Lincoln voices artists residency

Tyman, Derek and Rushton, Emma (2015) Lincoln voices artists residency. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

Abstract

Lincoln Voices – Artist’s Research Residency, was a part-time artists residency based in the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lincoln. I undertook the residency with my then collaborative artistic partner, artist Emma Rushton. During the research residency Rushton and I became aware of the unique areas of common lands that border the city centre, West Common, South Common and Cow Paddle Common and to research their history. We also connected with people who uses the commons, including those who have written about them (John Bennett, Phil Grimshaw) and activists who have fought to keep them safe (Mick Commons, Sally Davies and George Wolfendon). Aiming to raise public awareness of these important spaces and their relationship to the Magna Carta, we organised two free public lectures at historically significant sites in Lincoln. Andy Whitman, a specialist in Land rights, democracy and economics gave a public talk at West Common on March 2016. In June 2015, the renowned historian Prof. Peter Linebaugh, author of the Magna Carta Manifesto, gave a lecture at the Victorian Prison of Lincoln’s Castle, home of historic documents Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest. The intention of the lectures was also to present alternative ‘counter narratives’ to a series of ‘official’ lectures taking place at Lincoln’s Cathedral. Peter Linebaughs talk “The Future of the Charters of Liberty in the 21st Century: From homo idioticus to femina communis” was presented on Monday 8th June 2015, the 800 anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. Linebaugh presented his lecture in the hall of Lincoln Prison from behind a lecturn and purpose built stage we constructed for the site and event. Both lectures were filmed by University of Lincoln’s Media unit and Linebaugh’s lecture was archived on the arts website ThisisTomorrow.

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