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Building A Martian House

Ella Good and Nicki Kent

A collaboration with scientists, architects, and the artists' local community to design and plan the build of a functional Martian house.

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Ella and Nicki at the VLA, New Mexico

Ella Good

Ella Good works in collaboration with artist Nicki Kent to create socially engaged projects. The duo are currently making a ten year series of works called A Decade With Mars.
Ella and Nicki

Nicki Kent

Nicki Kent works with artist Ella Good to create socially engaged projects. They are currently making a ten year series of works called A Decade With Mars.

Working with

Image of Katy Connor in her artist studio at Spike Island in Bristol

Katy Connor

Katy Connor is a visual artist working in the spaces between embodiment, technologies and materiality.

Hugh Broughton Architects

Hugh Broughton Architects are one of the established talents of contemporary British architecture, widely renowned for their design of Halley VI British Antarctic Research Station.

Building a Martian House is a public art project making a prototype of a real Martian house. We've been working on it for over seven years and it will be built in Bristol as a five month temporary installation, next to M Shed in Spring 2022, with a programme of tours and public events. 

Mars is a place where you’d have to live carefully and resourcefully. By imagining how a small community would live there, it offers us a sharp lens on our lives here on Earth today and our fraught relationship with consumerism. 

The house will start as an empty shell that comes to life with changing interiors as we explore together what a new, sustainable culture might look like. It provides a place to research and experiment. A blank canvas to try things out and imagine new futures in relation to our lives today. 

It will be Britain’s first Martian house, created not exclusively by specialists but by many different people working together, as we all have expertise to offer around how we live and in imagining our shared futures. It has been created through a co-design process involving many people – from rocket scientists to primary school children – as we all have a role in the future and a part to play. 

The project is led and conceived by artists Ella Good and Nicki Kent, working with Hugh Broughton Architects (designer of the Halley VI British Antarctic Research Station) and Pearce+. It is presented in partnership with M Shed, and funded by The Edward Marshall Trust.

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Events and tours the public can book will be listed on M Shed's website.

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