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2016: The Architecture Centre at 20
The Architecture Centre opened in September 1996 as the first purpose-built architecture centre in the country. Over the past two decades we have inspired and involved hundreds of thousands of people in shaping better places – in Bristol and beyond.
People and Places is the theme for our 20th anniversary programme of talks, exhibitions, walks and family events, from April 2016. We’ll also be celebrating 20 years of the Stirling Prize with our summer exhibition, on tour from the RIBA. Keep checking this website and social media for updates, and subscribe to our enewsletter.
The year will culminate in a Weekender on 23-25 September which will include
- A retrospective exhibition presenting a review of 20 years of Bristol architecture and place-making
- Place, Time and Architecture symposium and keynote lecture
- Bristol800 artist commission: Sounding City by artist Jennie Savage. Find out more and about volunteering here
- Family Fun Palace event curated by young people from our Shape My City programme
- City tours with design and built environment experts
This Bristol800 Weekender is produced in partnership with UWE’s Department of Architecture and the Built Environment, also celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016.
Leading up to the Weekender the hugely popular Bristol Doors Open Days event on 10/11 September will launch this citywide celebration of architecture and urban design.
The Anniversary Weekender is part of Bristol800: a programme throughout 2016 marking significant anniversaries in the city and what they mean for Bristol now and into the future. Bristol 800 is an initiative of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership (Arts Council England, Bristol City Council and Business West).