Cartoons and participation in architecture: An exhibition with a sense of humour.
The city of London opens today its annual Festival of Architecture with the theme ‘Community’. From the 1st until the 30th of June, London residents and visitors alike will be able to indulge their architectural senses with a full programme of activities, events, talks, exhibitions and installations about architecture.
This year’s ‘Community’ theme seeks to explore the future of our city and the ways in which we can bring positive changes to London city life. Festival participants are asked to comment, reinterpret and redesign the city of London to encourage supporting communities and participation to grow. Over the past four years, we at the RIBA Bookshop have developed a creative participation programme by opening our doors to architects and artists who want to paint their designs on our walls, or hang their visions of architecture from our ceiling. To celebrate this year’s LFA, we have invited illustrator Ana Sandoval to design and paint a homage to London architecture on our temporary wall exhibition.
Throughout the month of June the Bookshop at Portland Place will host an exhibition of the work of British satirist and cartoonist Osbert Lancaster, together with a temporary mural by contemporary illustrator Ana Sandoval, who’s brought her light hearted sense of humour to depict some of the best known icons of London’s architecture and their starchitects in a more playful manner than we are accustomed to.
The bookshop is open to proposals from architects and artists who want to exhibit their work throughout the year in the form of drawings, photographs or bespoke designs for our temporary back wall. If you have an idea you’d like to discuss for our winter exhibition, feel free to approach one of our booksellers to express your interest.
The exhibition is free to visit during bookshop opening hours. We hope to see you soon to celebrate the London Festival of Architecture.