Will Alsop - A box of delights

27 Jan 2012 – 19 May 2012

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Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm Sun 11am - 3pm

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The Public

West Bromwich, United Kingdom


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  • Located within a few minutes walk of West Bromwich Bus Station and West Bromwich Central Metro Station
  • Nearest train station: Sandwell & Dudley

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World renowned architect, Will Alsop, is to return to The Public, a building he famously once described as ‘a box of delights', as part of an exciting new exhibition launching this January.


‘A box of delights', which forms part of The Public's forthcoming Art of Architecture programme, has seen the Stirling prize winner work in collaboration with students from Birmingham City University architecture department, Walsall College interior design department, and Sheffield Hallam architecture course to create an environment designed to make us think about architecture and how it makes us feel. Renowned for his highly colourful, eye-catching buildings, Alsop, who has been awarded an OBE and elected to the Royal Academy, once described The Public as ‘his best yet'. Listed in the book ‘1001 buildings to see before you die', the multi-purpose building is a vibrant, delightful and inspiring work of art in its own right, fast becoming an icon of the Black Country. A remarkable piece of architecture, since fully opening the building has received over 300,000 visitors — visitors who have enjoyed the diverse exhibitions and events programme, or have simply been curious about the building's design itself. In the New Year Will Alsop will bring his inimitable style back to the Midlands with a thought provoking exhibition that reflects of the art centre's diverse nature. A large scale 3D sculpture created by Alsop, George Wade, and a number of architecture and interior design students from across the country will reside in the gallery's upper gallery. Will Alsop talk: Enjoy the first of a series of talks and discussions about architecture starting with a special talk by Will Alsop on Thursday 26 January, 6pm — 8.30pm. If you are interested in attending please RVSP to exhibitions@thepublic.com. Gallery opening times: Wednesday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm Sunday, 11am - 3pm

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