The Passing, Live Performance Photo, Sinead Corcoran

Historic houses in Lincolnshire join forces for visual arts project

Simon Stephens, 05.10.2012
Visitors to be transported between rural venues in new partnership
Three historic houses in Lincolnshire will begin a three-week programme of artists’ commissions this weekend.

The Compass exhibition, organised by Lincolnshire-based visual arts organisation Beacon, runs from 6-28 October. It features the work of four artists: Bethan Huws, Jem Finer, Jordan Baseman and Amanda Coogan.

Their work will be at the National Trust’s Woolsthorpe Manor, South Holland District Council’s Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and the privately owned Grimsthorpe Castle.

One unusual element of Compass is that Beacon transports visitors between the sites, which becomes an important part of the overall experience.

“The idea of putting on transport and taking people to the art is that the coach becomes a place for conversations between the audiences,” says Nicola Streeten, who set Beacon up with John Plowman in 2004.

“The whole day becomes an experience where the audience is a key factor.

“We are based in a very rural location and when we moved here from London we realised that looking at contemporary art is very different in an urban context.”

Coogan will be working with six emerging performance artists to create a performance piece for the gardens of Ayscoughfee Hall.

Also at Ayscoughfee Hall, Baseman’s commission, featuring interviews and images, follows on from his work with a group of local ghost hunters.

Finer’s work, a co-commission with Tatton Park Biennial, features a small caravan parked in the grounds of Woolsthorpe Manor. Three interconnected films will play on the caravan's windows.

Huws has created sound and text based works across all three sites.


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