Upcoming Gallery Events not to miss!

Photographer Elisabeth Blanchet has spent over 11 years building an archive of post-war prefabricated homes and communities in the UK. Prefabs – Palaces for the people is a multimedia exhibition that includes photographs, interviews, short films, stories, an ipad interactive platform and prefab memorabilia.

Over the years there has been much interest in prefabs from writers, the general public and through the media. Actor Michael Caine and politician Neil Kinnock were both famously brought up in prefabs. Recently, the popular television programmes Foyle’s War and Call the Midwife have both featured prefabs and ignited people’s interest in, and nostalgia for, post-war British design. Architectural heritage consultant and writer Greg Stevenson and sustainable housing expert, architect and writer Brenda Vale have authored two of many books on prefabs.

© Abandoned Prefabs in Newport, Wales, waiting for demolition

Elisabeth Blanchet In-Conversation

With Architect Ian Abley & Historian Julian Holder

Saturday 13 July, 14:00 in the Photofusion Gallery

Ian Abley, with his wife Kate Abley, runs ‘Audacity’, a campaigning company that advocates developing the man-made environment. With Professor James Woudhuysen of De Montfort University in Leicester, Abley is the co-author of Why is construction so backward? (Wiley, 2004). He is also the co-editor of Manmade Modular Megastructures (AD magazine, January/February 2006). He occasionally writes for Building Magazine, and is starting a regular column in Construction Manager.

Julian Holder is an architectural historian. He contributed to the publication ‘Cold War kitchen: Americanisation, Technology & European Users’ (2008). Holder was commissioned to do research on Prefabs by the English Heritage in the early nineties. This research then lead to the first Prefabs to be legally protected in Birmingham as part of the EH post-1939 thematic survey. Holder also worked with Venezuelan artist Meyer Vaisman for an exhibition on prefabs at Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery in 1998.

Catford Prefab Estate Tour

Saturday 20 July, 14:00, meeting at the Catford Estate

We will meet at the Catford estate (address details will be sent to those booked on). Once there, Elisabeth will give us a tour round the prefab estate, and hopefully introduce you to some of the locals she met throughout her project.

OAP Afternoon Tea Party & Exhibition Tour

Tuesday 30 July, 14:00 in the Photofusion Gallery

For this event we welcome you to an OAP Tea Party, where everyone can come together to share their stories and memories of prefab estates whilst enjoying some tea and traditional post-war recipe cakes. Elisabeth Blanchet will also be there to talk about her 11 year photographic archive project and give a tour of the exhibition.

To book a place on any of these events:
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+44 (0) 20 7738 5774