• Charles Holland –The Architect of Grayson Perry’s Dream House

Join leading British architect Charles Holland to discuss the creation of A House for Essex, the 21st century building designed by FAT Architecture with Grayson Perry for Living Architecture.

Nicknamed the gingerbread house and described by Grayson Perry as ‘the Taj Mahal on the river Stour’ – A House for Essex created as a shrine to fictional character Julie Cope, means many things to many people. It is a mausoleum masquerading as a holiday home, a wayside chapel dedicated to a secular saint, and a house that you can stay in. Filled with tapestries, ceramics and decoration it reflects the multiple interests of Holland and Perry in the history of Essex, narrative, folk and high art.

This talk is a rare opportunity to discuss storytelling and decoration in contemporary architecture as well as how to work in collaboration.

Talk in association with Edinburgh College of Art ‘Lines’ Research Group

About Charles Holland
Charles Holland is the principal of Charles Holland Architects (CHA), an international architecture and design studio. Alongside the studio’s designs for buildings, exhibitions, public art and urban design, Holland is involved in teaching, writing and research. He is Professor of Architecture at the University of Brighton and a Visiting Tutor at the Royal College of Art. Before forming CHA, Charles was a founding director of Ordinary Architecture and a director of FAT where he led the collaboration with Grayson Perry on A House For Essex.

About Lines Research Group
The talk is held in association with Lines Research Group
, from the School of Design at Edinburgh College of Art, part of the University of Edinburgh. Lines is a group of people from across the design disciplines who share an interest in storytelling, narrative and the relationship of narrative to time, place, truth and materials.

Every ticket sold supports the work of The Dovecot Foundation to advance visual art, craft and design in all its forms.


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