2019 marks the 25th year of Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and to celebrate we are hosting a series of curated events taking place across the year. The events will be reflective, looking at our progress to consider the future not only of the practice, but of the wider architectural realm.

The SWA25 programme kicks off on 1 March with the commencement of our artist residency. Selected from over 150 applications, Becky Shaw will be visiting our studio across a period of 3-6 months and developing a body of work based on her time in the practice. During London Festival of Architecture we will be holding an open studio at our office where visitors can meet the team and aspiring architects can attend a portfolio surgery, as well as a cycle tour where we will be visiting a handful of our buildings and learning the story behind them. Our programme will culminate in an exhibition, showcasing our resident artist’s final outcome. We’re delighted to be hosting such a varied programme which celebrates not only our work but our core values, in particular creative collaboration and support for emerging artists and practitioners.

Further detail about each event will be added as the year progresses and this page will grow into a hub for all SWA25 information. Keep checking back and follow the #SWA25 hashtag to stay up-to-date. For any questions about our programme please get in touch with Rachel Stanley, SWA25 Co-ordinator at event@swarch.co.uk.

Key dates

1 March: Artist-in-Residence commences work

10 April: Education Roundtable

8 June: Open Studio

30 June: Cycle Tour

October: Exhibition


Links and timings to follow

'How Deep is your Love?' © Becky Shaw

British artist and academic Becky Shaw has been selected from over 150 applicants to become our new artist-in-residence. Becky will be working from the practice for the next few months, working towards a final outcome for our exhibition in October.

Becky makes time-based works that critically explore the relationship between the individual and the social, and that attempt to capture the scale and complexity of social and material relationships. Current or recent works include ‘How Deep is your Love?’ a commission for the City of Calgary, Alberta, exploring Calgarian’s emotional attachment to their water infrastructure. This included commissioning the City to make a child-size version of an industrial leak location tool. ‘Hiding in Plain Sight’ was commissioned by the Cultural Institute/Kings College London. Becky worked with nursing and midwifery researchers, playing hide-and-seek in a simulated learning environment as a way to understand how we construct, and are constructed by, our surroundings. Both these works build on previous works at Grizedale Arts, ICIA University of Bath, New Art Gallery Walsall, Kunstprijs Amstelveen, Age Concern, In Certain Places and Sculpture Space Utica.

On her appointment, Becky says “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to be artist in residence at SWA and am keen to explore how the practice and the people within it work to produce types of social, emotional, and physical warmth and comfort, whist negotiating complex social, material and political terrains.” She will be developing a series of speculative works that seek to maintain a sensation of liveness and open-endedness within the exhibition. Sarah Wigglesworth explains “We were immediately impressed with Becky’s poetic approach to what is traditionally considered as the purely practical. For example we loved her recent work exploring the emotional attachment of the citizens of Calgary to their water infrastructure which included a child-size version of an industrial leak location tool. We are excited to be hosting Becky in our office over the coming three months and fascinated to see the results.”

In addition to working for the next three months at the practice, Becky is also currently working on an interdisciplinary project exploring the construction of ‘oddness’ and difference in school. She completed a practice-based PhD in 1998, working with Marie Curie Cancer Care and is Reader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University.

'Hiding in Plain Sight' © Becky Shaw