The artist Richard Wentworth and Observer Architecture critic Rowan Moore grapple with the plight of London in our times, our changing city and our identity within it. A conversation naturally lent new urgency by the approaching decision about London and England’s place within Europe and the international community.
The conversation will be held at Bold Tendencies on 5 July and will coincide with the launch of Richard Wentworth’s ‘Known Unknowns’ published by Plinth. Plinth commissions unique artist products and limited editions from the world’s leading contemporary artists, photographers and designers.
‘Known Unknowns’ is a bowl made of white, glazed bone china and its simple form rhymes readily with London’s gentle topographies. ‘LONDON’, that six letter word, sits at the centre, a cipher which proposes the way that its inhabitants ingest, digest, and pass through the city as a whole, and through the boroughs named around the rim.
Bold Tendencies is a multi-storey carpark, art space, bar and café which embodies the immutably creative spirit of a city which might seem poised on a sterile, corporate precipice. Wentworth’s ‘Agora’, a large-scale, abstract piece commissioned by the organisation in 2015, winds across the concrete of its top level – at once ‘folkloric’, geological, and part of the fabric of a modern city. Offering views across the urban metropolis, there is no more perfect place for a conversation about London.
The discussion will be hosted by Stella Ioannou, co-director of Sculpture In The City.
Rowan Moore is architecture critic of the Observer and was named Critic of the Year at the UK press awards 2014. He is the author of Why We Build, published in 2012 and his latest book is Slow Burn City: London in the Twenty First Century.
Doors open at 6pm
Please note that the entrance to Bold Tendencies has changed this year, so we’ve provided instructions to help below. The talk is taking place on Levels 7/8 of Peckham Car Park, SE15 5HQ. See http://boldtendencies.com/#visit for a map.
Access Bold Tendencies by foot:
Exit out of Peckham Rye station and continue straight ahead through the tunnel with Jenny’s Cafe on your right. Turn left and cross over Rye Lane, continuing straight towards Peckhamplex Cinema, passing Santander on your right. Take the staircase directly next to the cinema on the right to enter Bold Tendencies. Continue up the staircase until you come out onto the roof of the car park. From the roof, veer diagonally right until you see a ramp which takes you down to levels 7/8.
There will no longer be parking available on levels 0-10, however there is very limited Pay and Display on level -01. We strongly advise that you do not arrive by car where possible but if necessary, see Southwark Council’s website for more information on local parking options.
If you have any access requirements as our main entrance is through a stairwell, please get in touch at tom@boldtendencies prior to the event, so we can ensure we meet your needs by meeting you to come via another (non-public) entrance.