The Mansio

Matthew Butcher, Kieran Thomas Wardle and Owain Williams, South Shields, 2016

 

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Travelling arts venue and writers residence

The Mansio is a mobile space for writers, poets and thinkers that toured Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site in 2016. It was commissioned by the Hexham Book Festival to showcase a series of poems and stories that were developed in relation to the theme of borders.

The design references northern England’s historic roman ruins, and it’s existing and decommissioned industrial infrastructure. The Mansio appeared like a translucent ghost amongst the traces of the past armies and inhabitants from all over the Roman world who occupied the trading posts, forts and settlements of this remote border landscape.

It is constructed from translucent polycarbonate, Powder coated steel and wood wool. For easy transportation it was demountable into three main segments.

The structure travelled to and was resident at the Roman Forts of Arbeia, Birdoswald, Senhouse and Carlisle Castle (Cumbria), Walltown Quarry in Northumberland National Park and the stunning excavations of Vindolanda

The Mansio was funded by Arts Council England Strategic Touring, Active Northumberland and contributions from partners: English Heritage, Northumberland National Park, Queen’s Hall Arts, Tyne & Wear Museums, Senhouse Museum and Vindolanda Trust.

Data

  • Begun: Feb 2016
  • Completed: Mar 2016
  • Floor area: 25m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £45
  • Funding: Arts Council England Strategic Touring, Active Northumberland and contributions from partners: English Heritage, Northumberland National Park, Queen’s Hall Arts, Tyne & Wear Museums, Senhouse Museum and Vindolanda Trust
  • Tender date: Dec 2015
  • Address: Arbeia Roman Fort, Baring Street, South Shields, NE33 2BB, United Kingdom