To celebrate 30 years of Hawkins\Brown, and three years of Studio North, we were delighted to take over the Whitworth Art Gallery on Thursday and launch It's Your Building with our Manchester friends.
This is the first time the practice has been involved in the locally renowned Whitworth ‘Thursday Lates’, and an exceptional line-up of interactive activities and debate was scheduled for the evening. The night commenced with live drawing, drinks and nibbles by Modern Caterer followed by a welcoming introduction by partners Katie Tonkinson and Hazel York. They introduced the book It’s Your Building, which highlights some of the practice’s landmark projects from the past 30 years. Partner, Morag Morrison spoke about the book and the essays within it before opening up debate. A panel debate chaired by Lou Cordwell (Magnetic North) followed, covering the theme ‘Art and Architecture: Parallel Lines’. Other panel members included Jes Fernie (Jes Fernie), Liam Hopkins (Lazarian), Samantha Lackey (The Whitworth), David Bickle (Hawkins\Brown) and Richard Brook (MSA).
Before clambering into taxis and heading to the after-party hosted at The Refuge, guests enjoyed the live drawing sessions hosted by four of our talented in-house artists, including recent RIBA Rising Star winner Jonathan Chan.
Overall, the Whitworth Take-over was an interactive and thoroughly social evening of debate, live art and excellent company. Follow the link below to purchase the book.
“Our book, It’s Your Building, is a celebration of projects that encapsulate Hawkins\Brown’s approach to architecture as something creative, collaborative and generous.”
Hazel York, Head of Civic, Community & Culture, Hawkins\Brown