Taking cue from Lincoln’s historic connections with the Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest artist Ruth Ewan developed a series of workshops with young people from The Meadows Primary School which resulted in the realisation of a new work responding to the continuity of ideas put forward via these historic charters.
Through a series of close workshops with the artist, young people used these documents to provoke and articulate their own demands of their world. Through collaborative writing and drawing exercises they imagined places they want to see and laws they want to live by. These workshops resulted in a series of slogans, text works and drawn maps. Selected words and slogans from the workshops feature in a series of letterpress prints produced with Lincoln’s Caseroom Press. One of the reimagined maps has been developed by Ewan and expertly crafted into an alternative globe.
The globe is sited in the foyer of the Lincoln Central Library, and launched on 15th June, the anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta.
Address and opening times: Lincoln Central Library
About the artist
Ruth Ewan, an artist based in London, is known for creating context specific art projects, which highlight the continued relevance of particular historic moments to the present. She works with collaborators to realise her projects, which are often grounded in focused research into the social and political history of the site in which they are based. She recently worked with Tate Britain on a project exploring the history of the site as a prison with ‘The Darks’ and on a project called Liberties of the Savoy, taking inspiration from the Peasant’s Revolt of 1381, for which over 200 young people from east London produced a unique event at the Savoy Hotel’s Lancaster Ballroom.
Artist’s website: ruthewan.com