The People’s Palace of Possibility
The Bare Project
All utopian projects have an origin story. This is ours.
Once upon a time, on our way elsewhere, we found a large box. Inside we found lots of old cassette tapes, blueprints and a bundle of mismatched cutlery. At the top of one of the blueprints was a title which read ‘The People’s Palace of Possibility’.
We have started to rebuild this Palace, and we want your help.
The Palace is an outdoor installation which asks how we find energy for change, despite our fear and anger about the future. It is rooted in utopias. The mystery of the utopias which have gone before, become misplaced, or gone wrong. And in the impulse for escape; for doing something radically different from life as we know it.
The Palace is nomadic and always growing. Right now it has a radio station, a kitchen, a pantry, and an escape hatch. The Palace is added to and animated by people wherever it goes. In Mallon Gardens it will host weaving with Shelia Ghelani, clay modelling with Becky Lyon, poetry readings, and audio artworks from Land Body Ecologies and Farmarama.
Join us for a feast, a conversation, and a howl of rage this June.
After this residency we’ll be heading north to Caithness (Highlands, Scotland), to Rotherham, and then to the Isle of Wight. We will be in each place for a month and hope to find moments of exchange between each.
Part of What Shall We Build Here, Artsadmin’s festival of art, climate and community from 28 June – 2 July 2023.