The return of our architectural models exhibition, which this year is centred on the role of creative spaces and set against the backdrop of Elisabeth Frink’s Woolland Studio. We will look at both the importance of creative space and highlight the beauty in the making of an architectural model with an exhibition including those designed for artists’ studios, galleries, arts schools and libraries by leading architects including Invisible Studio/ Piers Taylor, Jenny Jones, Matheson Whiteley, Feilden Fowles, Peter Clegg, vPPR, Stiff + Trevillion and Niall McLaughlin.
Our exhibition launches with a symposium that considers the radical changes going on in the spaces we inhabit. From the context of both our own private and individual environments to how we will engage with each other publicly in the future, we have all become increasingly aware of the space we are ‘living within’. Elisabeth Frink’s Woolland Studio was her creative space and one which she described as ‘a place apart’. We join leading minds from the fields of Architecture, Interior and Garden design to consider how good design has and is adapting to the changed environment and our contemporary concerns.
The programming begins with talks by interior designer Emily Todhunter. The following day we hear from Sue Stuart- Smith on the powers of gardening for mental health. The symposium continues on Saturday 19 September with a talk on her forty year career in interior design by Jane Churchill.
Saturday is headlined by two panels discussions: A Place Apart and A Place Together, which recall Frink’s statement about her studio and solitary practice and a contrasting talk about how collective spaces need to be reimagined and how architecture is adapting to a post Covid-19 Society. A Place Apart is introduced by renowned architect Mike Stiff of Stiff + Trevillion and includes contributions from Fergus Feilden, Jenny Jones, Jessica Reyolds and Philip Gumuchdjian chaired by Roger Zogolovitch. A Place Together features panelists Niall McLaughlin, Peter Clegg, Piers Taylor and Christina Seilern. Each will speak for 10 minutes on a specific project before joining the discussion chaired by Kate Goodwin.
Niall McLaughlin, Presences Photo: Steve Russell Photography
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