Darlo to 'Boro is our Grand Tour2019
Residency at Crown Street Gallery and Darlington Library & Archives
August, September 2019
A socially engaged project as part of Middlesbrough Art Weekender, co-commissioned by The Auxiliary and Creative Darlington.
As a starting point we used:
1. The title / theme / provocation “Darlo to 'Boro is our Grand Tour” - exploring the idea that cultural life and heritage in the North East can be just as [if not more!] exciting, rich and diverse as the 18th century “Grand Tour”. Within this, considering the complexity of the inherited privileges of our cultural/ social spaces [museum collections, art, architecture, libraries], many of which were paid for by profits from slavery, colonialism and pits /mills with very poor regard for human safety or dignity.
2. The floor in the Crown Street Gallery
3. A massive pile of paper
The project included:
Creating a "Mind Ur Manners Manifesto"-recommended behaviours in and for useful public space
Interactive drag performances
Creating a big pink book which will become part of the Darlington Archives*
Lots of chatting
Images, film and more info: https://www.lladykitt.com/darlo-to-boro-is-our-grand-tour