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CRITIC'S CHOICE

In its latest programme of lectures held each Thursday evening from 2 February to 9 March, the Twentieth Century Society is looking at women in architecture since 1900, and despite the terrible title for the series, Blue Prints, Red Nails, the line-up is promising. Among the speakers are Colin St John Wilson on Eileen Gray; Elain Harwood on Alison Smithson - an attempt to identify her special contribution to the Smithson partnership; and Eva Jiricna on herself. All the lectures are at 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1 (www. c20society. org. uk).

Two new exhibitions in London - the light installations of Dan Flavin at the Hayward Gallery (a perfect home for them), and David Adjaye: Making Public Buildings at the Whitechapel Art Gallery - will get plenty of attention, but perhaps at the expense of some shows outside the capital.

Pictured is a photograph by the Canadian artist Roy Arden from his exhibition at the Ikon, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, which opens on 1 February (www. ikon-gallery. co. uk). His main subject is Vancouver - especially the edges of the city, with their contrasts of dereliction and new development, their semi-wastelands in which an abandoned soil compactor looks almost surreal (see picture).

Meanwhile, the newly restored De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill-on-Sea is showing two of the subtlest abstract artists you could find - Ian Stephenson and James Hugonin.

After being out of the public eye for some years, Stephenson's atmospheric pointillist paintings from the 1960s seemed very fresh at Roche Court last autumn (AJ 13.10.05), while Hugonin's pale shimmering mosaics of colour always reward a long look (www. dlwp. com).

As they often evoke a view through a microscope, it would be interesting to hear a scientist's view on Stephenson's paintings. This interpenetration of science and art is the basis of an Art and Mind festival at Winchester on 10-12 March called Space, Architecture and the Brain. Among the speakers are Charles Jencks, David Lloyd Jones and Iain Borden, while in an associated Royal Academy debate, 'The Architecture of Well Being', Will Alsop and Bryan Appleyard will ask whether architecture 'oppresses' or 'liberates' (www. artandmind. org).

For forthcoming events visit www. ajplus. co. uk/diary

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