The Return of Architecture + Art

Following The AF’s celebrated Architecture + Art: Crossover & Collaboration series, held at Tate Modern in 2009, Architecture + Art returns for Summer 2012 with If You Build It, Will They Come?

Across three events, the thematic series If You Build It... will explore regional newly built museums across the UK, examining the confluence of architecture and art as agents of urban change.

Programmed in response to the explosion of new galleries that have opened across the UK in recent years, from David Chipperfield's Turner Contemporary to Rafael Vinoly's firstsite, If You Build It... asks such questions as - 'can a museum 'make a city?', 'who are the new museums for?', and 'what is an appropriate architecture for a forward thinking art institution?

The opening event of the series 'From Bilbao to Hastings' explores the role of UK arts institutions and culture in providing a sense of civic identity and stimulating urban renaissance and will include a special tour of the recently opened Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, by its architects, HAT Projects.

Speakers include Peter Jenkinson (cultural broker and first director of The New Art Gallery Walsall), Donna Lynas (Artistic director, Wysing Arts Centre), Victoria Pomery (director, Turner Contemporary), and architects of the Jerwood Hastings, HAT Projects.

Tickets for 'From Bilbao to Hastings' are on sale now:

Image: Jerwood Gallery, photograph courtesy of Ioana Marinescu