About

CommonAs are:

  • Lesley Farrell, Project Manager and Co-curator
  • Darren Diss, Curatorial Advisor

Working with artistic practitioners to develop  new creative work around institutions with compelling social history.

CommonAs is a cultural collective creating projects that respond to sites of social heritage. We are interested in silent histories and the identities of the ordinary man and woman and in exploring how the sense of connection with the past, that is so often conveyed through objects, can be captured in other forms.

Lesley Farrell has extensive experience of curating and managing contemporary art projects for organisation such as Focal Point Gallery, The Collection, Lincoln, The Art House, Wakefield, Wakefield Artwalk and the 2012 World Event Young Artists festival, in Nottingham. Darren Diss is an educator, extensively published illustrator and curator, and is curatorial advisor to CommonAs.

Comments from recent participants and partners in our projects:

For me it has been a great experience. I have been a reseracher here for 19 years. It is easy to get stuck in a rut. This project has given me new insights into how some of the research can be used in new ways. .. It has been good to work with him and CommonAs – Lesley & Darren. They have been inspiring to us and I think we have been a valuable source for them. – Volunteer Researcher for the National Trust at The Workhouse, Southwell

Marvellous.The personalities of the organisers and the creative people made it a compelling project. The whole team were very welcoming and it was obvious to all how engaged they were. Thank you.  – Volunteer for the National Trust at The Workhouse, Southwell

I was pleasantly surprised by the number of volunteers who got involved with the project and delighted with the variety of responses to those contributions by Chris TT. The concert was particularly enjoyable – the songs were particularly moving in the workhouse setting. – National Trust Staff Member

It felt very true to the research about people in and of The Workhouse but with a modern edge, making more widely relevant or accessible today. – Freelance Consultant Curator for The National Trust