Pasmore Apollo Pavilion Lecture at The Glasgow School of Art

7th July 2011

David Beaumont and Brian Sherriff, on behalf of Burns Architects, were invited by Dr Bruce Peter of the Department of Historical and Critical Studies at The Glasgow School of Art to contribute to their one day conference 'What Good are the Arts?', taking its title from Professor John Carey's book. The symposium was to take the temperature of creative practice and theoretical discourse in the early 21st Century. The keynote speakers were John Carey, emeritus Merton Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford and Angela McRobbie, Professor of Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Our particular strand was joined by Owen Hatherley, writer, journalist and regular contributor to Building Design, who spoke about post-war architecture and the socialist aims of Modernism. Our lecture focused on Pasmore's artistic development and how his abstract work led to the designs that created the Apollo Pavilion. We went on to describe its construction, neglect, deterioration and repair. We spoke of the educational programme of social events, workshops and work in schools.

This has led to the local community embracing Pasmore's heroic design and recognising Peterlee's position as one of the pioneering New Towns of the post-war period.

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