Friday Sessions are informal talks and presentations hosted by public works on Friday evenings with invited guests and friends.


Join Polly Brannan from public works and members of the Kings Cross community in a local group walk around King's Cross on SUNDAY 14TH MARCH AT 2PM. The walk will revisit areas of Kings Cross (mainly Somerstown) which feature in the DIY REGENERATION project by public works which took place over the Summer of 2009 as part of the 'Junction' programme at Camden Arts Centre.

Visiting local cafes for tea stops, local initiatives and meeting residents who run the Somerstown Festival will give you the opportunity to find out what is going on in the area from a local perspective. As we walk we will fly poster the DIY tips which were collected during the summer residency in and around Kings Cross.
Get your blu-tac ready and eyes open!

We will meet outside the café 'Albertini's' on 20 Chalton Street, NW1 1JH
(5 mins from British Library)
To reserve a place email POLLY


We've moved into our new studio more than a year ago.

We finally will go live with our new public works website.
The year is still young enough to have new year's drinks!

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 with.

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 Friday Session.

Drawing by Thorsten Deckler of a typical Friday Session in Johannesburg


FS_36 visits Department 21 for a round table discussion on inter-disciplinary practice on Friday the 4th of December 2009, 1pm at the RCA

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 practice.

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 environment.

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 Social Centre
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 production.

Sarah Hunt from atelier d'archicture autogérée, Paris
Wapke Feenstra and Antje Schiffers from, 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 bar.


FS_34 EXTENDED EXSTENSIONS at South London Gallery

Please join us for a FRIDAY SESSION on
Friday 18th Sep from 19.00 to 20.30 at the
South London 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.

A Village Shop instead of a Friday Session, on Thursday 13th Nov at the Royal Academy



Launch of the Village Produce Films
during a Two Day Village Shop
13th and 14th November 2008
as part of Grizedale Arts' 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) and
Andreas Lang (public works).

Village produce from an extended network of producers will be on offer.
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, 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

This event is supported by the Mondriaan Foundation and villages mentioned.


FS_32 FEMINISM IS ON THE AGENDA, a continuation on Mon 20 Oct at 20.00 at the ICA

The Friday Session FEMINISM IS ON THE AGENDA resulted in a collective wish and attempt to continue the discussion from the evening.
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, Maria Walsh
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 Magnan.

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.


A half day symposium in Folkestone instead of a Friday Session In London. On Friday 12 Sep from 13.30 to 20.00

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

Georges House,
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 Folkestone Triennial and in association with Folkestone based Strange Cargo, Club Shepway, The Creative 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 issues.

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.


13.30 Registration
14.00 Welcome by Strange Cargo and public works
14.10 Introduction by public works
14.40 Presentation by Brigitte Orasinski from Strange Cargo followed
15.10 Presentation by Nick Ewbank Creative Foundation followed by questions
15.40 Coffeebreak
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

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" ( which traces everyday cultural spaces within the town and compiles individual mappings in a growing on line map.

Strange Cargo
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
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 regeneration.

Creative Foundation
How do you regenerate a once-fashionable but now faded seaside town?
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.

Folkestone Triennial
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 Creative Foundation.
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 seaside holiday.
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 economics.

No Friday Sessions in August!