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Becontree Centenary Commissions Curator Tour

Royal Institute of British Architects

19 January 2022

Join RIBA Exhibitions Curator Pete Collard for an intimate tour of two new commissions at RIBA: Lived in Architecture with artist Verity-Jane Keefe, and The Tree of a Man named Beohha, new photography by Kalpesh Lathigra, as part of the Becontree centenary.

Lived in Architecture reflects on the political and architectural decision making that has shaped the largest council estate in the UK, linking the personal to the popular, the original to the ready-made and the past to the present. New work by Keefe is presented alongside original objects from the RIBA Collections to reflect an estate that is constantly evolving along with its community, challenging preconceived judgement of what is original and authentic – and to whom? The tour will also delve into the processes behind new photography by Kalpesh Lathigra. Offering a comparative study of present day Becontree, Lathigra draws attention to both the built volumes and the undefined spaces in between, reflecting on the natural order of architecture and the estate’s relationship to the previous landscape.

The tour will take place on Wednesday 19 January, 6-7pm. Tickets cost £5 + booking fees. To find out more click here.

There will also be a curator tour of the exhibitions on 2 November 2021, 17 November 2021 and 2 February 2022. 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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RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) is a global professional membership body driving excellence in architecture. They serve their members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. Being inclusive, ethical, environmentally aware and collaborative underpins all that they do.

This event is part of the Becontree centenary, a partnership between Create London and RIBA, supported using public funding from Arts Council England, Art Fund and Span Trust.