Interpreting London Landmarks

A free art workshop led by artist Ben Phillips and hosted by the Griffin Gallery The session will use the nearby architectural icon, the Trellick Tower as a focus.  Constructed in 1967 by Modernist architect Erno Goldfinger, the tower is a 31-storey block of flats with a detached lift shaft located in North Kensington. It is a bold building fashioned in a Brutalist style and to this day confronts issues of living in the modern city and is an iconic London landmark. Ben will guide the participants through a brief history of the Trellick Tower, this will be followed by exploring different ways of working with materials for drawing & painting to construct a personal depiction of the Tower.  In this informal workshop, participants will be invited to use the Pop Art, Cubist or Surrealist styles to interpret the building!  No prior artistic training is expected, although more experienced artists are welcome. All art supplies for the event will be supplied by Winsor & Newton, Conte a Paris and Liquitex. Drinks and light refreshments will be served by Griffin Gallery

Tour (4pm- 4.45pm): Prior to the workshop, a guided tour of the Colart Innovation and Development Laboratory is available; this is a rare opportunity to meet the chemists and see the laboratories where new fine art materials are being created and tested daily.  From artists’ oils to water colours to acrylics, fine art materials are actively being created, refined and improved here, giving artists new methods to explore time-honored materials as well as providing new opportunities for experimentation with the latest new materials that technology can provide. Spaces on the tour are very limited so please do book in advance here. Tickets can be booked in addition to the workshop or separately.

Ben Phillips is originally from upstate New York. He is an artist currently studying on the postgraduate MFA Fine Art course at Kingston University. The Griffin Gallery is a  contemporary exhibition space on the ground floor of the Studio Building in West London. The gallery exhibition programme offers a platform for emerging as well as established artists, In addition, The Griffin Gallery hosts a series of workshops and seminars for artists and promotes an environment of creativity and learning. Supported by fine art materials brands; Winsor & Newton, Conté à Paris and Liquitex, the Griffin Gallery is home to the Griffin Art Prize.


The Griffin Gallery and Colart have donated a luscious goody bag of art supplies for the lucky person who answers this question, and whose name is picked first out of the hat!

  • Who was the architect of the iconic London landmark, the Trellick Tower?

Please submit your answer in an email headed “London Landmarks Competition” including your full name and contact details to by 5pm, 17th October 2014.

The competition will be drawn, and the winner notified during the week of 27th October 2014. 

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Images courtesy of Griffin Gallery