Ruth Beale - Freedom: Public Conversations


All the Banners (Silent) by Ruth Beale
20 February - 30 March 2019
Open during during events & activities

Artist Ruth Beale is exhibiting a series of protest banners inspired by real banners from protests & rallies including Justice for Grenfell, Suffragette marches & the pit closures.

Alongside this, Beale is organising a programme of events exploring different ideas around freedom. Part of an ongoing commission with Mansions of the Future taking place over 2019.

Migration, Brexit & freedom of movement
Saturday 30 March, 12noon - 2pm
Booking required

We will discuss ideas around migration, Brexit and freedom of movement, and how these impact on people’s lives. The lunch will be a selection of polish delicacies including beetroot soup, potato pancakes and cabbage (with and without meat).

This talk is part of Freedom: Public Conversations a programme of events & discussions organised by Ruth Beale, exploring ideas around freedom.




Kids Club
Saturdays, 10am – 12 noon
Drop in

Bring the family & join us any or every Saturday for a different fun and creative workshop. We could be doing anything from tote bag designs to, pasta making to ceramics.

These sessions are free & open to all, some sessions will be hosted by the National Saturday Club, aimed at young adults aged 13 - 17 years.

Ruth Charnock: Writing & …
19 & 28 March, 4, 11, 18 & 26 April, 6pm – 7.30pm
Booking required

In this six-week creative writing course from writer, academic & Associate Artist Dr Ruth Charnock you will explore writing and creativity more broadly. Each week, we’ll think about writing in combination with another art-form & / or idea.

Classes run from 21 March and take place over six weeks, participation in all 6 sessions is required. Please bring a notebook and pen. 


There’s No Place Like Home: Justice, Migration & the Arts


There’s No Place Like Home: 
Justice, Migration & the Arts
Wednesday 24 – Friday 26 April 2019

A three-day event addressing the relationship between migration, detention and the arts. There’s No Place Like Home brings together international award-winning artists who have documented their own journey, with academics who have worked with narratives of global migration. The event will comprise of an exhibition, a series of workshops, talks, screenings, readings & a symposium. 

There’s No Place Like Home
Remain by Hoda Afshar 
24 April – Saturday 1 June 2019
Open during events, workshops & talks

Hoda Afshar (winner of Bowness Prize) was born in Tehran, Iran (1983) & is now based in Melbourne, Australia. In 2017 she visited Manus Island and worked closely with detainees, using photography and film to document the lives of detained refugees including Behrouz Boochani a Kurdish Iranian writer who sought refuge in Australia.

There’s No Place Like Home
Wednesday 24 April, 10am – 11.15 noon
booking required 

Behrouz Boochani is a Kurdish Iranian writer who sought refuge in Australia but was instead sent to the country’s notorious offshore detention centre on Manus Island, where he is still detained. Boochani’s Manus Island memoir, No Friend But the Mountains (2018), bridges activism & art. Stephanie Hemelryk Donald will introduce Boochani, who will speak live from Manus Island via WhatsApp.


There’s No Place Like Home:
No Friend But the Mountains (2018)
24 April, 10am – 12 noon & 25 April, 2 – 4pm
Free, drop in

Actors & performers will read from Behrouz Boochani’s Manus Island memoir, No Friend But the Mountains (2018)Boochani is a Kurdish Iranian writer who sought refuge in Australia but was instead sent to the country’s notorious detention centre on Manus Island where he is still detained. 

There’s No Place Like Home
24 & 25 April, 1pm – 2pm
Free, drop in

A new composition will be performed in the space, created in response to Boochani’s work and supporting texts including There’s No Place Like Home: The Migrant Child in World Cinema (2018) by Stephanie Hemelryk Donald and works by John Erni and Dominic Symonds. Their works deal with justice, arts and migration in the modern world.

There’s No Place Like Home
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Workshops led by practitioners, including photographer Hoda Afshar & poet Daniele Pantano, will connect East Midlands based emergent performers, writers & artists to the ideas explored in Afshar & Boochani’s work and supporting texts. Participants will also attend talks, readings & performances taking place.


There’s No Place Like Home
Wednesday 24 April, 5pm – 6pm
booking required 

Hoda Afshar (winner of 2018 Bowness Prize) was born in Tehran (1983) & is now based in Melbourne. Working across photography and moving image, she considers representation of gender, marginality & displacement. In 2017 she visited Manus Island & worked closely with detainees.

Part of Wednesday Sessions, a programme of talks at Mansions of the Future.

There’s No Place Like Home
Omid Tofighian: Talk
Thursday 25 April 2019, 12 noon – 1pm
booking required 

 Omid Tofighian is a lecturer, researcher and community advocate, combining philosophy with interests in citizen media, rhetoric, religion, popular culture, transnationalism, displacement and discrimination. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the American University in Cairo, 

He is author of Myth and Philosophy in Platonic Dialogues & translator of Boochani's memoir. 

There’s No Place Like Home
Remain: Film Screening 
Thursday 25 April, 5pm – 7pm
booking required 

Hoda Afshar (winner of 2018 Bowness Prize) was born in Tehran, Iran (1983). In 2017 she visited Manus Island and worked closely with detainees, using photography and film to document the lives of detained refugees.

Part of Film Club: Freedom, Remain will be introduced by Prof Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, lead organiser of There’s No Place Like Home.  



Ruth Beale: Doing Things Together
Wednesday 27 March, 5pm – 6pm
Booking required

Ruth Beale will speak about her artwork & ongoing commission at Mansions of the Future. Framed by the idea of ‘Doing Things Together’, she will talk about her collaborative art practice, & the different ways she works collaboratively & collectively, using an approach she calls ‘socialised questioning’.

Part of Wednesday Sessions, a 6-month programme of talks at Mansions of the Future. 

Effy Harle: Growing Sideways
Wednesday 10 April, 4pm – 6pm
Booking required (for talk only)

Effy Harle will speak about art practices that stay ‘underground’, often undetected & sheltered from the public eye. Is it possible to develop meaningful art without nurturing the relationships that operate contemporary art institutions?

Join Effy before her talk for a seed and plant swap; drop in to trade vegetable seedlings, flowers & decorative plants. 



Culture is a Verb
by Kathrin Böhm

Inaugural artist Kathrin Böhm has collaboratively developed a concept for the ground floor of our building. Her work Culture is a Verb equips the building for public discussion about local culture.

Böhm’s design proposes different functions for each room, to find out, mix & publish what’s happening culturally in Lincoln. The building remains the same, but the content changes.

Now it is Permitted
by Bridget Smith
On now

Bridget Smith has installed visionary statements from invited artists, writers, musicians & filmmakers across Lincoln’s public realm. These ‘wayside pulpits’ offer ways of thinking about how to live in uncertain times.

Statements come from artists - Jeremy Deller & Bob & Roberta Smith - to authors Rae Earl & Ali Smith, musician Robert Wyatt & filmmaker Bonnie Wright.

Arts Council Funding Advice Surgery
Wednesday 15 May, 4pm - 5pm
Booking required, limited capacity

Daniel Whitehouse will give an overview of Arts Council England’s Project Grants and DYCP (Developing Your Creative Practice) funding, providing helpful information about  both programmes for individuals, art organisations and other people who use the arts in their work.

This is a session for anyone considering applying for funding who wants to find out more.


Ritual in Blood
by Steven Berkoff & Ben Poole
More 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 & 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 please contact


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