Assemble: The hand-made and the improvised

Date 18.11.15

Time 6.00 - 7.30pm

Location Arnolfini


A talk by Assemble at Arnolfini on the 18th November 2015.


Do hand-made, improvised and small-scale interventions have any real impact on the long term social and political life of a city? Do these projects really benefit those involved, and if so how?

Assemble is a team of 18 young architects and designers who seek to champion a working practice that is interdependent and collaborative. Their projects include an adventure playground in East Glasgow, a temporary cinema in an unused Clerkenwell petrol station and collaborative affordable workspaces in Walthamstow and Bow. In Liverpool they joined residents of the Granby Four Streets in Toxteth in their 20-year battle to save their homes; work which has earned Assemble a nomination for the 2015 Turner Prize.

This event will feature a presentation of selected works by Assemble including two primary school commissions in Bristol developed as part of the Primary Capital Programme, followed by a panel discussion with Dr Stephen Knott of Liverpool Hope University and Jonathan Mosley Associate Professor of Architecture, at University of the West of England.

This event is part of the ‘Art in the City’ Lecture series, organised by Arnolfini, Bristol City Council, and the University of the West of England. Supported by Bristol City Council.


Assemble is a multi-disciplinary collective working across architecture, design and art. Founded in 2010 to undertake a single self-built project, Assemble has since delivered a diverse and award-winning body of work, whilst retaining a democratic and co-operative working method that enables built, social and research based work at a variety of scales, both making things and making things happen.

Giles and Amica:

Giles and Amica are founding members of Assemble. Amica has been heavily involved in the origin, creation and development of Baltic Street Adventure Playground in Glasgow. Giles is currently working across a number of projects from a healthy chicken-shop to an alternative city plan for Vancouver. Both are interested in the role of the amateur, and of amateur making, in the development of architectural practice.

Free for UWE staff and students with ID. £6 / £5 Concessions. To book tickets call Arnolfni box office on: +44 (0)117 9172300 / 01 or email: /

Tickets can be collected in person from Arnolfini Box Office from 11am on the day of the event.

Steven Claydon’s work brings together objects recalling historical artefacts, cultural ephemera and geological samples, skillfully mixing different cultures and periods of history. Merging reality with fiction, and appearing at once meaningful and useless, Claydon’s works oscillate between an idea of truth and fantasy, seeming to offer a fragmented image of a future civilisation’s past. He will talk about his practice and new commission in Bristol.