Giles Round is creating an architectural installation within the Atrium of the historic Lantern building.

Round says: “The artwork will be integrated into the architecture of the Lantern space. My desire from the beginning was to embed the work into the fabric of the building.

“Following research into the history of the building and the extraordinary architecture of Bristol, specifically the Bristol Byzantine, the design references the polychromatic decoration used on the façade. It is in part a portrait of the building itself.”

Giles Round (b. London) is an artist currently living in St Leonards-on-Sea with more-than-human companion Philip Seymour Hoffman Round. Following a year spent in an imaginary relationship with late artist Félix González-Torres, Round fled London during the mass exodus. Round works across disciplines – including art, design and architecture – through a wide range of techniques and approaches. Often taking the form of long-term, open-ended projects in which exhibitions themselves become the medium, Round’s works have at times produced organisations and companies as artworks. Through these, the artist creates conceptual frameworks to interrogate the role of the artist as an agent of transformation. For example, Round’s ongoing work, The Art Direction of the Noguchi Museum (2018–) is an enquiry into the role an artist might play as an embedded part of institutional and design teams, but also of society’s infrastructures and organisations at large.

Commissions include: The Grantchester Pottery, The Moorings Underpass, Thamesmead, (2020); Foyer Curtain for Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre (2018); Hayward Gallery Café, Southbank Centre (2018); Design Work Leisure, Art on the Underground, permanent works realised at Blackhorse Road, Victoria and Vauxhall London Underground Stations, London (2015–)

Design, Work, Leisure, Art on the Underground, 2015
The Moorings Underpass, Thamesmead, 2020, The Grantchester Pottery with Light Follows Behaviour
We live in the office, RIBA 2016, Photo: Sophie Mutevelian
We live in the office, RIBA 2016, Photo: Sophie Mutevelian
91 days of clear blue skies, Quench Margate, 2021
The Director, The Hepworth Wakefield, 2019
Untitled, circa 1994, Brighton CCA, 2020
They bow. Curtain. No Applause, Spike Island Bristol 2017
Giles Round

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