GILL, Stephen

Mostly Within the Area: Photographic projects from in and around East London

Series: Photographers' Gallery @ the AA
Date: Wednesday 9 February 2011
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 80 mins

Stephen Gill lives and works in Hackney, East London, an area that has inspired many of his series. In 2002 he bought a 50p plastic camera from a market at Hackney Wick and started to photograph the surrounding neighbourhood. A continued fascination with his local area can be seen in the later series Hackney Flowers, where Gill collected flowers and objects from the area, layering them on to his photographs. A selection of these prints were then buried in Hackney Wick itself and later dug up when, marked and distorted by decay from the process, Gill photographed again to form the final piece.

Stephen Gill’s work is held in public and private collections worldwide and he has been exhibited internationally. He has self-published a number of books through his imprint Nobody Books, including Hackney Wick (2005), Hackney Flowers (2007), A Book of Birds (2010) and B Sides (2010).

This is the second part of the key speakers series run in conjunction with the The Photographers' Gallery featuring key photographers, writers and theorists. This series looks at photography rationalisation and depiction of architectural space and its role as a tool in deciphering the urban environment.

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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.

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