Friday Sessions are informal talks and presentations hosted by
public works on Friday evenings with invited guests and
We've moved into our new studio more than a year
We finally will go live with our new public works
The year is still young enough to have new year's
Join us for a get-together on Friday 5th February from
19.00 at our studio
at 1-5 Vyner Street, London E2 9DG
We started to organise Friday Sessions in our
former studio on Scrutton Street in March 2006.
Since 2009 we have moved the sessions out of the studio and into
spaces and situations where we work/want to visit/collaborate
Friday Sessions have been
started by Anne and Thorsten from 2610 South Architects in
Johannesburg, where public works was invited in 2005 to give a
Drawing by Thorsten Deckler of a typical Friday Session in
Join us on a visit to Department 21 for a roundtable
discussion about cross-disciplinary practice led by public works
with guests Celine
Condorelli (London-based architect and author of 'support structures'),
Richard Wentworth (Head of Sculpture, RCA) and Sarah
Teasley (design historian and RCA History of Design)
Department 21 is a temporary, physical space established by
students of the RCA as an experiment in interdisciplinary
Temporarily taking over a vacated space in the Royal College of Art, Department 21
seeks to explore whether this territory, freed by the departure of
one department and the anticipation of another, can become a new
kind of conceptual, physical and social space which test the
possibilities of a cross-disciplinary initiative.
For one month only, students from all departments of the College
are invited to use this platform to develop independent work and
cultivate collaborative projects in a multi-purpose
The Round table discussion will look at the nature of
initiatives originating from within institutional settings and the
potential of cross-disciplinarity within educational institutions
such as the RCA.
The event will run from 1pm this Friday the 4th of December 2009
in Lecture Theater 2 at the
RCA. Visitors to the RCA can enter from the main entrance,
which looks onto the Royal Albert Hall and follow the signs guiding
visitors to Lecture Theater 2.
Click here to find the location on google maps
The next Friday Session will take place at Coniston Sports and
Shepherds Bridge, Coniston, Cumbria.
As part of a fieldtrip to Grizedale Arts/Lawson Park which is
organised in conjunction with a new pan-european collective
research project, RHYZOM.
With short presentations by the different RHYZOM partners and
guests, to introduce themselves and showing work related to local
Sarah Hunt from atelier d'archicture
Wapke Feenstra and Antje Schiffers from myvillages.org, Rotterdam/Berlin
Kathrin Böhm from public works, London
Tatjana Schneider and Florian Kossak from Agency, Sheffield
Bryony Reid and Fiona Woods from PS2, Belfast
Craig Sands, Belfast
Celine Condorelli, support structure, London
Dorian Moore, London
With pies from Pott's Pies in Lancaster and drinks at the
Please join us for a FRIDAY SESSION on
Friday 18th Sep from 19.00 to 20.30 at the
Gallery (SLG), 65 Peckham Road, London SE5.
As part of our current project "today's extension" for SLG's
"Beyond These Walls" exhibition, public works is running a
Friday Session on the subject of gallery extensions.
While the past decade has seen a marked increase in off-site,
community-based and outreach projects - the non-gallery based work
of art galleries - numerous building projects have enlarged the
architectural space of the galleries themselves. This Friday
Session looks at the current and possible relationship between
those two forms of extension.
The panel includes Margot Heller and Frances Williams, SLG,
Andrea Philips, Goldsmiths College, Natasha Vicars, Whitechapel
Gallery, Kathrin Böhm and Andreas Lang from public works.
public works will continue their mapping of SLG's various
extensions in 2010, alongside public events and debates to frame
the concept of such extended extensions.
Launch of the Village Produce Films
during a Two Day Village Shop
13th and 14th November 2008
as part of
Grizedale Arts' Toadball.tv at the
Royal Academy's Contemporary Season,
6 Burlington Gardens, London W1J 0BD.
Please join us for the special launch event on
Thursday 13th November 2008 from 19.00
with our films, village food and shop talk.
The Two Day Village Shop will be hosted by
Kathrin Böhm (myvillages
& public works),
Wapke Feenstra (myvillages)
Andreas Lang (public
Village produce from an extended network of producers will be on
Opening hours of our shop are:
Thursday 13th from 12.00 to 22.00 and
Friday 14th November from 12.00 - 18.00.
The Village Shop is a joint long term initiative by myvillages.org, public works ,
Grizedale Arts and somewhere. The Village Produce
Films show the producers and production of several items from
Lawson Park (UK), Wjelsryp (NL) and Höfen (Ger), and are a
co-production with Michael Smythe.
See more on www.agrifashionista.tv.
This event is supported by the Mondriaan Foundation and villages
The Friday Session FEMINISM IS ON THE AGENDA resulted in a
collective wish and attempt to continue the discussion from the
As part of the Nought to Sixty
Programme at the ICA, London,
FEMINISM IS ON THE AGENDA will be continued in public, on Monday 20
October 2008 at 20.00 in the Nash Room.
The issues and questions to be addressed at the ICA salon have
been collected from contributors and guests involved so far. The
evening will be informally moderated, and the issues that have been
suggested include a reflection
- on the need to keep Feminism as a separate area or to discuss and
practice it within wider emancipation movements
- on the role of feminist theories and methodologies within
architectural and spatial education and practice
- on obstacles that make it difficult for feminists to actually
practice a feminist agenda.
Contributors include Doina Petrescu, Jane Rendell, Ruth Morrow,
taking place collective, Sarah Smith, Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre,
Rebecca Ross, Torange Khonsari, Amy Fenneck, editors MAP, Kathrin
Böhm, Anna Holder, Meike Schalk, Celine Condorelli, Nathalie
Guests who can't attend the event at the ICA are welcome to join
the discussion on the night via skype text.
A fanzine will be published and distributed together with the
fanzine of the first
"Feminism is on the Agenda" fanzine.
The event is free of charge but places are limited. To book your
place please contact the ICA ticket office.
Art and Regeneration.
A half day symposium from 14.00 10 18.00
followed by a public round table discussion at 18.30
Friday 12th September 2008
8 the Old High Street,
Kent CT20 1RL, UK
T: 44 (0) 1303 244533
The event is an initiative by public works as part of the
Triennial and in association with Folkestone based Strange Cargo, Club Shepway,
Foundation and the Research Network Forum.
The half day symposium brings together a number of practitioners
and organisations from Folkestone and the South East Coast, who are
involved in cultural programmes that are linked to regeneration
Art and Regeneration are two terms frequently used to describe
current changes in Folkestone. The event wants to provide a
platform to look at actual cultural programmes and initiatives, and
to discuss overlaps and differences in existing and projected ideas
and strategies for Folkestone.
14.00 Welcome by Strange Cargo and public works
14.10 Introduction by public works
14.40 Presentation by Brigitte Orasinski from Strange Cargo
15.10 Presentation by Nick Ewbank Creative Foundation followed by
16.00 Presentation by Andrea Schlieker from Folkestone Triennial
followed by questions
16.30 Presentation by Laura Mansfield and Matt Rowe from Club
Shepway followed by questions
17.00 Break out Session
17.45 Plenum and feedback from the 2 Sessions
18.00 Break and Refreshments
18.30 - 20.00
Public panel discussion with
Andrea Schlieker (Folkestone Triennial)
Nick Ewbank (Creative Foundation)
Paul Rennie (Folkestone Research Network Forum)
Laura Mansfield (Club Shepway)
Brigitte Orasinski (Strange Cargo)
Chaired by Kathrin Böhm (public works)
The event is free, but seats are limited.
For more information and bookings please contact Kathrin@publicworksgroup.net
About the partners organising the event
(all texts are taken from the organisation's websites)
public works is a London based artist and architects collective
involved in this year's Folkestone Triennial. public works develops
physical and non physical models to allow for a participatory and
cross-hierarchical reflection and shaping of public spaces. Their
contribution to the triennial is a mobile mapping station called
"Folkestonomy" (www.folkestonomy.net) which
traces everyday cultural spaces within the town and compiles
individual mappings in a growing on line map.
Over its eleven year lifespan, Strange Cargo has established a
reputation for high profile quality public art, and has delivered
award-winning projects, including Like the Back of my Hand, an
extensive installation at Folkestone Central station which recently
won the Rouse Kent Public Art Award. In its public art involvement,
Strange Cargo seeks to create works of context, leaving communities
with lasting meaningful landmarks and a sense of participation in
their surrounding environment.
Club Shepway is a group of emerging artists and writers based in
Folkestone. Playing with local histories, hidden memories and
current affairs Club Shepway is concerned with the social and
commercial development occurring in the area. Through events,
exhibitions and interventions Club Shepway aims to develop an
active arena of cultural debate within the current process of
How do you regenerate a once-fashionable but now faded seaside
The regeneration question matters across Britain, and for the
Folkestone-based Creative Foundation it demands an innovative
answer: we want to revitalise the town by attracting and harnessing
the energies of creative people and businesses.
One of the of the most ambitious public art projects to be
presented in the UK, the Triennial is a three-yearly exhibition of
works which will be specially commissioned for public spaces
throughout Folkestone. The selected artists have responded to the
invitation with proposals for artworks that engage with the Kent
coastal town's history, population, culture and built environment
to create a cutting-edge contemporary art exhibition.
The Triennial is conceived and curated by curator Andrea Schlieker,
co-curator of the British Art Show 2005/06, and aims to examine
changing notions of art in the public realm. The inaugural
Folkestone Triennial will include both temporary works, which will
remain in situ for the three months of the show, and a number of
permanent works. This pattern will be repeated in subsequent
Triennials so that, over time, Folkestone will become a centre for
contemporary art of the highest calibre.
Regeneration Network Forum
The Research Network Forum (RNF) is organised by Dr Paul Rennie of
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. It is
hosted by University Centre Folkestone and is supported by the
The RNF will take place over three separate days over the summer of
2008. The RNF coincides with the Folkestone Triennial - an
international festival of contemporary public sculpture.
The town of Folkestone is a historic seaside resort on the south
coast of Britain (located at the English end of the Channel
Tunnel). Like many seaside towns, it has suffered from a variety of
economic and social problems that devolve from the perception of
economic marginalisation and collapse of the traditional English
Those problems are now being actively addressed through cultural
regeneration. The Creative Foundation is engaged in promoting this
regeneration through a variety of initiatives, not least the 2008,
2011 and 2014 Folkestone Triennials. In addition, the arrival of
HS1 rail services to-and-from London will place Folkestone at one
end of a development corridor stretching from King's Cross to East
Kent, via the Olympic sites of East London.
Accordingly, Folkestone is a uniquely qualified environment in
which to investigate the effectiveness of these regeneration
strategies and to elaborate the interdisciplinary and collaborative
methodologies that will support the proper analysis of regeneration
This Is Not A Gateway
(TINAG)will be hosting another salon at public works studio,
this time about "The Medical City".
The number one cause of death amongst children in the developing
world is not famine or war, but respiratory illness due to urban
pollution. In a rapidly increasing urbanised world there is an
urgency to address the complexities between cities and public
health. Should the medical fraternity be the future builders of
What can urbanists learn from medicine? Could the medical
knowledge, lexicon and methodologies be adopted and applied to
cities? How can the
knowledge from building hospitals be extended
to cities? What knowledge does a paramedic who navigates a city's
streets and treats its citizens have that might be vital? What can
be learned about public health from a land contamination officer?
How can public health be put at the
forefront in city planning?
This Is Not A Gateway have brought together three compelling
urbanists to consider the historic relationship between urban
planning and public health, to explore how medical knowledge can be
adapted by city planners,and to discuss how public health can
become an integral part of urban planning:
• ELIZABETH FONSECA, Environmental Quality Manager, Borough of
Hammersmith and Fulham
• PHIL GUSACK, Architect and
Director of gusack.com
• CHRIS SHARP, Urban Software Designer, Holistic City
Salons are informal, free and open to all. There are always beer
and beigals. To register, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org