This is the official story of Sincil Bank! Home to over 6,000 residents, it is an area frequently defined by high levels of poverty and social deprivation. As the most diverse neighbourhood in the city of Lincoln, the community is made up of long- term residents, temporary residents (often university students) and several relatively new migrant populations predominantly from eastern Europe and East Timor.
When residents have been asked how they view their neighbourhood in place-based studies, the stories that emerged tell of a low sense of belonging and the feeling that residents from different backgrounds did not mix well together, leading to isolation and sometimes conflict. There is frustration expressed at the lack of green and community spaces, making it hard for residents to mix and get to know one another. The stories tell of a real desire for opportunities to come together but limited ways to do so, and of course this has been even less possible over the past year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Ask about Sincil Bank in other parts of Lincoln City and the stories are predominantly negative. It is perceived as an undesirable place to live, marred by poorly maintained building, littered streets and limited arts or cultural offerings.
As we emerge out of the restrictions and social isolation of the past year, it is time for a new story in Sincil Bank. Through participation in the Inside/Out project we will create a joyful, positive celebration of our neighbourhood, where all of our communities are visible, represented and included. The entire process from creating the portraits, pasting them in the neighbourhood and encouraging residents to view them v