Re-imagining Holden’s Sudbury Town: Lucy McKenzie & Fiona Orsini in conversation

London Transport Museum
16 April 2020

Part of the following series:

2020 Programme

Following latest government advice and upon close consideration, with regret we have taken the decision to postpone all events related to Lucy McKenzie’s new artwork, Pleasure’s Inaccuracies due to launch on 2 April 2020. We look forward to bringing this work to London and will confirm a new launch date when we can. 

This April, artist Lucy McKenzie takes on her most ambitious public commission to date – taking over the iconic Modernist station Sudbury Town as part of Art on the Underground’s 2020 programme.

Fascinated by the onset of train travel and its contribution to modernity, McKenzie references TfL’s historic archive material of the inter-war period, looking in particular at the role that advertising has played in reflecting the issues of the time.

Lucy will be joined by Fiona Orsini, Curator of RIBA Drawings & Archives Collections, in this special evening event to discuss how her Art on the Underground commission interacts with Sudbury Town station, designed by Charles Holden in 1931, and its unique heritage, architecture and design and the local history that surrounds it.

About the panellists 

Lucy McKenzie (born Glasgow 1977, lives Brussels) is a visual artist whose installations explore the interplay between painting, style and value. She has exhibited her work around the world, including solo shows at Tate Britain, London in 2003, MoMA, New York in 2008, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam in 2013 and Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Venice in 2017, and, together with designer Beca Lipscombe, produced fashion collections under the name Atelier E.B. Their most ambitious exhibition, Atelier E.B: Passer-by, was staged at Serpentine, London in 2018, Lafayette Anticipations, Paris in 2019 and will be presented at Garage, Moscow in 2020.

Fiona Orsini is Curator at the RIBA Drawings & Archives Collections, based at the V&A. She has worked for the Royal Institute of British Architects since April 2006 and has curated a number of exhibitions at the V&A including Underground Journeys: Charles Holden’s designs for London Transport, Mind Over Matter: Contemporary British Engineering (with V&A colleagues Olivia Horsfall Turner & Anna White) and most recently Into the Blue: the origins and revival of pools, swimming baths and lidos (co-curated with RIBA colleague Susan Pugh), as well as contributing to V&A public programmes with presentations on ‘Charles Holden and 55 Broadway’ and ‘Metroland and Art Deco in the Suburbs’. In 2020/21 she will be co-authoring a book on the history of architectural drawings.