Talks & Topics
Talks & debates

Men Who Make Things

Part of Being A Man

Celebrate the joy and meaning that comes from making things, from woodwork to building skyscrapers, in this panel.


- Ole Thorstensen was born in Arendal, Norway, and makes his debut as an author with a story about work and identity and a tribute to manual labour, Making Things Right: A Master Carpenter at Work. Thorstensen was raised on Tromøy, an island with five thousand inhabitants. He is a trained carpenter, and has worked for 25 years in the construction industry. He now lives in Eidsvoll, six miles north of Oslo

- Adam Clarke, a leading Minecraft artist and digital producer, responsible for some of most innovative Minecraft projects in the world. He uses Minecraft, games, traditional art and technology to inspire and entertain, working globally with institutions, museums, schools and companies. His work includes high-profile collaborations with Tate Britain, Artichoke Trust, The Space, The Guardian, United for Wildlife, Disney and much more. He produces an online YouTube Channel and also starred as Wizard Keen, collaborating in Stampy's Minecraft educational series Wonder Quest. He is a global speaker on the creative uses of Minecraft and how playing can open doors to learning and enable a new generation of thinkers, creators, and agents of social change.

- Ibrahim Buhari is a British/Nigerian architect, currently developing a specialism in cinema design, working for Burrell Foley Fischer Architects, whilst also working as a mentor with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. His role as a mentor is grounded in his belief for diversity within the profession and in the built environment. Ibrahim grew up in London, studying at Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design, University of East London and Kingston University. Recently completed projects include independent cinemas, Newlyn Filmhouse in Cornwall and Depot Cinema in Lewes.

- Tom Pendry is a bespoke tailor at Henry Poole & Co., a discreetly prestigious family-owned tailoring firm on London’s iconic Savile Row. Having been introduced to the craft through a vocational course at Newham College, he learned how to sew and thereafter completed a traditional apprenticeship as a Pattern Cutter. Based in the company’s Savile Row showroom, he also oversees the company’s commitments in Europe and the Far East, cutting and fitting garments for a wide variety of clients in differing cultural environments. Tom is involved in training and overseeing production domestically in Henry Poole’s workshops on Savile Row, helping to maintain and perpetuate more than two centuries of the company’s rich tailoring heritage.

Chaired by Ted Hodgkinson, Southbank Centre Senior Programmer, Literature and Spoken Word

Part of Nordic Matters

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Royal Festival Hall
St Paul's Roof Pavilion, Level 6, Blue Side


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£20, £50

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This event is included in both the Sunday Being A Man Pass and the Being A Man Weekend Pass.