public works will be part of this new
exhibition by Price &
Myers, our collaborators on the Last Chair
Arch for High Wycombe.
The New Art of Making, a free exhibition which explores digital
craftsmanship, curated by
Futurecity in partnership with Price & Myers' Geometrics, will
open in The Gallery at Foyles, London, from 11 December 2015 until
7 February 2016.
How we build our world is changing. A revolution is underway in
making and building art and architecture, with technology now
allowing us to create and make with an unprecedented freedom.
At the centre of this change is the 'designer-maker'; a
cross-disciplinary master craftsman, who fuses sophisticated
digital design tools and computerised fabrication with industrial,
architectural and engineering expertise to define new ways of
working with traditional materials - wood, stone, steel and
This emerging practice is digital craftsmanship – a radical new
practice of rendering sculptural form, blurring the line between
artist, designer and maker. It is an approach pioneered by Price
& Myers' Geometrics team, and supported by Futurecity through
an innovative approach to commissioning art in the public
The New Art Of Making exhibition realised by Futurecity and
Price & Myers Geometrics, charts the evolution of digital
creativity and fabrication over a sequence of recent collaborations
featuring key groundbreaking projects and major sculptural
Advances in computer-controlled fabrication have closed the gap
between the drawing board and the real world. The development of
advanced digital design and production techniques means that
instead of constructing our buildings, bridges and sculptures from
a set of pre-defined pieces - bricks, girders, windows - we can now
manufacture our own lego® kit for each and every project. By
designing each piece specifically to the project requirements, we
can minimize wasteful mass production and create almost any shape
imaginable. Buildings become sculpture, and sculpture is set free
to explore form at the limits of imagination.
Located at the point where architecture, engineering and
fabrication converge with digital technology, Price & Myers
Geometrics' team of specialist engineers and architects exemplify
this new model of 'digital craftsmanship'. Together with visionary
placemaking agency Futurecity, and working alongside pioneering
artists and architects, the practice has delivered a diverse range
of cutting-edge sculptures and architectural commissions across the
capital and farther afield.
'The New Art Of Making' exhibition explores the theme of digital
craftsmanship via a series of projects which range in scale from a
chair arch in High Wycombe by
public works, to a 12m aluminium vertical shell
artwork, a stainless steel bridge in Bristol and a new pier
building at Southend. It culminates with the digital craftsmanship
embodied within the recently completed Slipstream sculpture by
Richard Wilson (RA), which traces the motion of a stunt plane as it
joyfully cartwheels across 78 metres of space through the new
Terminal 2 : The Queen's Terminal at Heathrow Airport.
Created using techniques from fields as diverse as film
animation, architecture, computer programming and – fittingly -
aerodynamics and aerospace, Slipstream is formed by a vast kit of
parts comprising over 45,000 unique pieces and 200,000 rivets; both
a conscious echo and celebration of the golden era in aviation
design. A digitally fabricated 1:18 scale facsimile of Slipstream
forms the centrepiece of the exhibition, sitting alongside digital
content and development models charting its journey from the
take-off of an idea to its triumphant landing in the immense space
of the terminal building.
Using text, diagrams and models, the interpretative materials
describe the featured projects from genesis to completion. Visitors
will have the opportunity to explore the themes of the exhibition
by assembling their own models from digitally fabricated
interlocking components. The New Art Of Making exhibition gives a
fascinating insight into an era of momentous change for the way we
build, sculpt and curate the world around us.
DATES: 11th December 2015 – 7th February 2016
PRIVATE VIEW / LAUNCH: Thursday 10th December 2015
6. 00 – 8. 30pm
OPENING HOURS: Monday – Saturday 9.30am - 9.00pm
Sundays 11.30am*- 6.00pm (*11.30am - 12.00 noon browsing only). The
Café closes 30 minutes before the shop ADDRESS: The Gallery at
Foyles, Level 5, 107 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DT
FUR THER INFORMATION CLICK
Due to the success and demand, 'The Last Chair Arch' has been
extended by another week and will now be on display until teh 17th
of October daily from 9am - 4pm.
'The Last Chair Arch'
Go see it in High Wycombe - only this week until the10th of
‘The Last Chair Arch’
The lawn at the end of Carolina Drive
Wye Dene Development
Bal / Future
JOIN US IN BUILDING HIGH WYCOMB'S 'LAST CHAIR ARCH'
COME CELEBRATE WITH US AT THE GRAND OPENING.
Over the past year public works has worked with residents of the
Wye Dene, students and staff from Bucks New University and members
from the furniture making industry to create a new Chair Arch for
High Wycombe which will be realised in the Wye Dene.
The chairs and arch will be assembled on site in Wye Dene with
people from High Wycombe.
The Last Chair Arch will remain on site for one week after which it
will be dismantled and the chairs given away for free. Residents of
High Wycombe are invited to become custodians of one or more
With no additional infrastructure required to form the arch, it is
entirely possible that the chairs could be arched again in the
future by the residents themselves.
OPEN CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOPS
Help assemble the custom designed ‘Chair for Arching’ which will
be used to construct the Chair Arch. The assembly process is simple
and does not require specialist knowledge
or use of power tools. We welcome anyone who wants to get
involved or simply wants to drop by and find out more. No RSVP is
needed and participants can join at any time.
Assembly workshops will take place from 19th September to 2nd
October, 10.30am - 5pm on the lawn beside the Watercress Pond
If you have any further questions please email public works
19 Sept - 2nd October
Daily 10.30pm - 5.00pm
3rd October from 3-5pm
Artist talk and drinks
from the 3rd to the 17th of October
‘The Last Chair Arch’ is part of
Masterclasses in Sitting, an art commission lead by artist
public works for the Wye Dene
development in High Wycombe.
The project forms part of an art
commission for Wye Dene, curated by Futurecity on behalf of
You can find out more about the
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION HERE &
For the last three years public works has been collaborating
d'Architecture Autogérée (AAA), on R-Urban an
internationally acclaimed professional and citizen initiative of
resilient regeneration in Colombes, near Paris and in
Hackney Wick, east London.
AAA along with many local, national and international
collaborators established this unique project consisting of an
urban agriculture site 'Agrocite' and a
recycling centre 'Recyclub'. The new
municipal government of Colombes wants to replace R-Urban with a
temporary car park and destroy this exemplary project as soon as
We urgently need all your help to stop this from happening and
persuade the municipality and other interested authorities to
preserve this project. Please sign the petition, circulate in your
networks and get people to support R-Urban.
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION HERE &
CIRCULATE! ... and don't forget to write a
reasons for your support along with your signature.
- Thanks you all for you support -
#saveRURBAN - Réseau de
pratiques citoyennes résilientes from atelier d'architecture
autogérée on Vimeo.
#TransActing: A Market of Values on 11 July 12-5 @ Chelsea
College of Arts (beside Tate Britain)
The market will feature 50+ stalls that explore existing systems
of evaluation and actively produce new ones: a skillshare, organ
donation, an economy of promises, commoners, a fablab, a bring your
own BBQ, virtuous communities, bricklaying, an economy of promises,
a speakers' corner—even a kiosk buying tears. Multiple currencies
will circulate, not all of them monetary.
Whilst the values of competitive markets dominate contemporary
life, including art and its education, other kinds can and do
coexist. #TransActing will nurture and celebrate these other value
relations in a spectacular one-day event.
Follow Critical Practice and #TransActing on Facebook and
Twitter. For the programme and contributors, visit www.criticalpracticechelsea.org.
Critical Practice is: Metod Blejec, Marsha Bradfield, Cinzia
Cremona, Neil Cummings, Neil Farnan, Angela Hodgson-Teal, Karem
Ibrahim, Catherine Long, Amy McDonnell, Claire Mokrauer-Madden, Eva
Sajovic, Kuba Szreder, Sissu Tarka and many more besides.
#TransActing is organised by Critical Practice and designed in
collaboration with public works. It's part of Camberwell, Chelsea
& Wimbledon (CCW) Graduate School's public programme.
Torange from public works will be sharing the stage with Jane
Rendall and Alberto Dumas at this Tate Modern:
Tate Modern, East Room
Saturday 20 June 2015, 14.00 – 16.00
How can we share knowledge and thoughts to create a positive
vision of sustainable action and alternative ways
How do we understand the increasing privatization of
What is the public’s responsibility to address economic and
social concerns within the city?
In response to the UK housing crisis, guest speakers
Alberto Duman, Jane Rendell and Torange Khonsari each bring their
own physical fragment of ‘evidence’ as a prompt to discuss the role
of art, activism and architecture in politicizing, questioning and
creating movements of resistance to this challenging
In this event Duman explores the increasingly important activity
of redaction against the backdrop of
Khonsari presents housing as an agent to public service,
stimulating discussion of current planning laws and alternative
housing models that negotiate between the private and
Rendell examines the spaces and voices of the Public Inquiry as
a site of state bureaucracy, one which operates as a key part of
the decision-making process concerning whether to demolish social
The speakers’ presentations are followed by a breakout session
where you, the participant, are invited to bring and share your own
forms of evidence. These forms of evidence could be photographs,
objects, documents, anecdotes or memories that represent or relate
to your experience of the housing crisis.
This event is part of the London Festival of
For more info or to book a ticket click
Public works is collaborating with
Critical Pracrtice on the latest iteration of the Market of
Ideas to be held at Chelsea Collage on the the 11th of July
We are seeking contributions to this international event
in central London.
10 successful applicants will receive £100.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: 5:00pm - 1st June
About #TransActing: A Market of Values
12-5pm on Saturday, 11th July 2015 in London, at Chelsea College
of Arts on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, across from Tate
This bustling pop-up market will feature artists, designers,
civil-society groups, academics, ecologists, activists and others
who creatively explore existing structures of evaluation and
actively produce new ones.
Organised by Critical Practice, #TransActing will take place on
the historic Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, located between Tate
Britain and Chelsea College of Arts.Care, trust, creativity and
generosity are forms of exchange that coexist with money but cannot
be made equivalent to pounds and pence. The Market will showcase
skillshares, repair hubs and hacklabs, organ donation, expert and
enthusiast knowledge and other resources. Diverse forms of value
production will animate economies beyond the financial. It's
wealth beyond capital that will be produced at #TransActing.
The Market of Values will be hosted in bespoke structures built by
public works and others. These stalls will be
interspersed with other spaces of assembly and exchange: a
speakers' corner, a social cinema, while multiple currencies will
circulate, not all of them monetary.
Whilst the values of competitive markets dominate contemporary
life, including art and its education, other kinds can and do
coexist. Some even flourish in alternative communities of
evaluation. #TransActing will nurture and celebrate these value
relations in a spectacular one-day event.
Download the full call out here.
Bodgers and the Windsor Chair
Join us for a free series of presentations by
manufacturers, designers and historians to discuss High Wycombe's
famous history of bodging and the Windsor Chair.
17 April 2015 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Wrights Meadow Centre, Wrights Meadow Road
Wycombe Marsh High Wycombe
for Arching, is a triptych of talks and discussions on the
history of chairs and celebratory arches in High Wycombe. The first
talk in the series looked at how the
Chair Arches of High Wycombe have inspired designers
internationally while locally serving as a symbol celebrating the
town's industry and identity.
The second event will take place on 17th of April 2015 at the
Wrights Meadow Community Centre in Wycombe Marsh. It will explore
the tradition of the Windsor chair and its evolution throughout the
years. We will be joined by furniture historian Dr Bernard
Cotton, artist and craftsman Stuart King
and professor in furniture Jake Kaner. Each
speaker will give a short presentation followed by an open
public works will use the opportunity to present their proposal
for the forthcoming Chair Arch made with a custom designed chair
which loosely references the Windsor tradition.
The final event of the series will coincide with the
construction of the new Chair Arch on the new Wye Dene
The event is part of Masterclasses in Sitting, an art commission
lead by public works for the Wye Dene development in High
Wycombe. Taking as the starting point High Wycombe's rich history
as the centre for furniture production, public works proposes a
project, which uses 'sitting' as a way of relating and connecting
the new Wye Dene estate with High Wycombe, its past and
The project is lead by Andreas Lang from the artist group public
works, it forms part of an art commission for Wye Dene, curated
by Futurecity on behalf
Dr Bernard 'Bill' Cotton is a furniture
historian who has pioneered the study of vernacular furniture in
both the UK and in Countries where the British settled. He has
travelled widely, often with his wife Gerry, to record the regional
traditions of furniture made for the homes of working people , over
a forty year period. His extensive archive is a major resource of
design and social history information and his collection of some
four hundred English regional chairs is now gifted to the Geffrye
His published work includes 'The English Regional Chair' (ACC. 1990
). More recently he has completed his major work 'Scottish
Vernacular Furniture' (Thames and Hudson. 2008 ) which for the
first time identifies the chair and other furniture designs made
He was co founder, with Christopher Gilbert, of the Regional
Furniture Society and is presently the society's Emeritus
Jake Kaner is professor in furniture at Bucks
New University. He has been involved with documenting the furniture
industry through the curation of the High Wycombe Furniture
Archive. Funding awarded form the arts and humanities research
council supported the digitisation project which captured 16,000
images and text from the archive. The material covers the High
Wycombe manufacturers, Ercol, Gomme (G-Plan) and Skull. The website
that disseminates the material has been highly successful receiving
an average of 100,000 hits per month since its launch in 2009.
Currently Jake is working to digitise the William Birch archive in
partnership with the Wycombe Museum. This material illustrates
design books for art furniture that was made for Liberty's of
London between 1890 and 1910. A further project involving the
designs of Ib Kofod-Larsen, a Danish designer who worked for G-Plan
in the 1960s, involves creating computer based models of furniture
that was never put into production. Jake is also a trustee for
Wycombe Heritgae and Arts Trust.
Stuart King was born in the Buckinghamshire
village of Holmer Green in 1942, and played as a child in the local
Beech woods. The countryside and the trades and traditions of those
that shaped it over centuries have always fascinated him and
influenced his work.
Stuart spent a lifetime researching, recording and collecting
anything about the rural past and today is recognised as a
well-known artist craftsman, demonstrator, international lecturer
and photo-journalist. He is still actively recording traditional
crafts, local landscape and history via photography and video and
occasionally appears on TV.
Appointment of 30 Bird and public works as Artists-in-Residence
at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge Biomedical
The MRC Laboratory of
Molecular Biology (LMB) is pleased to announce the appointment
of 30 Bird
and public works as LMB
Artists-in-Residence starting in April 2015. They are a
collaborative team made up of a Cambridge based performance
company led by Mehrdad Seyf (30 Bird) and a
participatory art and architecture practice led by
Torange Kohnsari (public works).
They are ground breaking artists who will engage with members of
the LMB with the aim to inspire new perspectives and
understanding of the LMB's research, both amongst LMB staff, and
the general public.
The residency is scheduled to run over 12months.
Mehrdad and Torange were selected by the LMB's Public Art Steering
Panel, made up of LMB staff and external advisors, who were
impressed by their enthusiasm about the LMB's science and their
diverse and engaging response to the brief.
The LMB is one of the world's leading research institutes, whose
scientists are studying biology on a tiny scale to understand
fundamental biological processes and diseases.
"We were attracted to this residency because it provided us
with the opportunity to bring together art and science in
an innovative and interesting way challenging the more
traditional notions of public art", said Mehrdad Seyf.
He added "The research at the LMB involves work at the minutest
detail, with the aim of extracting information that influences
life on earth on an epic scale. It is the marriage of these two,
the minute and the epic, the scientific research deep within
organisms and its physical and social consequences that make the
research at the LMB work so exciting to us."
The LMB residency is the first in a new Artist-in-Residence
programme that forms part of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus
(CBC) Public Art Programme. The Programme is led and funded by
property developers Countryside
Properties and Liberty Property Trust under
the s106 agreement with Cambridge City Council to deliver public
art across the CBC expansion land. The Programme is curated
and co-ordinated on the developers' behalf by cultural agency,
"The ambition for the CBC Public Art Programme is to embed the
very best creative arts practice throughout
the expanding campus. A combination of public realm
projects alongside artist-in-residence commissions will demonstrate
the impact and value created through collaboration between the
art, design, science and healthcare", said Andy
Robinson, director at Futurecity
A day of debate
&provocationsexploringinnovation&collaboration across the
UK Iran Cultural Exchange
A day of debate & provocations exploring innovation &
collaboration across the arts and sciences.
-Spotlighting collaboration as a model of sustainability and
-Presenting examples of cross cultural and cross sectorial exchange
-Developing national and international networks
-Profiling inter disciplinary practice
-Featuring practitioners from the Iranian diaspora
Bolshevic Agitprop trains armed with public speakers, writers,
stores of books and pamphlets and even printing presses: In her
Peachy Coochy at JUNCTURES, architect Torange
Khonsari from public works talks about performance,
sculpture, architecture and their relationship to the political
Wednesday 25th March 2015
Cambridge Junction 10.15am-8pm
Box office: 01223 511 511