What would our society look like if we could start again?

a cardboard town is created by individuals, designing their own homes from craft materials
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PACCAR Room, Second Floor Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Friday 8 February - Sunday 7 April 2019


Visit our miniature cardboard community. Hear the stories behind the properties and learn how the new town was built. Leave a planning application to create additional buildings or change the use of existing properties.

Home Sweet Home reflects the themes in Kimberley Sykes’ As You Like It: what would our society look like if we could start again?


If you took part in the making of Home Sweet Home and would like to have your building at the end of the exhibition, it will be available for collection on Monday 8th April, between 10am and 12 noon in the Upper Circle Bar, Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

For questions and more information about collecting your house please contact Louise Clarke in Events and Exhibitions louise.clarke@rsc.org.uk


About the artists

Home Sweet Home was co-created by Abigail Conway and Lucy Hayhoe in 2006 for their graduate show at Goldsmiths College, University of London. The piece was born from a desire for adults to play, and to create an environment that encouraged its audience to participate and take ownership of their individual experience.

Abigail Conway

Abigail Conway is a visual artist and creator of live art. Abigail works with material objects, craft and actions to create playful site-specific installations and immersive encounters for audiences. Her work crosses many disciplines, including; sound and video design, music technology, nature, architecture and performance. 

Abigail’s work has been presented in galleries, theatres, architecture festivals and showcased by the British Council. It has been presented nationally across the UK including: Battersea Arts Centre, ICA, Southbank Centre, The Barbican, The National, Forest Fringe, The Wellcome Collection, Attenborough Centre for Contemporary Arts, Wales Millennium centre, Latitude and Summerhall. Internationally, her work has toured Europe, China, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Canada and the USA.

Lucy Hayhoe

Lucy Hayhoe is a live artist making installation based experiences and performances. Her work ranges from intimate encounters to large-scale installations. Hayhoe is interested in collective creation and open structures that encourage social engagement. Lucy also makes work as part of artistic duo Haworth + Hayhoe. Through elements of surprise and play their work affords participants an alternative experience of everyday spaces. Lucy is currently undertaking an MA in Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martins.

Lucy’s work has been presented throughout the UK to venues and festivals including Battersea Arts Centre, The Southbank Centre, Buzzcut, Wales Millennium Centre and the Barbican. She has also toured internationally to festivals such as, Koganecho Bazaar, Japan, Begehungen no10, Germany and Festival Belluard Bollwerk, Switzerland and venues across the US, Australia, China and Hong Kong.

Home Sweet Home Exhibition collaborators

Sound Design - Curtis Arnold Harmer

Fim Maker - Sam Stevens

Graphic Design - Ana Plasencia Ferrer