Established in 2017 Antepavilion is an Arts and Architecture Charity that aims to promote independent thought and symbiotic creativity in the fields of Art, Craft and Architecture.
Through examination and discussion of the art-craft-architecture relationship we aim to demonstrate the importance of upholding a balance between them, particularly in our ever-commercialising urban realm. Provision of affordable studio spaces serves to reinforce this by maintaining a creative presence in a city where rising rents threaten London's status as a world-class creative hub. The commissioning and exhibiting of contemporary architectural and other 3d works and the hosting of various debates, talks and performances all further our objectives, in particular, advancement of public awareness in the arts and architecture from the local people of Hackney to internationally.
Our annual competition: The Antepavilion Commission, in collaboration with the Architecture Foundation, offers emerging architects, artists and makers an opportunity to create new work through direct hands-on construction. Works are put on temporary display within the Columbia and Brunswick Wharf complex, a unique urban environment, situated on the Regents Canal in Haggerston, East London. Further information on this year’s commission.
Research: Antepavilion offers funding for research in the field of small-scale independent movements in art-craft-architecture that do not have the support (or even sympathy) of mainstream cultural establishments. Currently our ‘Anarchitecture’ project is researching off-grid and alternative community architecture and the micro social structures that can facilitate it. This will lead to a book, exhibition and talks in the second half of 2020.