This event is now fully booked…and within an hour of being announced. People really like maps! However, see below for details on the excellent exhibition you _can_ still go and see. In addition, a panel discussion about cartography in the arts (PDF) takes place at Air Gallery on 19 November (2pm).
Everyone loves a good map. But maps mean different things to different people. An event on 17 November, co-organised by Londonist and TAG Fine Arts as part of the London Mapping Festival, will explore the many forms and uses of maps, with a particular focus on London.
The free event will take place at Air Gallery on Dover Street (Mayfair), and includes the following line-up of speakers:
- Stephen Walter, the acclaimed artist famous for his detailed hand-drawn maps of London
- John Kennedy, London taxi driver and chronicler of London’s minutiae
- James Cheshire, digital mapper and Lecturer in Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL
- Matt Brown, Editor of Londonist and instigator of the Museum of London’s recent Hand-drawn London mapping exhibition (Chair)
The speakers each create or use maps in very different ways. Stephen maps his own personal experiences of the capital to create dense but beautiful works of art. John relies upon a mental map of the city, created through years of studying and employing The Knowledge. James, from an academic setting, melds data with maps to create digital visualisations of London. As regular Londonist readers will know, we’re fond of sharing and creating both digital and traditional maps of the capital. Just click the ‘Maps’ button in our menu bar to see more.
The event is free, but must be pre-booked (it’s a small venue, so places are limited). Sign up on Eventbrite here.
The London Maps talk supports The Art of Mapping exhibition at Air Gallery. Curated by TAG Fine Arts, this free exhibition celebrates cartography as an art form. The exhibition can be viewed by those attending the event and runs 14-26 November.
London Maps: The Magical, The Methodical And The Multifaceted takes place on 17 November, from 7pm till approx. 8.30pm, at Air Gallery, 32 Dover Street, W1S 4NE. Entrance is free but must be pre-booked.