During spring and summer 2017 artist Michael Sanders, supported by CommonAs, will work with the members of 28 households living in tenanted properties in the grounds of Gunby Estate, Hall and Gardens, to create a modern day ‘Domesday’, or landscape survey, of the estate, revealing the untold stories of the estate cottages, working farms, park and woodland. Research for the project will include gathering audio testimony from tenants and creating photographic portraits. It will culminate in an installation and exhibition in the Orchard Gallery at Gunby Hall.
The project will compile a compelling record of a moment in time, which will draw upon the rich but sometimes overlooked history of the Gunby tenants, of whom Michael Sanders is one. This will be recorded and shared with Gunby’s visitors during the gallery exhibition. The gallery installation will act as an alternative guide to the estate and will include at its core a three dimensional model village. It will be accompanied by a printed map of Gunby, revealing new trails and hidden histories. Together they will invite visitors to explore the wider estate from a new perspective.
The project has been made possible with funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.