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Sam Curtis

Thursday 7 December, 7.30pm-9.30pm. 
Friday 8 December, 12-5pm.

Often cursed for its ugliness, scaffolding is a temporary support structure that must be infallibly strong without damaging the environment around it. It provides a platform for others to take the stage, inviting teams of specialist workers to inhabit its gangways and like a second skin, protects and enables a pathway for movement and construction leading to the realisation of designs. Scaffolding enables architecture to happen.

This event is part of Getting a Grip, an ongoing series of works by Artsadmin Bursary recipient Sam Curtis, in which he commissions tradespeople, as artists, asking only: What can we do with the materials of our trade if a space is created for us to think more openly about what we do?

For this iteration Sam has commissioned Dave Bennett from IAC Scaffolding to create a different kind of support structure within the Court Room at Toynbee Studios.

At 8.30pm on Thursday 7 December, Sam will deliver a talk written by artist, critic and writer, Mark Wilsher. Mark has asked Sam to perform for him, putting him in the same position as the workers he commissions.

Developed with support from the Artsadmin Artists’ Bursary Scheme. This scheme is supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Arts Council England, the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation and The Mercers’ Company.

If you’re visiting Toynbee Studios, you can let us know your access requirements ahead of time by emailing


Date and time

7–8 December 2017

Please note
This is now a past event.


Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street
London, E1 6AB
Tel: 020 7247 5102
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