Culture + Commerce: Window Commission

In parallel to our new three-part series of evening salons Culture + Commerce: Designs for a Different City, The AF has commissioned London based graphic designer Tom Mower to create a bold series of window graphics to act as a billboard for the events, taking their argument onto the street and acting as a graphic artwork in its own right.

Exploring the relationship between culture, commerce and the city, the seires will ask what measures can be taken to preserve the city as an affordable site for living, experimentation and cultural production. Broadcasting three of the series' key questions, the installation calls for the public to respond with their ideas, thoughts and responses via the series' dedicated Twitter hashtag #CultureCommerce

When speaking about the commission Tom Mower said:
"The relationship between culture and commerce in public space can often be felt through boarded up windows, plastered in fly posters promoting events and performances. This aesthetic offered both a physical and bold graphic way of drawing people's attention to the Culture + Commerce debate. Taking over the space of The Architecture Foundation's windows in this way was very much about asking people to stop and consider these questions as they passed by."


Tom Mower is a London based graphic designer who's work has a particular interest in political and social issues. He studied at the Royal College of Art between 2004-06. He has worked as a designer for Bravo Charlie Mike Hotel, a graphic design and branding consultancy. In 2007 he set up St. Pierre & Miquelon with fellow designers Simon Elvins and Julie Hill, a part-time collaborative practice pursuing projects in publishing, research, events, talks and exhibitions. In September 2011 he took up the post of sessional lecturer at Croydon College, working with the 3rd year BA Graphic Design students.