Lincoln free community arts project prepares for final year

Lincoln’s Mansions of the Future arts project is preparing to celebrate its final year of funding with schemes to build semi-permanent arts features in the city’s Ermine Estate.

The programme, set up in May 2018, received funding for three years from Arts Council England, a national organisation set up to encourage art and culture in England.

Phase one of the ‘legacy year’ project, run by Berlin-based artist collective On/Off, will start in November and will focus on agriculture, urban form and social arts.

Mansions of the Future building. Photo: Alexandra Keene

Workshops and creative meetings will start in November on the Ermine estate and in the Mansions of the Future building on St Mary’s Street.

Colette Griffin, the curator of Mansions of the Future, said: “We’re going to be working with the citizens of the Ermine Estate on producing a physical outcome that can remain on the estate for the foreseeable future.”

Ongoing schemes such as free lunches, workshops and exhibitions will continue throughout the final year of the project.

Ms. Griffin said: “There are also so many different cultural groups and organisations in Lincoln, so really what we have been able to do is to provide a space for networking, activity, and delivery.”

The legacy year will run until October 2020 and will be split into three phases. Phase one will look at agriculture and social growth, phase two will focus on live events, and during phase three organisations that have worked with the project in the past will be invited back to the workspace.

Information about workshops and events Mansions of the Future are running can be found on the company website at