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Morag Myerscough

Belonging

September 20, 2018

Morag Myerscough

Temple of Agape, Morag Myerscough & Luke Morgan, photo by Gareth Gardner

A proud Londoner, Morag Myerscough has always lived in the city and has been fascinated by how color, pattern, and words can change urban environments and perceptions of spaces into places. From schools and hospitals to cultural hubs and town centers, Myerscough explores the theme of “belonging” in her work, using it to transform public spaces by creating welcoming, engaging experiences for everyone. Myerscough’s Temple of Agape, built for the 2014 Festival of Love on London’s South Bank, used public space to create an open, interactive symbol of devotion to love in all of its forms. Rooted in creating a sense of joy and belonging for all who encounter a space, Myerscough creates specific local responses to each distinct audience that will see and experience her work, using it to create community and build identity. Her visual vocabulary is inclusive by nature and its effortless energy resonates both visually and emotionally with audiences well beyond geographical and cultural boundaries. Myerscough’s contribution to educational environments was recognized in 2015, when her work with Allford Hall Monaghan Morris on Burntwood School won the Stirling Prize for Architecture. She was made an RSA Royal Designer for Industry in 2017.

Supported by Design Core Detroit Detroit Month of Design, U-M Institute for the Humanities, and Gifts of Art, Michigan Medicine.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place on Thursdays at 5:10 pm at the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public.

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