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RIBA Trust hosts Drawing Expedition at the British Pavilion, Venice


20 August 2010

Press office contact:

Beatrice Cooke
T: +44 (0)207 307 3813
E: beatrice.cooke@riba.org

Saturday 28 August 2010, 2.30 – 5.30pm starting and finishing at Villa Frankenstein, the British Pavilion

Event curated by Christophe Egret, Studio Egret West

The Royal Institute of British Architects Trust (RIBA) is organising a Drawing Expedition event which will take place on Saturday 28 August 2010 at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Architect Christophe Egret will lead an expedition of 30 people to capture on paper the 30 Pavilions at the Biennale. Sam Jacob of FAT will lead a workshop on ‘copying’ at the British Pavilion. The activities will be followed by a ‘crit’ at the British Pavilion with Liza Fior of muf architecture/art Llp, Professor Joseph Rykwert and Paul Finch. The sketchbooks will then be donated to the British Architectural Library for future reference by students and scholars.


Christophe Egret said:

'So often we pass through the Pavilions with casual superficiality. Through laziness, boredom or exhaustion we experience the exhibitions and their surroundings without really looking. The Drawing Expedition's legacy will be 30 sketchbooks capturing an essence of each national Pavilion at a moment in time.'

The event has been supported by the British Council - the UK ’s leading educational and cultural relations organisation - who have commissioned the British Pavilion of the International Architecture Exhibition in Venice.

There are only 30 places available for this event. Those interested in taking part should secure their place by contacting Anita Smit, RIBA Trust - anita.smit@inst.riba.org, telephone 0207 307 3815. Pens and sketchbooks will be supplied on the day.

Notes to editors

Notes to Editors:

1.    For further information please contact Beatrice Cooke in the RIBA Press Office on 020 7307 3813; or beatrice.cooke@inst.riba.org. For press enquiries about the British Pavilion contact Jane Quinn or Tamsin Selby at Bolton & Quinn, +44 (0) 20 7221 5000; jq@boltonquinn.com or tamsin@boltonquinn.com.

2.    The British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, commissioned by Vicky Richardson, Director of Architecture, Fashion and Design at the British Council - the UK’s leading educational and cultural relations organisation - and featuring the London based practice, muf architecture/art Llp, opens to the public on Sunday 29 August 2010.

The Pavilion is ironically retitled Villa Frankenstein, making direct reference to the work of John Ruskin. It has been conceived by muf as a stage for drawing, discussion and scientific enquiry: an exchange of ideas between Venice and the UK.


The British Pavilion at the 12th Venice Architecture Biennale

Giardini della Biennale, Venice

29 August – 21 November 2010


3.    The RIBA Trust manages the cultural assets of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), including the internationally recognised collections of the British Architectural Library. It is the UK’s national architecture centre, delivering the RIBA Awards and RIBA Stirling Prize (live on BBC TWO); the Royal Gold Medal; International and Honorary Fellowships; a full programme of lectures, exhibitions, tours and other events; and an education programme. For further information visit www.architecture.com.

4.    The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. They work in over 100 countries worldwide to build engagement and trust for the UK through the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people. They work in the arts, education, English, science, sport and governance and last year we engaged face to face with 13.2 million people and reached 221 million. We are a non-political organisation which operates at arm’s length from government. Our total turnover in 2008/9 was £645 million, of which our grant-in-aid from the British government was £209 million. For every £1 of government grant we receive, we earn £2.21 from other sources. www.britishcouncil.org


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