This new festival aims to stimulate discussion about architecture, providing an opportunity to demonstrate and discuss the wide range of economic, social and environmental benefits that well-designed buildings can bring to a community.
The Festival will provide a forum for architects, planners and other professsionals and the public to share views and knowledge about the built environment. The programme will also include:
- talks and films ranging from a documentary of Charles Correa’s work in deprived areas of India, to the 2010 film ‘How much does your building weigh, Mr Foster?’
- Discussions will have a strong local dimension and look at the impact that development has on local distinctiveness
- Design workshops available for local secondary school pupils
- Linking in with the exhibition ‘Bathing Beauties’ in Gallery 1, activities for families will include workshops to build your own beach hut!
More information will be available shortly - watch this space!
An RSAW and Aberystwyth Arts Centre Festival
Saturday 23 March
Talks: 6 - 7.30pm
Cinema & gallery 1
Free entryAn evening of ideas: Festival launch
Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas hosts a discussion with Michael Trainor, curator of Festival exhibition Bathing Beauties and Owen Hatherley, author of A guide to the new ruins of Great Britain.
Saturday 30 March
Launch of Festival Film Series: Mon Oncle (U) (Jacques Tati, France 1958, 115 mins)
We are proud to present the very last public UK screening for the foreseeable future (due to expiration of rights) of Tati’s satirical assault on efficiency and the modern world seen through M. Hulot’s ramshackle house and his relatives’ aggressively modern, automated house. See more and book here.
Wednesday 3 April
Eames, The Architect and the Painter (12A) (Jason Cohn, Bill Jersey USA 2011, 85mins)
A documentary about American designers Charles and Ray Eames, best known for their plywood and fiberglass furniture. They also created a mind-bending variety of other products, from splints for wounded military during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys. See more and book here.
Mon 8 – Tues 9 April 10am – 4pm
£180.00 - £200.00
Architectural ceramics workshop with Gwen Heeney
A two- day brick carving workshop exploring brick carving and its architectural relevance to space, light, shadow and reflectivity. Gwen Heeney is a public artist and teacher at the University of Wolverhampton.
See more and book here.
Tuesday 9 April
Mr Blandings Builds his Dream House (U)(H C Potter, USA 1948 94 mins)
Cary Grant and Myrna Loy star as a couple who decide they can afford to have a house in the country built to their specifications. It turns out to be a lot more trouble than they expected...
See more and book here.
Tuesday 16 April
Great Expectations, A Journey through 200 years of visionary architecture
(Jesper Wachtmeister 2010 52 mins) Take a journey through possible and impossible architecture projects from the beginning of the 20th century to today. See more and book here.
Thursday 18 April
£10 - £12.50
An evening of architecture and poetry
Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke. See more and book here.
Friday 19 April
10am – 6 pm
From £65 +VAT
5 - 6pm session only,
Free with reservation
RSAW Spring School: Best laid plans …
A one-day seminar for architects and planners in partnership with RTPI Cymru.
The Inspiration Hour: Award-winning architect John Pardey talks about his projects in an open forum. To book a free place ring RSAW 02920 228987
Saturday 20 April
Let’s make something! Arts Centre 40th anniversary Open Day free workshops
Saturday 20 April
Open day free event
Aberystwyth University campus and National Library of Wales
Tuesday 23 April
Living in the Future, Lammas
Followed by Q&A with Paul Wimbush, one of the residents and founding members of the UK’s first planned eco village in Pembrokeshire. See more and book here.
Tues 30th April
THX1138 (George Lucas USA 1971 86 mins)
George Lucas’s first film depicts a dystopian, underground city and the escape attempt of a man and woman who rebel against the android-controlled society. See more and book here.
Friday 3 May
Power and pleasures question panel
An invited panel reflects on the Festival theme of ‘the power and pleasures of well-considered buildings and places’, followed by a drinks reception.
Ceredigion County Council and members of Mid-Wales Branch, Royal Society of Architects in Wales pool ideas on a town centre development site.
Exhibitions - free admission
Exhibition 1 - 23/03 – 04/05/13 - Bathing Beauties 100 models by artists and architects re-imagining the British beach hut. See more here.
Exhibition 2 - 23/03 – 04/05/13 - Heatherwick Studio designs for a new building for Aberystwyth University
Exhibition 3 - 23/03 – 13/04/13 - Three of a Kind: Two Missions: One School of Architecture: CAT work by post-graduate architecture students at the Centre for Alternative Technology, set against mission statements exploring innovative forms of post-graduate teaching
Exhibition 4 - 23/03 – 04/05/13 - Vernacular architecture of Ceredigion photographs by Dafydd Jones-Davies. Derelict, converted and occupied utilitarian structures using characteristic materials form an intriguing dynamic with the landscape of the county.
Exhibition 5 - 23/04/13 -04/05/13 - Visions of place: the story of designed settlements drawings from the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales
Workshops for local schools contact Visual Arts Eduction Department, Aberystwyth Arts Centre 01970 622882
Sense of place photography workshop - Giles Morris runs a workshop for year 7 students using photography to explore the built environment
Poetry competition - National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke judges poems with an architectural theme in a joint Festival event with Aberystwyth University