Lunchtime Model Talks

Every Friday

12.30 - 13.00


Free 20 minute introductory talks around the City of London's official architectural model of the square mile. One of our knowledgeable team will introduce the 1:500 scale interactive model, revealing what it teaches about the history, present and future of the City of London. Detailing every existing building and planned new development in the City the model is a fascinating record of its built environment, allowing a panoramic birds eye view of the area.


*On some Fridays the model room is used for learning activity or private events so lunchtime model talks cannot take place. If you are travelling to The City Centre please call ahead of your visit to avoid disappointment.


Journeys through the City: drawing urban space

20 February - 27 March 2019

18:00 - 20:00 (every Wed)

Six week evening course including materials: £165 + VAT

Suitable for all levels of experience.

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This six-week course, led by artist Alexandra Blum, will focus on drawing movement through time and space within the City. You’ll begin by dipping into visual examples, including the shifting viewpoints and architectural constructions within Early Netherlandish painting, and their influence on Alex’s own urban drawing practice.  Then, using these discoveries as a starting point, you’ll draw from the fascinating city model, focussing on the network of spatial relationships it makes visible from both aerial and street level viewpoints. Next, you’ll venture outside putting ideas learnt so far into practice whilst drawing within the labyrinthine spaces of the Eastern Cluster and neighbouring City spaces. 

The City of London boasts an incredibly diverse range of architecture, from state-of-the-art skyscrapers to Roman ruins and a total of 600 listed buildings and structures. Within this rapidly evolving urban environment, you’ll investigate the City by making drawings using: compressed space, peripheral vision, actual and implied movement and layering of space and time within an image.  We are also very excited that one session will involve drawing from height and participants will gain exclusive access to a tall building in the City of London.

Alexandra Blum’s practice focuses on the ways we perceive and encounter space in urban environments. She is especially interested in urban spaces in flux. Her work has been exhibited at the Geffrye Museum, London Transport Museum and Hackney Museum. Alex has been awarded the David Gluck Memorial Bursary for Drawing. In 2017 she received a prize in the Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary and this year she reached the finals of the Jackson's Open Painting Prize. She is an artist educator at the Courtauld Institute of Art and teaches urban drawing workshops throughout London. Further information about her work can be found on her website.

“A really enjoyable and inspiring day. Alex is an excellent teacher who helped me to see things in an entirely new way. Highly recommended, for artists of all levels: beginners and pros alike"

“It was a brilliant experience. Alex is an inspiring teacher and the atmosphere was supportive and exhilarating. An eclectic range of students all gained greatly from Alex and each other. I was thrilled to be part of this course and felt privileged to be there." 

Copyright the artist, courtesy Hales London. Photo © Nick Turpin

Copyright the artist, courtesy Hales London. Photo © Nick Turpin

Art in the Public Realm

26 February

18:00 - 19:30

Tickets: Free

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When it comes to finance and award-winning architecture the Square Mile’s reputation is unparalleled, but how does the City compare to the rest of London when providing platforms for innovative public art?

In recent years the City has seen a dramatic increase in artworks in the public realm. The City of London Corporation and developers frequently work with artists and projects like Sculpture in the City, which is now in its eighth year, continuing to make acclaimed works of art accessible to City workers and residents. Do emerging artists feel like they can work freely in the City of London, what is the driver for increasing the number of public artworks and what are the challenges?

Join Benjamin O’Connor (Director, The City Centre) in conversation with celebrated artist Thomas J PriceStella Ioannou (Co-director, Sculpture in the City) and Carlin Fier (Director of Marketing and Communications, Brookfield) to explore a range of projects that are currently happening in the City as well as some of the challenges faced by creatives looking to make their mark on London’s public realm.

Additional speakers to be announced shortly.

Past Events

The City Centre has an active programme of events, from City Walking Tours and Model Talks to events that celebrate the Built Environment and Green Infrastructure in The City.  

Click here for more information on our past events. 


* Concession tickets are available for City of London Corporation Staff and Students

The City Centre is managed by Pipers on behalf of the City of London Corporation

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