Inheritance Projects


Colonial Modernity (and its Crises)

Colonial Modernity (and its Crises)

14 March, 3pm

Studio, Institute of Contemporary Arts

Modern architecture and city planning by European or American teams in late colonial or very newly independent nations in Africa and South Asia acted as symbols and organisational models for an 'advanced' society.

Taking the architect Jane Drew and the display at the ICA as a starting point, the salon examines how the integration of the vernacular practices presented a crisis within universal modernism and the relationship between the process of de-colonisation and modernist planning. The discussion will feature contributions from Mark Crinson, Tim Livsey and Marion von Osten.


Jane Drew (1911 - 1996): An introduction

Jane Drew (1911 - 1996): An introduction

Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

12 Feburary - 23 March 2014

As part of our long-term research into New Towns, Inheritance Projects has curating an exhibition and events programme which examines the work of the British artist and educator Jane Drew (1911-1996).

The exhibition will open in February at the Institute for Contemporary Arts, London. Contemporary art was fundamental to Drew's design process and while working with her husband, Maxwell Fry, she commissioned many artworks as integral elements within building projects – which in the UK included social housing and public infrastructure in London and various New Towns. Notably Drew can be credited for securing the premises of the ICA (both at Dover Street in 1950 and The Mall in 1968).

The exhibition will focus on the global contingencies of Drew's life and work in relation to histories of Twentieth Century British art and architecture.

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Intentions - Strategies - Works

Intentions - Strategies - Works

Tate Liverpool

18 January 2013, 3pm

Intentions - Strategies - Works is a three-part invesigation commissioned in partnership with Tate Liverpool. The programme seeks to develop strategies for history making in relation to the histories of Left cultural production. Following a series of meetings convened with artist Patrick Staff and researcher Ed Webb-Ingall, Intentions – Strategies – Works will evolve into a new performance.

Emerging from the series of discussion and movement workshops, which explored the issues of creating chronologies or histories of Leftist cultural production in relation to the works in the exhibition alongside the conditions of their presentation within a public institution, the performance will use speech and physical formations to elucidate links between radical histories and their archives and private intimacies and public exhibition.

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'Nobody told us about it' symposium at the NGCA

'Nobody told us about it' symposium at the NGCA

8 November 2013, 1.30 - 5pm

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

In November, Inheritance Projects will convene a symposium engaging with the cultural legacy of the British photography practices, organisations and collectives who aligned themselves with left political movements throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

The event will bring together various speakers who are attempting to do photo-history ‘from the outside’ in order to share methodological approaches with a focus on the histories of regional as well as London based practices.

The symposium will take place at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art on 8 November 2013 and is programmed in association with the North East Photography Network.

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The Influence of Fry and Drew

Inheritance Projects will present research from our ongoing New Towns Project at the forthcoming conference 'The Influence of Fry and Drew'.

Convened by the Trasnational Architecture Group, the conference seeks to investigate the themes and movements of twentieth century architecture and town planning that have been influenced by the work of architects Jane Drew and Maxwell Fry, who were involved in the development of the New Town Chandigarh in Northern India.

Inheritance Curator Claire Louise Staunton will deliver a paper unpacking two examples of anarchic architecture in Chandigarh as a subaltern creation of complex spaces disruptive of narratives that de-politicise or renew colonialism.

A film produced by James Price in collaboration with Inheritance Projects, will be screened alongside the presentation. Corrections and Omissions (2013) maps the autonomous architectural activities of Chandigarh.

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