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Alsop to headline AJ-backed art symposium

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Will Alsop will join artist Bruce McLean in conversation during an AJ-backed symposium next Tuesday (26 June) for the London Festival of Architecture (LFA)

The event, titled ‘Construction: Knowing through Making’, considers why the learning of skills is so fundamental to creativity and imagination.

The symposium accompanies the ‘Built’ exhibition which showcases the work of four prominent British artists who have completed works focussing on the construction of signature UK buildings.

Other speakers at the symposium include: Richard Wentworth, professor of sculpture at the Royal College of Art; Tim Smit, founder of the Eden Project; Dr Ranulph Glanville, whose work as an architect and academic is based in the notion that each of us constructs our own world; and Charles Walker, newly appointed head of architecture at the Royal College of Art.

Both events are being presented in association with The Architects’ Journal, while the exhibition is sponsored by Liverpool John Moores University.

Artist Patricia Cain, who is organising the ‘Knowing through Making’ symposium and curating and exhibiting at ‘Built’, said: ‘Working on site and being part of the construction process is fundamental to each exhibiting artist’s process.

‘Their work is not about representing the building as an artefact, but very much evolves from the experience of being there, recording and integrating with those who are making the building. In effect, construction is both their subject matter and their method. 

‘The themes of the symposium extend this. They are about coming to know through making things and the notion that mindsets are shaped and altered during often collaborative processes in ways that it’s not possible to describe linguistically.’

In addition to Cain – who is author and artist in residence for Hadid’s acclaimed Riverside Transport Museum in Glasgow, for which she was winner of last year’s Threadneedle and Aspect Prizes –  the exhibiting artists at ‘Built’ are:

  • Anthony Eyton R.A. – artist in residence at the Eden project over a 10-year period and invited artist at Millbank during construction of Tate modern
  • Jeanette Barnes – past Jerwood Drawing prize winner and Hunting Prize award winner who has been recording the construction of seminal buildings in the city of London and most recently, the Olympic arenas
  • Julia Midgley R.E. – reader documentary drawing, and past winner of both the Rainford Trust and Printmaking Today Awards, who was project artist in residence during the construction of Liverpool John Moores University’s Art and Design Academy designed by Rick Mather.

‘Construction: Knowing through Making’ takes place at the new Threadneedle Space at the Mall Galleries on Tuesday 26 June from 10am to 4.30pm. Tickets are £25 and should be booked in advance from Mall Galleries at info@mallgalleries.com or by calling 0207 930 6844.

‘Built’ takes place from Monday 25 June to Saturday 7 July.


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  • This looks like a promising event. I hope I can convince some of my colleagues to come along!


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