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Bill Mitchell's Overseas Experiments

  • R.I.B.A 66 Portland Place London W1B 1AD United Kingdom (map)

This coming Tuesday 4th March I’m excited to meet my idol William Mitchell. Anyone who follows my blog will know there’s rarely a month goes by without a nod towards his post-war sculptures and reliefs so if like me you’ve marvelled at the 4 storey mural in the Mercure Hotel, the totem poles of Salford University or the CIS Tower’s ground floor mural then you’re in luck! Bill will be giving a talk at London’s RIBA at 6:30pm. Tickets are still available so I urge you to take the opportunity to hear him talk. 

After working for the London County Council Architects Department, in the 1960s, adding decorative and sculptural panels to housing schemes at minimal cost, Bill Mitchell was sent (first class) around the world by the Cement and Concrete Association, promoting British Architecture and construction.

He ended up driving five thousand miles to Qatar in a motor home to build a zoo in the desert from sprayed cement on steel mesh, and contributed art works to San Francisco’s BARTD Rapid Transit, Railway. Here in the UK many of Bill’s works are now listed buildings. In this event, hosted by the Twentieth Century Society, Bill talks about his adventures and experiences at home and abroad. With introduction by Mike Althorpe - Curator of the Brits Who Built the Modern World - looking at early post war architectural exports.

Please visit the Twentieth Century Society for booking details. 

[My own plans to visit have altered slightly so if anyone would like my return to Manchester from London on the Wednesday morning then contact me and you can have it!]

Later Event: March 21
Pomona Picnic