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What's Wrong with Competitions for Public Art and Architecture?

Wednesday 24th June 2009 6:30pm for 7:00pm, The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ

Judith Strong, Isabel Vasseur, Tonkin Liu

The final event of Art and Architecture's Procurement series will take a close look at how Architecture and Art projects are chosen, as a result of various competitive processes. We ask: are our competitive models serving us well? Have changes in organization resulted in better projects? Does the process itself have a detrimental affect on the final work?

Judith Strong is director of A-AP Consulting. Judith has written and commentated on the competitions process over many years; she is the author of two definitive books on the subject: Participating in Architectural Competitions and Winning by Design: Architectural Competitions. Judith is a consultant to CABE on the competition process.

Isabel Vasseur is the director of the public art consultancy ArtOffice. A pioneer of the UK Public Art movement, she coordinated Garden Festivals in both Glasgow and Gateshead, orchestrating over 150 commissions; she has been an influential consultant for the Arts Council and is a trustee of the Baltic Gallery in Gateshead.

Tonkin Liu are a small design based London architectural firm. In recent years they have been very successful at winning competitions; notably with their art project The Singing Ringing Tree. Mike and Anna teach at the Architectural Association and practice in London and the Far East.

Nearest Tube: Farringdon
Entrance £5 / £3 concessions
(booking: www.artandarchitecture.co.uk)

Wednesday 24th June 2009 6:30pm for 7:00pm, The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ