Ella Good and Nicki Kent worked on Building A Martian House since 2015. They both conceived and led the project.
Their artworks are about bringing people together to create things that would otherwise be impossible; experiments people can invest optimistic and practical energy into. Their work uses Mars and space science as starting points to widen our imaginations around sustainability and how we live here and now.
Building A Martian House was made in collaboration with Hugh Broughton Architects and Pearce+.
Hugh Broughton Architects is one of the established talents of contemporary British architecture, famous for their design of the Halley VI British Antarctic Research Station.
Pearce+ is a multidisciplinary design studio based between London and Herefordshire.
Presented in partnership with M Shed.
Generously funded by The Edward Marshall Trust.
Additional partners and collaborators:
- Research support from Professor Lucy Berthoud and Dr Robert Myhill, University of Bristol.
- Construction support from SCF Construct, Kier, BAM, Galliford Try, Sir Robert McAlpine, Willmott Dixon, Morgan Sindall Group PLC, ISG, Wates Group.
- Specialist design from Inflate.
- Engineering support from Hydrock and Buro Happold.
- Quantity Surveyors support from MDA Consulting.
- Lighting designers, consultants and installers – Whitecroft Lighting Ltd.
- Sanitaryware design and supply from Duravit.
- PV panels provided by Solarsense.
- Collaborative design work with students from UWE and The Architectural School of Association.
- Illustrations from Andy Council.
- Film and photography from Paul Samuel White.
- Artist mentoring support James Stenhouse from Action Hero.
- Virtual tour kindly produced by Future Virtual.
Artists in Residence:
- Artist Katy Connor, with her project ‘Growing Liveable Worlds: Ethical encounters between human and plant life.’ supported by the Brigstow Institute.
- Spacewear Fashion & Textiles artist Anurita Chandola.
Building A Martian House was developed at The Pervasive Media Studio where Ella & Nicki are residents. The Studio is a creative technologies collaboration with The Watershed, University of the West of England and University of Bristol.