Tenth Day of Christmas


On the Tenth Day of Bankside Open Spaces Trust, we give to you 10 Extraordinary Women, the name of our design challenge, set with The London Festival of Architecture, in celebration of the centenary year of women's suffrage and the festival's theme of 'Identity'. Architects and artists were invited to create a series of dedicated installations, or ‘follies’ that took inspiration from an extraordinary female figure — past or present.

The challenge was set in April and in June 10 follies were chosen to form an exhibition in Marlborough Sports Garden. The garden was a fitting home as it owes its existence to one of our Extraordinary Women, Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan, and is very close to Red Cross Garden, founded by another of the women, Octavia Hill.

Each of the women represented were people who took bold steps to make a difference in shaping the future social, architectural or urban environment of their local communities and beyond, whilst inspiring new generations. 

10 Extraordinary Women of Bankside:

Octavia Hill

P.J. Harvey

Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan

James Barry

#womenlikealice, an interactive folly where visitors ‘nominated’ their own local hero.

Mary Shelley

Fanny Wilkinson

Bella Burge

Annie Besant

Mary Wollstonecraft

Architecture practices and artists:


Forge Architects

PRP Architects

RCKa Architects

DnA Factory

Stephen Kavanagh Architects


One Works

Foundry and Bottle

Cove Burgess

 “It’s fantastic to see the new Marlborough Sports Garden being used for this design challenge. It's also been wonderful working alongside the London Festival of Architecture to celebrate these unsung local heroes whose stories we are proud to tell.” Tim Wood, Chair, Bankside Open Spaces Trust

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Olivia Mudie