The Wales Festival of Architecture returns to Aberystwyth in April and May, with a programme of talks, films, exhibitions and book launches, once again exploring ‘the power and pleasures of well-considered buildings and places’. Photographer James Morris gives us a fascinating glimpse of what it’s like for the residents, workers or students in recent award-winning buildings in Wales, from schools to individual homes. A panel discussion explores innovative ways to reclaim neglected buildings to help solve the challenge of affordable housing in the countryside. With satellite events across Wales, we hope the 2016 Festival of Architecture will have something of interest for everyone who cares about the places and spaces around us.
The schedule for 2016 can be downloaded below, events at the Arts Centre include:
Wednesday 6 April 6pm – 8pm: Festival launch event (Free)
Are derelict buildings a solution for affordable rural housing? A panel discussion with contributors from the world of housing, architecture and planning, featuring ABC, a building preservation trust addressing the issues of derelict or redundant vernacular buildings in rural Wales and the need for affordable housing in the area. Talk followed by reception to open Festival exhibitions.
23 March – 7 May: Hollow Exhibition in Gallery 1
Taking a copper mine as a source of inspiration, this sculptural installation uses cardboard boxes that connect with magnets and invites visitors to move, stack, connect and build new forms as a way of exploring themes of displacement and the spaces left behind. Jenny Hall, Crafted Space. See www.hollow.info for related workshops and events.
26 March – 21 May: A Celebration of Welsh architecture Exhibition in main foyer and cafe gallery
James Morris’s photographs capture the owners and users of award-winning buildings in Wales as they live, work and study in their new environments.