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Unmasking || Remapping: Winterbourne Gardens Emotional Mapping Audioguide with Lee Mackenzie

May 2024

Taking the form of a guided walk through the grounds, and drawing from archival maps and garden plans, Birmingham-based artist Lee Mackenzie has created a map onto which you are invited to plot your emotional and sensory response to the place. Creating a visual response to the location. This audio-guide aims to highlight the multitude of ways that different people experience the same space.

The audio-guide draws on Lee’s practice of poetry mapping – a celebration of, and reconnection to, place. Lee encourages visitors to rediscover a sense of wonder and meaning within places by facilitating slow engagement with environments. His work uses a playful, poetic style, challenging us to form counter-narratives to the ordinary, revealing the spectacular in the mundane.


Audio Guide for an Emotional Mapping walk of Winterbourne Gardens by Lee Mackenzie, 2024.

Some guidelines for using the above map and audio-guide:

1) Listen to audio guide as you walk around Winterbourne Gardens; making notes in response as you go.
2) Print out the ‘flat-pack’ map; cut and arrange illustrations into a map that represents your understanding of the gardens.
3) Use your notes to embellish the map – add phrases, drawings, thoughts and routes.
4) Share your creations with us on instagram by tagging @poetrymaps, @granduniongallery, and @winterbournehg

This audio-guide was created as part of Unmasking || Remapping, a series of events designed in collaboration with students from the MA Art History and Curating course at the University of Birmingham. The programme is curated in response to themes of neurodiversity and inclusivity, drawn from Babeworld’s exhibition ‘Love is Real, and its Inside of My Computer’.

Please note there is a charge for Winterbourne House and Gardens. You can find more information on their website.