Past Events

Bedford Square Festival

Workshop – Todd Longstaff-Gowan

  • 28 June to 1 July 2017

The Paul Mellon Centre is part of in the inaugural Bedford Square Festival taking place in and around the Square between 28th June and 1st July 2017.

Bedford Square Festival is a collaboration between five of the cultural institutions that reside on Bedford Square, Bloomsbury. In September of 2016, representatives from these institutions - Paul Mellon Centre, Architectural Association, Sotheby's Institute of Art, Yale University Press and New College of Humantities met to the discuss the idea of putting on a free collaborative event in the Square.

The aim was to work together to create a series of free events to promote the culture based around the Square whilst collaborating with each other to create a sense of community. We wanted to open the doors of the grand facades of the buildings in the Square and celebrate the themes that the Institutions are known for - Art, Publishing, Architecture, Culture, Education, Writing and more.

We hope you will join us for one or some of the events as we open up our doors for the first ever Bedford Square Festival!

About the speaker

  • Longstaffe-Gowan mug

    Todd Longstaffe-Gowan has worked on a wide range of landscape projects. Many of these have entailed conservation and restoration - undertaken with a strong awareness of gardens as spaces that are constantly evolving and changing. He draws on a diverse array of points of reference: one of his guiding principles is to allow the beauty of a garden to draw the viewer towards further imaginative and intellectual horizons. His work is informed by his training as an architect, landscape architect, historian and cultural geographer - and by his own long-established practical engagement with gardening. He has a longstanding interest in London squares, and has recently completed the refurbishment of Charterhouse Square, and developed proposals for the redesign of Hanover Square for Westminster City Council. Todd is the author of several books including The London Town Garden 1700-1840 (2001) and The London Square: Gardens in the Midst of Town (2012).

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