The Bartlett School of Architecture


Summer Show Family Day 2018

23 June 2018, 11:00 am–3:00 pm

young people drawing maps on a large piece of paper on the floor

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The Bartlett School of Architecture


The Bartlett School of Architecture, 22 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0QB

Celebrating the launch of The Bartlett's Summer Show 2018, we have a day of playful workshops for families, taking place across the school. 

This year's annual Family Day will explore The London Festival of Architecture's theme of identity in a number of interesting ways, with workshops led by artists, designers and creatives for young people aged 4-14 to enjoy with their parents or guardians.

Our café will be open throughout the event selling a range of refreshments for all the family

  • Please note, children remain the responsibility of their parents or guardians throughout our Family Day and parents or guardians must be present at all times.
  • If you have any special access requirements please email using the subject line ACCESS.

Family Day Programme

drawn map of the Thames with doodles and sketches

Once upon a Portico

Building from a shared base, junior and senior participants of Once upon a Portico will co-create a collective architectural proposal building on personal memories, journeys and impressions from The Bartlett Summer Show, led by The Bakerloos. The resulting spatial narrative will celebrate the power of collaboration and co-creation across all ages. The architectural design that emerges will be proposed as an imaginative life-size pavilion to be located in the UCL main quad. 

The Bakerloos are an experimental design studio based in London. In 2016 they embarked on a journey, stopping at collective drawing explorations, playful workshop experiments and prize-winning urban folly proposals. Leaving behind the beaten track, rethinking academic conventions, typologies and working methods, they want to build platforms reconnecting the public to the architectural and urban realm. They want to encourage participation through new means, leaving the tunnel of architectural norms behind and laying new tracks for the future of urban culture.

A sheet of foil with digital photographs of ferns and plants coming through.
Green Screen City

Build your own space with a mixture of simple everyday materials, led by Judith Brocklehurst. Put yourself into it and make it your own, build a place that shows your identity, a place where you belong. Then look at what others are making and make a larger structure - form a community collaborate and build together.

As you build watch the projection on the wall and see how the green screen technology transforms your building into a hybrid analogue and digital structure. You will see your building combined with some of the amazing work you have seen around the Summer Show, which might influence what you choose to make.

Judith Brocklehurst is an artist, writer and researcher. Her practice changes to interact with the social circumstance she finds herself in. The unwritten rules that the site, collaborators, materials and processes suggest are used set parameters in which something unforeseen might happen.

cardboard boxes cut out with coloured lights inside

Lights, Cardboard, Action

Join Tech Will Save Us for an exploration of light and space using their Mover and MicroMod kits. Using simple code-able LED strip lights, micro:bits and recycled card board boxes, build and re-build with different materials and light in this free form play exploration and micro installation. This event is suitable for all ages.

Tech Will Save Us is a Hackney based start-up that make exploratory children’s kits using electronics, craft and coding, with the aim of inspiring a future generation of makers and inventors.