Barbara Hepworth, 'Four-Square Walk Through', 1966. Churchill College, Cambridge. Halls of residence by Richard Sheppard, Robson and Partners.

Churchill College

Churchill College, Cambridge, has appointed three architectural practices to draw up proposals for a revised urban realm scheme. In 2022, I worked with one of those practices - Assemble - to develop ideas for an art commissioning programme to be embedded within their competition entry.

Proposals included a residency programme for artists to be invited to research archival material, reposition the collection, challenge accepted narratives, and establish links with students and staff; an ambitious public programme for staff, students and Cambridge residents to productively and critically address the legacy of Winston Churchill and the history of the College; and a commissioning programme that builds on the legacy of previous commissioned work by artists including Barbara Hepworth, Nigel Hall, John Piper and Dhruva Mistry.

Jes Fernie

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