Living Within – Architecture 2020

The return of our architectural models exhibition, which this year centred on the role of creative spaces and set against the backdrop of Elisabeth Frink’s Woolland Studio.

We looked at both the importance of creative space and highlighted 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 launched with a symposium that considered 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 joined 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 began with talks by interior designer Emily Todhunter. The following day we heard from Sue Stuart- Smith on the powers of gardening for mental health. The symposium continued on Saturday 19 September with a talk on her forty year career in interior design by Jane Churchill. Saturday was headlined by two panels discussions: A Place Apart and A Place Together, which recalled 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 was introduced by renowned architect Mike Stiff of Stiff + Trevillion and included contributions from Fergus Feilden, Jenny Jones, Jessica Reyolds and Philip Gumuchdjian chaired by Roger Zogolovitch. A Place Together featured panelists Niall McLaughlin, Peter Clegg, Piers Taylor and Christina Seilern. Each spoke for 10 minutes on a specific project before joining the discussion chaired by Kate Goodwin. Niall McLaughlin, Presences.

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