Forthcoming Talks and Events

Here is where we meet: a conversation

Concertina stairwaysDate /Time: Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 7pm

An evening of wide-ranging obsessions and hopes, during which artist Richard Wentworth will be in conversation with social historian and writer Ken Worpole. The audience will sit on and around Richard’s installation Concertina, a collection of three interconnected pine stairways created – in collaboration with architects APPARATA – to explore the social potential of art spaces as settings for openness and communication.

Richard and Ken will consider London’s changing landscape, reflecting on how history has shaped the city’s unexpected topography, and how urgent it is to continue to create and shape places of meaning and exchange - both permanent and temporary - all within the context of Concertina's gallery siting in the brand new development of London City Island (Canning Town). Come and join them.
Information & booking: Admission free but booking essential:
Venue: arebyte, London City Island, Canning Town, E14 0LG

Building Care: Intersections of Health & Architecture

Maggie's Centre, Inversness

Date /Time: Thursday 26 October 2017, 09.30 - 17.30

This Anglo-Dutch symposium brings together scientists, policymakers and architects to discuss places of care and place making for healthcare. How does the environment affect patients and professionals in hospitals? How is materiality employed to help dementia patients in nursing homes? What does the process of building buildings and creating places show about the changing landscape of healthcare in the Netherlands?
Speakers include: Roland Bal, Tim Cresswell, AnneMarie Eijkelenboom, Daryl Martin, Bernike Pasveer & Ken Worpole
Information & booking:
Venue: Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Photo: Maggie’s Centre, Inverness - Page/Park Architects - photograph by Ken Worpole

Hackney: Portrait of a Community 1967 - 2017Hackney: portrait of a community book cover

Date /Time: Wednesday 29 November 2017, 7pm

Historian Margaret Willes and writer Ken Worpole will be in conversation about some of the themes of this ambitious new book on Hackney’s volatile post-war social history: battles fought, battles won and battles lost.
Venue: Broadway Bookshop, 6 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ

Information & booking: Booking essential:

InspiralLondon Festival 2017: An evening of talks that explore on the ground mapping of the metropole:

YurtsAnother Place: Visionary Landscapes and City Infrastructure
Date /Time:
Thursday, 12 October 2017, 6pm drinks for 6.30 - 9pm programme

Sarah Spanton (Artist Planner) discusses Navigating the line between the roles of planner and artist; writer Ken Worpole on the rise of 19th & 20th century communitarian settlements in the Essex landscape as outposts of East London radical politics; Charlie Fox (InspiralLondon Director) will talk ‘Spin, Spirals and Dickensizen: towards a topoanalysis of homelessness’. Finally, artist Hayley Newman will talk about her current work in progress Façadism; a novella about memory, faces and building facades that takes the form of a walk. The evening concludes with open audience discussion, chaired by Dr. Cecilia Wee.
Information & booking: For more details & booking:
Venue: Swedenborg Society, 20 - 21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH