AFYN present Life (not quite) Outside Architecture: #2 Public Art

Join the Architecture Foundation's Young Trustees for the second event in their new six-part series exploring disciplines outside traditional architectural practice


06:30pm, Wednesday, 17 March 2021


07:30pm, Wednesday, 17 March 2021

All talks are free and accessible to everyone, but for security reasons, we do require attendees to have a registered Zoom account.

All times are stated in UK time (GMT)


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Are you stuck in an architecture vacuum? Do all your friends wear black turtlenecks and share endless Dank Lloyd Wright memes? 

If you’re looking for a fresh perspective, then you've come to the right place. Over the next few months, the AF Young Trustees are hosting a collection of divergent voices, from disciplines covering public sector, community, development, curation, journalism, academia and more - all the speakers have one thing in common; they all started out studying architecture. 

The seemingly predetermined marathon towards obtaining the coveted architect title sends people down a path which rarely leaves an opportunity to pause and question the direction it takes them. This series brings together those voices that at some point questioned their destination and applied their skills in a different environment.

In the second event, we talk to Seyi Adelekun,  an artist, architectural designer and creative practitioner, Leyla Fakhr, curator, producer, advisor and founder of Art Square Projects and Catherine Borowski, artist and founder of SKIP Gallery and Produce UK, to explore what happens when you step inside the world of public art. We will ask them what inspired them, what they do in their current role, and their top tips for becoming an artist. Do you really have to be a tortured soul, what if you're just an architect with a dream?

#2 Public Art will be hosted by Young Trustee Hanna Benihoud.

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Seyi Adelekun is an artist, architectural designer and creative practitioner. She currently works at Assemble, collectively holding the role as artist-in-resident to develop a spatial justice centre in East London. She worked as an Art Producer for Artangel, working on London’s largest outdoor art exhibition for Steve McQueen's Year 3 Project. As a practicing artist, she sees public art as a fun and accessible platform to engage the wider public with prevalent issues. Her sensory installation Plastic Pavilion has exhibited nationally and promotes the need for a regenerative circular economy. Seyi is a Black Females in Architecture Advocate and is committed to using design and placemaking as a tool to empower young people to nurture healthier relationship with themselves and their environment through creative workshops and teaching resources.

Leyla Fakhr works as a curator, producer and advisor. She is the founder and director of Art Square Projects an agency that develops contemporary art projects with special focus on Public Art. Her clients include developers such as Berkeley Homes and St Georges. In 2020 she curated  ‘From Tehran, with Love’ in Los Angeles, California for Magic of Persia, which was displayed during Frieze LA 2020. She published and edited a monograph on Iranian artist Reza Aramesh with focus on his public marble sculptures as well as bronze pieces that were produced in the last 5 years. In 2015 she produced ‘Monir’, a documentary directed by Bahman Kiarostami on life and work on the acclaimed artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian. Previously she worked for eight years at Tate, London where she contributed to the acquisitions of Modern and Contemporary British art as well as art from the Middle Eastern and North Africa. She was curator at the not-for-profit organisation Green Cardamom (2006-2009), where she worked on numerous exhibitions with artists predominantly from South Asia and the Middle East. She received her MA in Creative Curating at Goldsmith University(2006). In 2009 she was the recipient for the Abraaj Capital Art Prize with the artist Nazgol Ansarinia and in 2006 she was awarded the International Curators Invitational from Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris. 

Catherine Borowski is a practicing artist and a placemaking specialist. She is the founder and creative director of Produce UK and is also the director of Skip Gallery. SKIP Gallery is an ongoing collaborative artwork, created by artistic duo Baker & Borowski. Their idea is to offer opportunities for artistic interventions in unexpected places, utilising a specially modified skip. Skips are part of our everyday lives, providing the means with which we voraciously dismantle and renew our urban environment. They are so prevalent that we barely notice them. They represent that which we want to jettison, to forget, and so there is a profound irony in the creation of artistic works, housed in a skip.