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Talks and lectures

Becontree takes over: A RIBA Late

Expect a night of live performances, installations, talks and tours across RIBA as we celebrate the Becontree Estate.

Join us as we open our building and exhibitions after hours to mark the centenary of the Becontree Estate. Expect music, dance, workshops and conversations co-programmed with the artist Verity-Jane Keefe to bring the life of this Barking and Dagenham community into the heart of central London.

Download the RIBA Late programme (PDF)

Pop-up talks

East End Women’s Museum on opening a new museum in Barking to represent the stories of women in London’s East End.

Photographers Kalpesh Lathigra and David Bennett on photographing the trees of Becontree.

Nimtim architects on plans for a number of unused green corner plots across the Becontree Estate.


Barking & Dagenham Youth Dance (BDYD)


Coated in trails of Wisteria, Barking & Dagenham College Photography Department.

Corner plot commission - an exhibit bringing together shortlisted proposals for re-working a number of green corner plots across Becontree.

Drop-in workshops

Eclectic estates – design and add your own house to our very own streetscape which will grow and spread across the night.

Experiment with pargeting – an opportunity to experiment with a new technique and create your own plasticine parget motif to take home with you.


A collection of short films capturing the Becontree Estate now and how it has changed over the past 100 years.

Artist-led exhibition tours

Tours across the night led by artist Verity-Jane Keefe and photographer Kalpesh Lathigra.

Entry is free but registration is essential.

This event is part of RIBA's programme of events for the Becontree centenary, a partnership between Create London and RIBA, supported using public funding from Arts Council England, Art Fund and Span Trust.