Friday 5 July

Architectural Association

AA Projects Review is the Architectural Association’s annual end of year show. Student work is displayed throughout the buildings to showcase the different unit or programme’s year-long brief and agenda. Every student who has passed through the Architectural Association, from Foundation to PhD, Zaha Hadid to Richard Rogers, has had their work scrutinised by the public in the annual AA Projects Review.

This year, almost 800 students will showcase their visions for the future of architecture, to anyone with an inquiring eye. This year’s show will merge the work of students and alumni, breaking the traditional boundaries between academia and practice to look at the much longer trajectory of an AA project.

No ticket or booking is necessary for this exhibition!

Bedford Square

Explore the history of London through the paintings collected by Paul Mellon! For the duration of the Festival there will be a unique opportunity to journey through London via paintings of the city by Constable, Canaletto and Zoffany. Just by walking around Bedford Square Garden you will be able to see views such as those of the river at Greenwich to the markets of Camden – as seen by the eyes of the artists.


The replicas of these paintings (which are held at the Yale Center for British Art) will be accompanied by text compiled by Martin Postle from the Paul Mellon Centre.

No ticket or booking required.

9-10am | Talk | Jeffrey Boloten

Sotheby’s Institute of Art

This informal talk will offer some essential insights into the often opaque inner-workings, as well as the current state, of the Global Art Market. Key issues to be addressed and highlighted will include; the size, and rate of growth of the high profile contemporary art market / how the gallery and auction house spheres operate, and cooperate / how the art market responds to major external forces and economies / as well as future trends and opportunities to be much anticipated onward.

Paul Mellon Centre

An opportunity to visit the Paul Mellon Centre’s Public Study Room at 16 Bedford Square. This is the main reading room for consulting material from the PMC’s Research Collections, which includes a library of books on British art and architecture and the archives of art historians, curators, critics, dealers in the field of British art.

The Public Study Room reference library is arranged on the open shelves and visitors are welcome to walk around and browse these books. There will also be an opportunity to view particular items from the Research Collections relevant to the ‘The artist in the garden and the garden in art’ theme of the BSF talks held at the PMC.

Booking is not necessary, just pop in.

10am-12pm | Art Class | Rebecca Hunter

Paul Mellon Centre

Join us for a fun and relaxed introduction to watercolours taught by Rebecca Hunter of Drawn together Art Collective.

This painting session will teach guest how to use watercolours using techniques such as 'lifting out' and wax resistance. Guests will be taught how to paint this atmospheric scene from Southbank looking out at The Houses of Parliament. 

11.30am-1.30pm | Talk & Picnic Lunch | Eileen Hogan

Paul Mellon Centre & Bedford Square Garden

Join us for a conversation and lunch with the artist Eileen Hogan. Two dominant themes have emerged in Hogan’s recent work: gardens and portraiture. Working across different media, Hogan is an acute observer of the fleeting details of nature and of people. On her daily walks to and from her studio, Hogan has become fascinated by the inner worlds of London’s garden squares. Likewise, her portraits capture something other than the visible appearance of her sitters. On the occasion of a survey exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art, Hogan will discuss the inspirations and interests that have inspired her.

1-2.15pm | Panel Discussion | Professor Jos Hackforth-Jones, Jeffrey Boloten, Dr Juliet Hacking and others

Sotheby's Institute of Art

The art world is in a period of rapid and significant change. The competing pressures of both increased financialisation and increased transparency have been transformative. The art and tech revolution is well underway with blockchain as the most headline-grabbing development. Where does one go to understand the paradigm shifts for art institutions and for the new ways in which artists and art world intermediaries are operating? Come to this session to hear more.  

2-3pm | Exhibition Tour

Architectural Association

Architecture exhibitions are often hard to understand. Experimental ideas dwell on the invention of new terminology, abstract ideas and never-before seen concepts. To the unfamiliar eye these ideas seem to have landed from another planet without any clear explanation or specificity to anchor them.

To accompany Projects Review 2019, students across the school will shape a new reading of the exhibition as told through a selection of projects that cut across the boundaries of units, years, programmes and hierarchy. These themed tours will allow visitors to follow a narrative trajectory and experience the exhibition through that lens. 

2.30-3.30pm | Workshop | Dr Chantal Brotherton-Ratcliffe

Sotheby's Institute of Art

If you have ever thought that a painting by one of the Old Masters looked stiff, dull or dowdy, the reason might lie in the very limited materials available to painters of earlier periods, or in the accidents that time and humans have wrought on their works. This session is a demonstration of some of those intractable materials such as red lead and copper resinate, as well as some examples of damage and restoration.

3-4.30pm | Talk | Martin Postle

Paul Mellon Centre

The talk explores the life and achievements of the artist and landscape gardener, Humphrey Waterfield.  It coincides with the current Drawing Room Display at the Paul Mellon Centre, which uses material gifted to the Centre in 2017 from the collection of the distinguished scholar, museum director and writer, Giles Waterfield, who was the nephew of Humphrey Waterfield. In addition to exploring Humphrey Waterfield’s life as an artist, the talk will discuss the evolution of his pioneering garden, Hill Pasture, in Essex from the mid-1930s to Waterfield’s death in 1971, and the house he built there, designed by the Modernist architect, Sir Ernö Goldfinger. 

5-6pm | Workshop | Daniel Dresner

Bloomsbury Publishing

A powerful interactive workshop aimed at actors wanting to easily improve their skills. Using life-coaching principles and techniques you will gain clarity on who you are and create an unrestricted creative space from which you can develop your craft.

Daniel Dresner is a leading UK acting coach whose clients range from actors starting out to Hollywood stars. He studied the Method at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York and life coaching with the Coaches Training Institute.

5-7pm | Panel Discussion and Tour of Digital Prototyping Lab 

Architectural Association

Join us for a panel discussion around the role of robots in the future of architectural practice and related disciplines. The event will be followed by a tour of the Digital Prototyping Lab and a drinks reception.

5-6pm | In Conversation | Tatty Hennessy in conversation with Professor Penny Gay

Sotheby's Institute of Art

Before the performance by Shakespeare in the Squares in Bedford Square, Director and playwright Tatty Hennessy will speak about Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in conversation with Professor Penny Gay of Shakespeare Reloaded. Tatty Hennessy is an award-winning playwright, dramaturg and director. She returns to direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Shakespeare in the Squares following her production of As You Like It last year.

7-10pm | Performance | Shakespeare in the Squares

Bedford Square Garden

Shakespeare in the Squares presents a new production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare's wild play of love and magic, where the action is transplanted to 1920s Britain, a country bruised by battle and economic hardship featuring moonlight, music, madness and circus.

The production will be directed by Tatty Hennessy who directed last year's highly successful production of As You Like It.

Adult: £24 | Student: £18 | Child: £12.50