A programme of art, architecture and infrastructure to mark the centenary of the UK’s biggest council housing estate


Kalpesh Lathigra

Artist-led tour of The Tree of a Man named Beohha – Becontree now

Royal Institute of British Architects

14 October 2021

Join RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) for this intimate and personal tour led by both the photographer Kalpesh Lathigra and RIBA Curator Pete Collard of a brand new exhibition of works commissioned by RIBA as part of the Becontree centenary. The series is presented as an observational study with photographs that shift between architectural portraits and closer studies of some of the many unique details found across the individual homes of the Becontree Estate.

Lathigra will share his experience documenting Becontree over a series of walks between Spring and Summer 2021, reflecting on what he learned about the buildings across the estate and their inhabitants through close and continual observation.

The tour will take place on Thursday 14 October, 6-7pm. Tickets cost £5 + booking fees. To find out more click here.

RIBA is offering a number of complimentary tickets to local residents, if you’re interested in attending an event please contact talks@riba.org

To view more RIBA events taking place over the Becontree centenary click here.

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Kalpesh Lathigra’s work occupies the space between documentary and art. He was educated in Photojournalism at the London College of Printing before joining The Independent as a staff photographer, later covering news and features as a freelancer for the UK national press. In 2000, he left newspaper work to dedicate his practice to documentary projects and assignments, and embarking on long term projects, documenting the lives of widows in India, and looking at life with the Oglala Sioux at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

The new commission The Tree of a Man named Beohha - Becontree now will be open from 8 October 2021 and is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and the Art Fund with additional support from the Span Trust.