Boy Horse Shoe Bed
Residency and activities by Townley and Bradby
Sunday 24th - Friday 29th October 2010
Various locations, Lincoln
Townely and Bradby accompanied by their two children spent a week in residence in Lincoln. The family sort to question being both an artist and a family unit, investigating the impact both aspects of their lives have upon each other. Each day Townley and Bradby opened their temporary home to the residence of the city; inviting them to join in their family activities. In holding an open house Townley and Bradby asked the audience to question the link between housework and artwork, as well as the types of homes creative people keep.
Townley and Bradby hosted a performance lecture investigating their practice which took two talks one visual and one spoken, performed simultaneously. The two presentations occurred opposite one another giving the audience the option of fully engaging with only one presentation. The seating layout presented rows of chairs facing opposite directions making the audience choose which way to sit and engage with the presentations.
On their final day Townley and Bradby led participants on an alternative tour of the city. Unlike devised routes the 40-minute walk was shaped by the observations of their children. The tour saw participants play follow the leader around the streets on Lincoln, carefully hopping down Steep Hill not treading on the cracks, crunching dried leaves and whispering secrets to each other. The tour relinquished parental responsibility, allowing their children to dictate direction and speed, giving the audience an opportunity to view Lincoln through the eyes of a child.