MULTISTORY Guest Lecture
Anna Best
Artist & Explorer
Thurs 3rd April 6pm


We are pleased to announce a MULTISTORY guest lecture by:

Anna Best // Artist & Explorer //

Thursday 3rd April 2014 // 6pm // Architecture Building Foyer Space // UCA Canterbury


Anna Best's work expands the traditional role of artist, audience, host and performer. Her work often takes place in urban public spaces, from service stations to parks, traffic crossings to the river Thames, prompting and producing a set of unexpected social experiences that actively involve the public.

A recent commission by The Barbican in London prompted Best to explore the tension between the Barbican Centre's private and semi-public spaces by drawing visitors' attention to the numerous levels of separation and fracture inherent to its architectural language, the rules that carefully regulate behaviour on the high-walks and the balconies that become incidental surveillance points in the absence of CCTV.

Prior to this, Best operated as a curious tourist in her own backyard, wandering the streets of London for a year before compiling the book ‘Occasional Sights - A London guidebook of missed opportunities and things that aren’t always there’, a narrative text woven together by digital photographs, travelogue and stories of her own as well as those from over fifty contributors. ‘Occasional Sights’ investigated people's individual experience of narrative time in the contemporary city, as part of an ongoing proposal that urged everyone to inhabit public space in a more engaged manner.

Best’s other projects have included; A Real Pony Race For A Bridle – which saw a full-scale gymkhana in Burgess Park, Peckham; The Wedding Project commissioned by Tate Modern and Phil, which included a collaboration with The London Philharmonic Orchestra.



Multistory is a student and alumni led guest lecture series at Canterbury School of Architecture, University for the Creative Arts. We seek to invite architects, designers, writers, curators, photographers and artists to speak about their work.