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Grayson Perry launches Bartlett 175 celebrations with inaugural Donaldson Lecture

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Award-winning artist Grayson Perry will deliver the first Donaldson Lecture in January, launching a programme of special events celebrating 175 years of architectural education at The Bartlett

The lecture is a major new annual public event that aims to draw links between the built environment sector and the wider world.

The Architectural Review will support the special year of celebratory ʻBartlett 175ʼ events as media partner. AR editor Christine Murray said: “We are delighted to be supporting this landmark anniversary year and look forward to a series of thought-provoking discussions and events.”

The lecture is named in honour of Thomas Leverton Donaldson, who in 1841was appointed UCLʼs first Chair in Architecture, one of the first in the UK, founding what later became The Bartlett School of Architecture.

Grayson Perry recently collaborated with architects FAT on House for Essex. His lecture will take place on Wednesday 13 January at Conway Hall.

Professor Bob Sheil, director of The Bartlett School of Architecture, said: “Grayson Perryʼs work and his discourse position him as one of the most insightful and provoking intellects of our day.

A House for Essex Jack Hobhouse

FAT and Grayson Perry’s House for Essex

‘As a school that defines itself through rigorous experimentation and research, we are immensely proud that a figure of such significance will launch a year of events in celebration of our anniversary.’

Other highlights of Bartlett 175 anniversary year include ʻThink Spaceʼ, a new forum for cross-disciplinary discussion and debate, curated by Bartlett School of Architecture alum Jeremy Melvin, which will explore the intersections between art, architecture and neuroscience.

In April the school will host ʻaae2016ʼ a major international conference on the theme of Research-based education, by the Association of Architectural Educators.

In the lead up to autumn, The Bartlett School of Architectureʼs newly refurbished home, 22 Gordon Street, will reopen with a series of special exhibitions and events, including ʻBrought to Lightʼ, ʻThe Big Drawʼ and ʻ80 at 80ʼ, an exhibition of drawings by Professor Sir Peter Cook celebrating his 80th birthday.

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