we are hosting a drinks lab where you can taste a variety of local made cordials and guess the flavour, enter our pea and mint cordial naming competition and her more about Mansions of the Future and our upcoming scything and haystack building activities.

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Community Open Day

Friday 1 - Saturday 2 June

11am - 5pm

Mansions of the Future

We would love to meet you, your community and organisation. So, why not pop in to say hello and have a look around our building  on our special community open days on 1st and 2nd June anytime between 11am and 5pm.

Our inaugural artist, Kathrin Böhm, and her team will be here, and you could join in to make Elderflower cordial, DIY furniture and posters.

We will be here with cups of tea, a welcoming smile and time to chat. We look forward to meeting you all!

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Community Haystacks Culture is a Verb

Saturday 7 July, 10am - 4.30pm

West Common, Lincoln

Community Haystacks is a celebration of ancient common land in Lincoln, the West Common. It brings together residents to recreate the pre-mechanical hay harvest & revive traditions of scything & commoning. ‘Haystacks’ are nomadic events held to present & talk about rural issues & practices in urban places. The series started in 2013 organised by Kathrin Böhm, inaugural artist at Mansions of the Future

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Call for Applicants
Artist & Creative Associates

Artist Deadline : 29 May 2018

Creatives Organisation Deadline:  5 June 2018

FREE to apply

Applications are invited from Lincolnshire-based artists, creatives and cultural groups for four Associates for 12-months. Successful applicants will be awarded free studio space in the Mansion of the Future. Associates will contribute to the ethos of the programme. 


Medusa's Ankles
Directed by Bonnie Wright

Thursday 24 - Saturday  26 May

11am - 4.30pm

Sincil Salon, 27 Sincil St.

FREE, booking required

Inspired by a short story by Man Booker Prize winning author A.S Byatt, Medusa’s Ankles, is a short film by Bonnie Wright, staring Kerry Fox, Jason Isaacs & Chanel Cresswell. The story follows the experiences of a middle-aged university lecturer as she visits a beauty salon. A copy of French artist Matisse’s painting, "Rosy Nude" attracts her into the salon. The film points out the many differences in the way we view ourselves and the way in which we are viewed by others.

This is an opportunity to see the film screened in a salon, whilst hair is washed, cut and dyed around you. 

Community Lunches
1. Growing
Culture is a Verb

Thursday 28 June

12 noon - 2pm

Mansions of the Future

FREE, booking required

For the first community lunch at Mansions of the Future on Thursday 28 June from 12-2pm we are inviting Lincoln residents who are actively involved in growing and thinking food on a number of levels, from running community allotments, to therapeutic growing, no-food-waste initiatives and rethinking food systems.


DIY Furniture Workshop

Saturday 2 June, 2 - 4pm

Mansions of the Future

FREE drop-in workshop

Artist DJ Simpson will be leading a free DIY furniture making workshop. Join us to learn new skills and make a set of chairs for Mansions of the Future, following the design of Enzo Mari a Italian modernist artist & furniture designer Enzo Mari. Enzo's simple and practical designs drew from the arts & crafts movement.