Artist Gillian Dyson created a unique artwork in response to the heritage of the empty Georgian building. This was exhibited in a one-day only art event to which the public was invited to attend and participate.
The artist’s Still Life was unlike traditional representations in paint. Made up instead from local produce; lost artifacts from the museum archive; real and artifical momento mori; text; sound; light and shadow. She said, “it is about response and suggestion, reflecting on a given site, context or audience. I work with history, imagination, the playful and the violent.” Audience members were able to explore the Mansion House and view the artwork. They were invited to create their own responses to Still Life, whether in the form of sketches or other media such as poetry. These were displayed in the hall, becoming a part of the Still Life.