RIBA president to launch Architecture Festival

The President of the Royal Institute of British Architects Ruth Reed will launch North West Architecture Festival AF2011 at an event to be held at Liverpool's Mann Island.

The evening event on Thursday 16 June will also mark the opening of an historic exhibition of the photographs of Eric de Maré (1910-2002), one of Britain's most influential architectural photographers.

The Exploring Eye: The Photography of Eric de Maré will display over 100 photographs in the Equator Building of Mann Island near the Musuem of Liverpool. De Maré left an archive of striking images of Britain's largely neglected industrial heritage. Organised by theme, the exhibition contains images of places, spaces, buildings and architecturally eye-catching objects in the UK and de Maré's native Scandinavia and includes several photographs taken in Liverpool. The exhibition will be open to the public from 17 June – 4 September 2011.

AF2011 runs from 17 to 26 June across the North West with activities ranging from building tours and family events to 'architect in the store' days and exhibitions. Through the festival, RIBA North West aims to demonstrate the importance of architecture and good design and the role it plays in daily life.

Festival highlights include: walking tours and canal boat tours in Liverpool and Manchester, exploring the buildings and heritage of these two great industrial cities, an architectural treasure hunt in Manchester, workshops for young people, tours of the Mersey Tunnel; and, a sandcastle competition on Merseyside.

For more information about these and other events visit www.af2011.org.uk

Ruth Reed, president, RIBA, commented: "The industrial landscape can provide powerful and evocative imagines. The exhibition is a counterpoint to the new development in the North West which illustrates how design can lead the regeneration of the sites of our industrial heritage."

Programme

  • Dates: 17 June – 4 September 2011

Title: The Exploring Eye: The Photography of Eric de Maré

Organiser: The Royal Institute of Architects (RIBA)

Location: The Equator, Mann Island, Liverpool, L13 1EN

Description: An exhibiton of photographs by Eric de Maré, one of Britain's most influential architectural photographers.

  • Date: 17 June 2011

Title: Manchester Architecture Revealed

Organiser: New Manchester Walks

Location: Manchester Visitor Centre, Piccadilly Plaza, M1 4BT

Description: A guided walk of some of Manchester's architectural splendour.

More information: www.newmanchesterwalks.com

  • Dates: 17 June 2011

Title: Manchester: 21st Century City

Organiser: New Manchester Walks

Location: Manchester Visitor Centre, Piccadilly Plaza, M1 4BT

Description: A guided walk of Beetham, Bridgewater Hall, Urbis and Spinningfields.

More information: www.newmanchesterwalks.com

  • Dates: 18 June and 25 June 2011

Title: Manchester Canal Boat Cruise

Organiser: City Centre Cruises, Manchester

Location: Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4JR

Description: A two hour cruise along the historic 250 year old Bridgewater Canal.

More information: www.citycentrecruises.co.uk

  • Date: 18 June and 25 June 2011

Title: Architect in the Store

Organiser: The Home Quarter

Location: Liverpool ONE, 53-55 Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DN

Description: Workshops and free one to one advice for anyone interested in investing in and improving their homes.

More information: paul@agentmarketing.co.uk, 0151 707 0427

  • Date: 21 June 2011

Title: Concrete Jungle

Organiser: New Manchester Walks

Location: Manchester Visitor Centre, Piccadilly Plaza, M1 4BT

Description: A guided walk of Piccadilly Plaza, the Arndale Centre, Shambles Square, UMIST – Sixties and Seventies architecture, the controversies continue.

More information: www.newmanchesterwalks.com

  • Date: 21 June 2011

Title: The Baroque and Gothic Palaces of Manchester

Organiser: New Manchester Walks

Location: Manchester Visitor Centre, Piccadilly Plaza, M1 4BT

Description: A guided walk of from the Royal Exchange to the Palace Hotel; from the old fire station and police courts to the Town Hall: these are the building that have made Manchester the Renaissance city.

More information: www.newmanchesterwalks.com

  • Date: 21 June 2011

Title: Architectural Treasure Hunt

Organiser: RIBA North West Sole Practitioners Group (SPG)

Location: Bem Brasil, South King Street

Description: Racing against the clock and following a series of cryptic clues, uncover Manchester's hidden gems and gain a better understanding of some of the city's iconic and best-loved buildings.

More information: lisa@raynesarchitecture.co.uk

  • Date: 21 June 2011

Title: Royal Court Theatre

Organiser: Royal Court Liverpool Trust

Location: Downstairs bar, Royal Court Theatre, 1 Roe Street, Liverpool

Description: A guided walk of some of Liverpool's architectural splendour.

More information: gillian@royalcourttrust.org 0151 702 5892

  • Dates: 22 & 23 June 2011

Title: Mersey Tunnel Tours

Organiser: Merseytravel

Location: Georges Dock Building, Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1DD

Description: A unique behind the scenes guided tour of Georges Dock Building, the main ventilations station for Queensway Tunnel, including the Tunnel itself.

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How is a tour of the Royal Court a tour of ‘Manchester’s arhitectural splendour’? Typo there guys.

By KT

Amended. Thanks for pointing it out.

By Ed

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