The Magna Carta has always
been an important part of our identity as artists living and working in the
city of Lincoln, and the LAN has always had it’s own Artist’s Charter, which
forms the basis of the group.
At the end of 2014, a
proposal was created and submitted to The Collection for their Courtyard
Gallery space, for Lincoln-based artists to create and exhibit work in response
to The Magna Carta. There was much interest in this from artists wishing to get involved.
However, we were
disappointed to receive yet another rejection email from The Collection, not
enabling us to do this.
Advice often given – often those that think fine art is important say that “you can do
anything as an artist” (as opposed to illustration, where apparently you
can’t, for some unknown reason).
However, we’re not able to
create and exhibit work in The Collection during the upcoming Magna Carta
celebrations, because they said no.
Let’s have a look at the
Magna Carta and the rights and freedoms it expresses.
For instance, a current
campaign is ongoing to Save Lincs Libraries.
When our Alice in
Disneyland exhibition couldn’t be exhibited at the Odeon cinema, we found
Lincoln Central Library an appropriate venue in which to exhibit.
Here at the LAN, having
examined Borges, and spent a lot of time in Great Central Library writing
dissertations, we rather like them.
Lincoln Cathedral has one
of the best libraries in the country, the Wren Library – some of the medieval
illuminated manuscripts look as if they were written and illustrated yesterday,
and there are some fascinating insights into the goings on of a certain Robyn
So it’s sad that plans are
afoot to close many library services in Lincolnshire. And in relation to this,
is this article about the significance of libraries and the Magna Carta:
So, not only are
libraries under threat of closure, they’re also denying local graduates an
opportunity to create contemporary fine art in response to the Magna Carta itself. So much for democracy.