Happy to be taking part in a discussion with Helen Nisbet and Liza Fior about public art, democracy and control, organised by RCA Curating students on 6 May at Beaconsfield Gallery.
The focus will be on current developments in Vauxhall and Nine Elms (London), the biggest development site in Europe. We’ll consider what it means to make and commission work in ‘public’ and ‘private’ spaces; art as an income generating tool; and the power of art to pose questions and agitate.
Image: Performance of Paloma Proudfoot’s ‘belittle’, a commission for #DoingItInPublic, Beaconsfield, May 2017.
The Architecture Centre in Bristol is to mount an exhibition of Garth England’s drawings of Bristol.
England’s drawings were published in a book I co-edited with Theresa Bergne for our Future Perfect programme, which was published last year (not many copies left!). Here’s an article on the book by Tim Burrows writing for the Guardian.
Gary Hume’s marble relief work for Dean Street in London is nearing completion. It’s currently being fabricated in Suffolk by Kim Meredew and will be installed in June 2017.
The work has been commissioned by developers GPE in collaboration with architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands.
Photo: Kim Meredew’s studio, Suffolk
© Thierry Bal, 2017
I was delighted to be invited to take part in the Twins Talks programme on 2 March to talk about my marginal position in the world of architecture.
Organised by Charles Holland and Robert Mull at University of Brighton, the programme is a new series of architecture talks exploring ‘difficult alliances, strange bedfellows and new relationships’.
Photo: Dalston Boys Club, London / talk location.
I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been appointed by Lund Cathedral and White Arkitekter to devise a long-term art / architecture commissioning programme for Brunnshög, a neighbourhood 5 kilometres north east of Lund town centre.
Beginning with temporary commissions in winter 2017 and spring 2018, leading on to a pavilion project that houses events, performances, conferences, talks and workshops, the programme will engage residents, establish a platform for critical discourse on urban expansion and inform the long-term development of the neighbourhood.
© Petra Bindel 2017
I curated an evening of night prowling in hidden spaces around the Museum of London on 2 Nov involving mythical creatures, experimental choirs, a talk on apocalyptic literature, a thought experiment on night walking, a tour of night sounds, and a performance called ‘In the darkness they swing their manes like pendulums’.
Hundreds of people came; we drank night-themed cocktails, wore blue visors and sung a score by candle-light in an 18th c. church.
View a short film of the night here.
Photo: Musarc, performance in the delivery bay, Museum of London, Nov 2016.
© Yiannis Katsaris
I was invited by Lauren Parker, Curator at the Museum of London, to edit a booklet for the Night Museum programme (Oct - Nov 2016).
It’s designed by Polimekanos and includes brilliant texts on LOSS, DARKNESS and ENDINGS from Joanna Walsh, Frances Morgan and Matthew Beaumont, as well as drawings by Nicky Deeley. Interspersed throughout the booklet is a series of objects that form part of the Museum of London’s vast and truly fantastic collection.
I’m really looking forward to taking part in James Beckett’s programme of talks and events in Amserdam. ‘Palace Ruin’ is a reconstruction of a fragment of the Paleis door Volksvlijt (1864) in the city which burned down in 1929. His installation serves as a stage for lectures and concerts.
The project links to my on-going interest in destruction.
More info on Palace Ruin here
I’m happy to have contributed a text to this gorgeous book ‘My Home Is Your Home’ - houses as sites for artistic production.
Edited by Peter Carl, Torange Khonsari, Hugh Pearman, Olivia Sheringham, Jane Rendell, published by public works publishing 2016.