The House of St Barnabas is an iconic Georgian building with one of the finest Rococo plasterwork interiors in London, and its chapel provides a unique and atmospheric setting for talks, conversations and events. Beth Orton, Gilles Peterson and Paloma Faith are just a few of those who’ve performed in these stunning surroundings. Ahead of the launch of its not-for-profit members’ club this Autumn, the beautiful chapel will once again open its doors for A Mighty Big If, a season of events and conversations for summer 2013.

Richard Wilson and 20:50

Richard Wilson and 20:50

Founding member of the Club at The House of St Barnabas, writer and musician Richard Strange, returns in conversation with the renowned sculptor and installation artist Richard Wilson on 23 July. Wilson is globally acclaimed for his interventions in architectural space, drawing inspiration from the worlds of engineering and construction. His epic work 20:50 demonstrates this perfectly – it takes its name from the type of engine oil used and is in fact an entire room flooded in sump oil, a substance so thick it looks like a polished floor and reflects the surroundings. The smell of the oil makes it a very sensory experience as well. The sea of sump oil was described by critic Andrew Graham as ‘one of the masterpieces of the modern age’. It is Wilson’s name perhaps more than that of any other that has become synonymous with the idea of installation art in Britain.

Gilles Peterson and Friends (Eska, Nick Mulvey and Ayanna) at The Autumn Culture Series, The House of St Barnabas; London UK 16 October 2012

The House of St Barnabas in London’s Soho has a long history; it has been home to nuns, ex-service women, aristocrats and members of parliament. It was allegedly the setting for Dr Manette’s lodgings in Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. It has now been redesigned as a members-only club, run by the property’s eponymous charitable foundation, with an impressive line-up of founding members, such as BBC Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank and the photographer Rankin. All profits will fund the running of the charity’s Employment Academy, which will provide training and employment opportunities for those who are homeless or have been homeless in the past.

A Mighty Big If with Richard Wilson and Richard Strange
Tuesday 23rd July 2013
Doors 6.30pm
Tickets £10 available from

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Words by Anna Bang


A Mighty Big If, anna bang, Rankin, Richard Strange, Richard Wilson, Rob Da Bank, The House of St Barnabas,