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Charles Holland and Grayson Perry in Conversation

18 November 18:30 - 20:00
Organized by: The Building Centre
The Building Centre
26 Store Street

Join contemporary artist Grayson Perry and architect Charles Holland to discuss the design and production of A House for Essex, a seminal building and art piece by FAT Architecture and Grayson Perry for Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture company.


A House for Essex is designed as a contemporary interpretation of the wayside or pilgrimage chapel. The form and decoration of the house explores the historic and contemporary character of Essex. It is also a commemoration of Julie Cope, a fictional ‘Essex everywoman’ created by Perry. The exterior is clad in 2,300 deep olive green and white ceramic tiles, designed by Perry, that depict totems of Julie’s life.


This event is part of the 'Hand Held to Super Scale: Building with Ceramics’ exhibition and  public programme curated by the Building Centre exhibitions team and Fettle Studio, a ceramics studio founded by Lydia Johnson, architect and product designer at Citizens Design Bureau. Supported by the Built Environment Trust, with thanks to headline sponsor Boston Valley Terra Cotta  and exhibition supporters ArupDarwen Terracotta,  NBK Terracotta and Szerelmey.




Image: A House for Essex by Jack Hobhouse