Artist and neon maker Julia Bickerstaff very kindly allowed us to photograph her recently as she worked on the neon sign that will form the centre of our installation, Pioneer, for Gunby Hall & Gardens‘ Orchard Gallery in August. It was fascinating to watch her work and to hear all about the process. We can’t wait to see the finished sign.
We had great fun recently creating ideas for mocktails with the volunteers and staff at Gunby Hall & Gardens. The workshop, led for us by Laurence and Lynsey of Blocktails, was part of our project ‘Pioneer’ exploring the life of Emily Massingberd. Emily was a passionate campaigner for the temperance movement and established a number of temperance bars, so with the expert help of Laurence and Lynsey we set out to create our own ideas for temperance drinks.
The volunteer and staff created recipes will form part of an installation planned for Gunby’s Orchard Gallery for August.
We are delighted that our forthcoming project, Pioneer, with Gunby Estate, Hall and Gardens is being featured as part of In Another Place.
In Another Place is a celebration of contemporary art produced and presented by venues in the East Midlands.
10 regional organisations have invited visual artists to present original artworks on advertising billboards in a range of locations for 6 weeks. Transforming these everyday hoardings into a vibrant display across the region, In Another Place aims to bring art to audiences, in places where normally they would see advertising.
In Another Place is a collaboration between the Contemporary Visual Arts Network East Midlands and ten venues bringing new art to new audiences.
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For our latest project we are exploring the life of the inspirational Emily Langton Massingberd, women’s rights campaigner and former owner of Gunby Hall Estate and Gardens. The project is being supported by the National Trust and forms part of their 2018 year long celebration of Women and Power, marking the centenary of female suffrage.
We are planning to create an installation in Gunby Hall’s Orchard Gallery for August 2018 celebrating the spirit and achievements of this pioneering 19th century female, whose mark can still be seen around the Gunby Estate today. Founder of the first female members’ club, The Pioneer Club, social campaigner and ardent temperance activist, her time in Lincolnshire saw her narrowly miss obtaining a seat in the first County Council Elections in 1889, for which, as a landowner she was able to stand.
Gathering research material at Gunby Hall’s Ice House Pond
After a busy couple of days installing, the culmination of our latest partnership project, Michael Sanders’ exhibition ‘Us, A Gunby Estate Domesday’, can now be seen at in Orchard Gallery at Gunby Hall & Gardens. The exhibition runs until 31 August 2017.
Here’s a little time-lapse video, showing how we did it:
‘Us, A Gunby Estate Domesday’, an exhibition by Michael Sanders from CommonAs on Vimeo.
Michael Sander’s exhibition ‘Us, A Gunby Estate Domesday’ will open in Orchard Gallery at Gunby Hall & Gardens on 1 August.
Image by Michael Sanders of a tenant holding Rail Tickets for the former London and North Eastern Railway. Purchased on the occasion of the final train passing through the Gunby Estate.
Michael Sanders has created this work for Orchard Gallery evolving from his experience as a long-term residential tenant on the Gunby Estate. Working with National Trust volunteers on archival research, and by capturing the portraits and memories of other current tenants, Michael has created a contemporary Domesday for Gunby, offering a parallel story to that told in the Hall.
The exhibition has been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
We are delighted to have received funding from the National Lottery via Arts Council England for our latest collaborative project, ‘Us, A Gunby Estate Domesday’, with Michael Sanders and the National Trust at Gunby Estate, Hall and Gardens.
During spring and summer 2017 artist Michael Sanders, supported by CommonAs, will work with the members of 28 households living in tenanted properties in the grounds of Gunby Estate, Hall and Gardens, to create a modern day ‘Domesday’, or landscape survey, of the estate, revealing the untold stories of the estate cottages, working farms, park and woodland. Research for the project will include gathering audio testimony from tenants and creating photographic portraits. It will culminate in an installation and exhibition in the Orchard Gallery at Gunby Hall.
© Michael Sanders
We have had some lovely feedback on our latest project ‘A Ballad for Southwell’ with Chris T-T’s at The Workhouse, Southwell. Here’s what the participants had to say:
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. The research I have done over the last 2 years has been used in a variety of new ways – in the songs of Chris T-T, some of the new technologies that have been trialled in recent months at the Workhouse, includng being involved in recording some of the songs, and discussing song structure with Chis. 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. – Workhouse Volunteer
I thought it was brilliant. – National Trust Staff Member Read More
We are delighted to share the first of Chris T-T’s final works produced for his Creative Fellowship at The Workhouse, Southwell, as part of the project ‘ A Ballad for Southwell’. The project has been initiated and co-ordinated by CommonAs in partnership with the National Trust and supported by lottery funding from Arts Council England. We hope you enjoy the works!
In September 2016 Chris T-T gave a presentation at the Dots 2016 conference in Brighton, organised by Brilliant Noise, on his project with CommonAs, ‘A Ballad for Southwell’, and his experience of the the Creative Fellowship we invited him to undertake at The Workhouse, Southwell. Here is a video of the presentation recorded by Brilliant Noise: