6 -7 December
A partnership project with The Bartlett School of Architecture
Working collaboratively in six groups, this year over one hundred of Bartlett's first year students have taken inspiration from the architecture of Pitzhanger Manor and Sir John Soane’s London residence in Lincolns Inn Field, together with his collection once housed at Pitzhanger and now found at Sir John Soane’s Museum, to make their own original site-specific installation.
Each of the six installations, displayed within the grounds in front of Pitzhanger Manor, respond to an aspect of Sir John Soane's life or character, coupled with a member of staff from the Soane household - The Chamber Maid, The Footman, The Housemaid, The Cook and The Butler - giving the students an opportunity to investigate the process of designing as a collaborative experience and to test new architectural ideas and concepts.
Wundercamera exhibition tour
Saturday 7 December, 2pm
Please join us for an informal tour of the exhibition with curator Museum Clausum and independent writer/curator Giles Waterfield.
Free – just turn up
Unique in London, these events are a revival of the original Salons, held by John Soane in the 1800s, bringing together thinkers from different disciplines and perspectives to lead discussion and debate on pressing philosophical and contemporary issues. The modern Salons are carefully structured activities which encourage everyone to participate. The 2013-14 series of Salons are a partnership between PM Gallery & House, Ealing Adult Learning and Philosophy for All.
What You See and What You Seem
Thursday 5 December, 6.30 - 8.30pm
“All that we See or Seem is but a Dream within a Dream” – Edgar Allen Poe
We all trust our eyes and ears …but should we? Debate the question of Illusion and Reality with artists, philosophers, scientists, psychologists, designers, and magicians and be a part of the Salon revival.
For over 2,000 years, people have worried that our senses might mislead us about the true nature of the world. Now, we know a lot more than we used to about how our senses and our brains work. We understand how we can get things wrong. But big worries remain. Even if we get things right, is appearance the same thing as reality? Do our scientific theories give us the truth, or just a successful story? And if we are getting everything wrong, how could we ever know that? In this first Cultural Salon at Pitzhanger Manor meet professionals from different walks of life and consider carefully what is or isn’t real, and what we may or may not be deceived by. Quiz the experts and join activities created especially to explore these ideas before a final debate led by Philosophy for All.
This is first in the 2013-14 series of Salons and is inspired by the rich debating heritage of Sir John Soane’s Pitzhanger Manor and the exhibitions in PM Gallery (Wundercamera and Alice) which explore the nature of Illusion and Reality. In Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Alice found things a bit odd, but she still thought it was all real ... until she woke up. Come along and decide whether we all need to wake up.
Email to reserve a place: email@example.com
£3 – Includes entry to PM Gallery exhibitions
Pay on the door
The Collectionists returns for 2014
Did you know PM Gallery and House runs regular activities for young people between the ages of 14-20yrs old? Called The Collectionists after Sir John Soane’s favourite hobby, we explore art, crafts, performance, history, museums (and Walpole Park) to get your opinions on our future. For more information and to join in contact Claire Cooke (outreach officer) on 020 8825 9458 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Dates to be announced soon.
For our programme of children's events and activities please see our education and workshops page.