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Posts Tagged ‘Hawksmoor International Lecture Series’

Michael Sandle – work

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016


Poster - Mike Aling

Poster – Mike Aling

The second in the 2016-17 series of Hawksmoor public lectures.

Michael Sandle was born in Weymouth, Dorset, in 1936. He studied at Douglas School of Art and Technology, Isle of Man (1951-54), and attended evening classes at Chester College of Art during his two years National Service in the Royal Artillery. From 1956 to 1959 he studied printmaking at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, under tutors who included Ceri Richards and Lucian Freud. He then spent a year traveling in Europe.

Sandle taught in leading British art schools throughout the 1960s, in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada in the early 1970s and thereafter in Germany. From 1980 he was Professor of Sculpture at the Akadenmie der Bildenden Kunste, Karlsruhe. He has now retired from teaching and lives in Dorset.

Sandle has exhibited widely and undertaken many commissions, the most significant being the Memorial of the Victims of a Helicopter Disaster, Mannheim (1985) and perhaps his most ambitious project to date, the architecture and sculpture for the Malta Siege Memorial (1989-93), a vast project which included not only a major figurative sculpture, but also a thirteen-tonne bronze bell. Themes of war, death, destruction, inhumanity and media manipulation are constant in his work, as he treads a path outside the fashionable mainstream.

He was elected Royal Academician in 1989 (he resigned in 1998 in objection to the ‘Sensation’ exhibition and was re-elected in 2004) and Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1994. In 1986 he was awarded the Rodin Grand Prize, Japan’s most prestigious contemporary art award.

Anya Matthews – Research Curator

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

The fourth in the 2016-17 series of Hawksmoor public lectures.

Anya Matthews is an art and architectural historian with a PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art on seventeenth-century London architecture. She has worked for the Global theatre, English Heritage, and as an account director at the award-winning arts consultancy Colman Getty. Anya has also done work as a freelance publicist.

Some of her publications include: ‘A Great and Noble Design’: Sir James Thornhill’s Painted Hall at Greenwich – A catalogue of the preparatory sketches’ (The Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College, 2016) and ‘Costly without, richlier inlaid’: The post-Fire reconstruction of London’s livery halls’, Georgian Group Journal (in preparation, 2017).

Supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, she is the Research Curator for the Painted Hall Conservation Project and ‘A Great and Noble Design’, a new exhibition exploring the life of the British decorative artist Sir James Thornhill and his masterpiece – the Painted Hall at Greenwich (painted between 1708 and 1727) which is on display in The Stephen Lawrence Gallery.

We are the Institution : On Contemporary Museums

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Richard Martin Lecture Poster - Designer: Mike Aling

Richard Martin Lecture Poster – Designer: Mike Aling

The third in the 2016-17 series of Hawksmoor public lectures.

What do we want from museums today? How might the spaces and programmes of the museum reflect shifting political and social concerns? What role can architecture play in creating and engaging museum visitors? This talk considers the role of museums in the twenty-first century, examining a range of current and emerging practices, including personal curatorial projects. It also assesses the work of leading artists, architects and film-makers, including Andrea Fraser and Hito Steyerl, who have critiqued and re-imagined the space and purpose of museums.

Dr. Richard Martin is a writer, curator and lecturer who works at the intersections of art, architecture and film. He is the author of The Architecture of David Lynch (Bloomsbury, 2014), and writes for a range of magazines and journals. He has taught at Birkbeck and Middlesex University, and is currently a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London. He is also a Public Programmer at Tate, where he curates projects for the new Tate Exchange platform. More details on his work can be found here.

Jan Kaplický Private View & Book Launch

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016


Jan-Kaplicky Drawings Book Cover (CIRCA Press)

Jan-Kaplicky Drawings Book Cover (CIRCA Press)


The fifth in the 2016-17 series of Hawksmoor public lectures.

Jan Kaplický (18 April 1937 – 14 January 2009) was a world-renowned Neofuturistic Czech architecht and the driving force behind a new school of architecture and his buildings continue to stimulate, amaze and inspire.

Arriving in London as a refugee after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, Kaplický worked with Denys Lasun, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster.

He established Future Systems with David Nixon in 1979 which worked initially as a kind of think tank. Astonishing drawings and plans for robot built structures spinning in earth’s orbit, weekend houses in the guise of space age survival pods and malleable interiors were just some of Kaplický’s visions.

In 1994 Future Systems designed the Stirling Prize winning media centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground and in 1999 designed the Selfridges department store in Birmingham, a sensuous iceberg like building that would win the 2004 RIBA Award for Architecture.