Dangerous or Otherwise

Dangerous Or Otherwise
An interactive installation created in partnership with the Newark Emmaus Trust and the National Trust.


7pm, 21st-23rd September at The Southwell Workhouse

Visit The Workhouse infirmary after hours, and immerse yourself in an audio-visual installation created by artists in residence The Bare Project, in collaboration with Newark Emmaus Trust. Audience members will be guided around the rooms of The Workhouse’s infirmary by voices, music and visual installations. Expect a sensory and thought-provoking evening, where historical and contemporary accounts of poverty, health and homelessness speak together. Dangerous or Otherwise asks: have experiences of these things really changed?

To get your ticket please visit The National Trust website

***There will be coaches running from Newark Northgate and Newark Castle for the Friday and Saturday evening performances. Free for ticket holders- booking essential.

More about our Creative Fellowship with Southwell Workhouse 2017

The exterior of the Workhouse, Southwell, Nottinghamshire.

The Bare Project have been selected as the Creative Fellows of the Southwell Workhouse, National Trust for 2017. Since January we have been meeting with volunteers, delving into the archive and hosting workshops with the residents of the Newark Emmaus Trust (a local independent charity providing accommodation, support and training to single homeless young people).

This project aims to explore historical and contemporary accounts of poverty and questions how much attitudes towards the poor have changed. From historical rhetoric of ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’, to ‘scroungers’ and ‘strivers’, from ‘inmates’ to ‘service users’. Another central theme of the piece is institutional identities and the ways in which we are categorized and labeled, often according to our afflictions, rather than our assets. This is particularly apparent in the archival records: at the Workhouse, often all there is left of a life story is a punishment log. This project aims to question how we may find human beings behind the labels: then and now.


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