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Bartlett Professors Shortlisted for the John Ruskin Prize 2019

4 June 2019

‘Liquid Kingdom’ by Mark Smout and Laura Allen has been shortlisted for the annual multi-disciplinary art prize, this year themed Agent of Change

Liquid Kingdom by Mark Smout and Laura Allen

The John Ruskin Prize is the fastest growing multi-disciplinary art prize in the UK, following its inauguration in 2012. This year, 41 artists and designers have been selected from over 1260 entries. Amongst these is ‘Liquid Kingdom’, a model village by Mark Smout, Professor of Architecture and Landscape Futures, and Laura Allen, Professor of Architecture and Augmented Landscapes (known collectively as SmoutAllen).

‘Liquid Kingdom’ is a speculative design proposal for an environmental ‘proving ground’ of landscape and architectural installations, sited on the Isle of Sheppey in the Thames Estuary. The proposal responds to the island’s unique character and prepares it for the future demands of society and climate change.

From the shortlisted entries, three winners will be announced on 11 July at a Private View and Prize Giving Ceremony at The Holden Gallery, Manchester. An exhibition of all shortlisted work, Agent of Change will be on display from 12 July – 24 August.

Liquid Kingdom by Mark Smout and Laura Allen
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‘Liquid Kingdom’ will also be on display at Contemporary Cartography, an exhibition by the Building Centre, as part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture. Mark and Laura will talk about their work in conversation with Goeff Manaugh on 05 June, and a public launch party for Contemporary Cartography will take place at the Building Centre on Thursday 06 June. 

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