For The People
Leaf, Portland Street, Manchester
The Modernist Society are pleased to present a day of talks on modernist architecture and design. With thanks to the generous support of the Paul Mellon Centre we are bringing together some of the leading thinkers in the field, talking on a wide range of subjects from municipal bins, and civic sculpture.
Dr Linda King: Irish Design Modernism - negotiating a Post-Colonial identity
Dr Linda King gives an introduction to the history of modernist design and visual culture in Ireland. Her talk focusses on applications of Irish design modernism in the domestic realm, considering consumer practices as a way to understand the country’s post-colonial identity, and implications within the ongoing EU / Brexit debate. Dr Linda King is a lecturer in Design and Visual Culture at The Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) in Dún Laoghaire, Ireland. She is also a board member at National Museum of Ireland and visiting scholar of Design and Irish Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. As well as this she is Design Curator on the RTÉ1 television programme National Treasures and has been published globally.
Dr Dominic Wilkinson: F.X. Velarde - Working with Artists
Dominic came to Liverpool as a student in the late 1980’s making his home in the city as an architect, lecturer and researcher, with a particular interest in post 1945 Modernist architecture. He teaches at Liverpool John Moores University and is completing a book (in association with Andrew Crompton of Liverpool University) for the Twentieth Century Society, on the work of Liverpool architect F X Velarde. Other research includes chapters on the buildings of Dewi-Prys Thomas, for a book edited by Alan Powers, exhibitions on the life and death of the Churchill Way flyovers, and a long-running quest to track down the 298 entries for the 1959 competition for Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. His past lives in practice include Shed KM, Austin Smith Lord and independently, resulting in a number of award-winning buildings internationally and around the North West.
Theo Inglis: Mid-Century magazine design and the Cultural Cold War
Theo Inglis is a freelance graphic designer and writer, he is a graduate of the Royal College of Art's Critical Writing in Art & Design MA, and his debut book Mid-Century Modern Graphic Design was published by Batsford in May 2019.
Simon Phipps: Concrete Poetry - photographing post-war public art
Simon Phipps is a well-known photographer of post-war modernist architecture and is the author of three books: Brutal London, Finding Brutalism and Concrete Poetry: Post-War Modernist Public Art. Finding Brutalism won the DAM Architectural Book Award 2018 and was awarded bronze at the German Photobook Award 2018.
Dr Dawn Pereira: Concrete too is Beautiful - how William Mitchell’s casting process humanised Post-War urban landscapes.
Dr Dawn Pereira is an artist, writer and teacher. She is currently writing a publication about British post-war architectural sculptor William Mitchell, which is funded by a Henry Moore Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship.
Corin Mellor: Teaspoons to Traffic Lights
Corin Mellor offers a unique insight into the design history of his father David Mellor, one of Britain’s greatest post-war designers, and the company he founded. Born in Sheffield in 1930, David Mellor became one of the most influential and versatile designers of his generation designing everything from street furniture, typewriters and garden tools as well as the fine cutlery and tableware the company is most famous for today. A rare and personal look at the life and legacy of this master modernist.
Dr Katrina Navickas: Keep Britain Tidy - designing the National Anti-Litter Campaign
Dr Katrina Navickas is Reader in History at the University of Hertfordshire and runs the @ruralmodernism Twitter account for the Rural Modernism network.
Rosamund West: Concrete Londoners - the LCC's sculpture and social housing
Rosamund Lily West is doing a part-time PhD entitled 'London County Council housing and public art, 1943-1965' at Kingston University. She is also the Paul Mellon Research Curator at the Royal Society of Sculptors.
Vicky Jolley: Prime Movers - urban renewal through amenity dispersion in Central Lancashire New Town
Vicky Jolley presents a theoretical city model based on decentralisation and growth achieved through amenity and employment distribution. She will outline different new-town typologies to show how each approach varied. Victoria Jolley is an architect and Senior Lecturer at the Manchester School of Architecture. She is currently completing a PhD focusing on Central Lancashire New Town, which has nurtured an interest in polycentric regions and dynamic growth theories. She also undertakes research into the CIAM network and the MARS group's campaigns.