London, United Kingdom

Art and Architecture Summer School: In The Round

when 27 July 2015 - 9 August 2015
duration 2 weeks
fee GBP 450


STORE’s third London Summer School will be in based in Gillett Square in the heart of Dalston, one of London’s most energetic and creative neighbourhoods. We will design and construct a stage for a series of events and performances curated, choreographed and directed in collaboration with local residents and arts groups.

The stage will be designed and constructed by the students in collaboration with STORE Associates and under the guidance of experienced makers. Participants on the course will have the rare opportunity to develop a project all the way from concept through to construction and in doing so will develop a variety of skills from draughtsmanship to hands on making at a large scale.


This year we will be exploring the theme of The Circus. From the moment of its arrival in town, the circus is a spectacle of the exotic and the extraordinary. As the circus tent is constructed, anticipation builds until opening night when the wonders of the troupe are displayed in a spectacular performance. We will explore these notions of the exotic and the spectacular in the design process and the programming of performances for the stage.

Responding to this theme, we will design and construct a stage in the middle of the square. It will be a versatile structure in both form and function, responding to the needs of local partners who will be invited to put on events. The two weeks will culminate in a spectacular public finale to showcase the student’s work.


The school will run from 9am to 5pm every day.
Students will be expected to stay later as necessary in preparation of the final exhibition.
Students are not required to bring anything with them as all materials will be provided.


Gillett Square,
N16 8JN


Nearest Stations: Dalston Kingsland & Dalston Junction on the London Overground – part of the tube network

Buses: 30, 38, 67, 76, 149, 236, 242, 243, 488

Course leader

Freddy Tuppen and Greg Nordberg

Target group

This course is open to students of all ages and with varying levels of experience. It will be of particular benefit to students interested in studying art, architecture or design at university level but also those currently enrolled in further education. Equally the course will provide an introduction to ambitious beginners with no design background.

STORE’s ethos of design through making ensures accessibility to those without extensive experience. Each and every student will be challenged imaginatively and creatively by set themes and by the scale of activities undertaken.

Course aim

STORE Summer Schools aim to facilitate the sharing of skills and knowledge between experienced practitioners and the surrounding communities. With a focus on highly collaborative spatial design and building projects, the courses often lead to large-scale installations and ambitious public performances. The courses offered by STORE are designed to build confidence in those prepared to challenge themselves in their conceptual, spatial and practical thinking and who are keen to work both independently and collaboratively.

Fee info

GBP 450: This includes all materials and equipment. Travel, accommodation and personal insurance are not included. Meals are not provided.