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Going Home from Here - Inflatable House on Tour

Date uploaded: June 1, 2009

During June, look out for a giant inflatable house appearing near you.

This house, with windows protected by metal grilles against burglary and vandalism, is the embodiment of urban decay and could have been extracted from any street of any northern town. In fact, it is a scale model of a terraced house in Barrow-in-Furness currently awaiting demolition.

The condemned house is being given a final lease of life by artist Maddi Nicholson as, throughout June, she takes its inflated doppelganger on a tour of the parks, quarries, beaches, fields and streets of Cumbria in a desperate search for a new home.

Finally, the house will come to rest in Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle. There, from 26 September – 6 December 2009, it takes its place alongside billboard images of the house’s Cumbrian odyssey and other recent works by Maddi Nicholson. As a whole, the exhibition explores the relationships between house and home, animal and human habitation, demolition and regeneration, the old and the new. 


Monday 1st June 1pm-4pm

Rickerby Park, Brampton Road, Carlisle. Cumbria

Wednesday 10th June 1pm-4pm

Crow Park (The Field to the side of Theatre by the Lake) Lakeside, Keswick. Cumbria

Saturay 13th June 1pm-4pm 

Cumbria County Council land, Opposite St Helens lane, signed for Cumbria costal route - (brown  wooden sign).  On A596 opposite side of road to Thomas Armstrong Factory and Eastmans Chemical Factory, Siddick, Workington Cumbria CA14 1LG.

Sunday 21st June - to be confirmed

Tuesday 23rd June - to be confirmed

Friday 26th June -  to be confirmed

The terrace will only be brought out in good weather so please check the Tullie House website or contact Tullie House Museum on the day of the tour for updates to avoid disappointment.

Going Home From Here has been commissioned by Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery and supported by Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts.

For up to date tour information please follow this link

Going Home From Here (2009), Rowanhead Beach near Barrow-in-Furness. Photograph Maddi Nicholson

Going Home From Here (2009), Rowanhead Beach near Barrow-in-Furness. Photograph Maddi Nicholson