The Wales Festival of Architecture returns in April and May 2017 to host a programme of talks, films and exhibitions exploring the positive impact that good architecture has on people’s everyday lives and experience.
The main Festival exhibition features the work of photographer James Morris and poet Elis Dafydd, who were invited to respond to award-winning buildings in Wales on the theme of 'For the People’, at the 2016 National Eisteddfod.
Highlights include an update on an international competition to design a unique ‘pop-up’ hotel – using Welsh materials to create glamping units on three temporary sites this summer – and a discussion on favourite buildings in Wales (old and new) selected by our specialist panel.
With satellite events across Wales, we hope the 2017 Festival of Architecture will have something of interest for everyone who cares about the places and spaces around us.
1 April - 20 May | For the people... A celebration of Welsh architecture
Foyer and café wall, Aberystwyth Arts Centre | Free entry
James Morris’s photographs capture the owners and users of 2016 award-winning buildings in Wales as they live, work and study in their new environments.
Tuesday 9 May 6pm - 8pm | Festival Reception: an evening of books and buildings
Theatre and foyer, Aberystwyth Arts Centre | Free entry
A growing awareness of the landscape and buildings that have shaped Wales is reflected in recent research and books. Join our panel of guest speakers who will share with us their favourite building in Wales including Gillian Clarke, poet, and Dr Mark Baker, architectural historian and author. The talk is followed by a drinks reception and book-browsing.
Wednesday 26 April 5.30pm | Strange and familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island
Cinema, Aberystwyth Arts Centre | Free entry
This award-winning film documents a bold architecture and cultural project to help remote Fogo Island, Newfoundland, recover from the collapse of the cod fishing industry.
(2015, 52 mins). Followed by optional discussion group in the café bar.
April and May | The Eye Architecture Season
The Eye, Foyer café, Aberystwyth Arts Centre | Free Entry
A collection of short films exploring architectural practice and intervention.
• Captured moments: Cipio Eiliadau
A study of the effect of light as it passes through glass, creating fleeting shadows. The work of Rhian Hâf, captured in a Ruthin Craft Centre film by Eilir Pierce.
• WanderBox: Jo Marsh
Jo Marsh explores the overlap between sculpture and performance in this film by Evelyn Jones-Hughes featuring Jeanette Orrell.
• Shepherd's Hut: Antonia Dewhurst
Artist Antonia Dewhurst’s project to build a Shepherd’s Hut with Caia Park community in Wrexham.
• Portable Art Space: Emily Speed
The relationship between people and buildings, shelter and the inhabitant feature in Emily Speed’s portable art space for Oriel Wrecsam.