Architecture of Change
Architecture of Change was a resounding success, with 500 visitors, and over 20 tours, workshops, artist's talks, presentations, in conversations, and much more besides.
Artist filmmaker Mara Cavalli made a video about the exhibition which used the narrative of exhibiting artist Tanad Williams to introduce the themes in the exhibition through a dream-like sequence. You can watch the video here.
We opened the exhibition with a day of workshops, talks, and a formal reception. In the morning, exhibiting artist Amanda Moström held an Inflatables Workshop which involved creating a plastic square or tube that you could crawl into. Inflatables have been used as a tool for artist and design collectives in numerous ways; it functions as a cheap and impressive foundation to make space.
In the afternoon, exhibiting artists Andreas Kindler von Knobloch, Tom Watt, and Tanad Williams discussed their site-specific installation within the space, with gallery visitors sitting on the artworks.
Later on, we welcomed Dr Gerald Mills, Physical Geographer at UCD Dublin who made a presentation about ‘The Value of Trees in Cities’ and Ralf Alwani of Our Future Foyle Project presented Building on Myths and Foundations which focuses on designing contextual and cultural responses to health and wellbeing problems in an urban landscape. After his talk, Ralf Alwani brought guests on a walking tour of a series of pop-ups on the Peace Bridge. The exhibition contains a series of cubes which displayed individual and group responses to ‘What Does the River Mean to You?’. This work was used as an important study into how architecture can support health and well being concepts.
School Groups, Tours, and Family Workshops
We welcomed several school groups from The Model Primary School and the Gael Scoil, and the children reacted very positively to the interactive nature of the exhibition. They were also invited to respond to the exhibition by drawing their own vision of Derry's future. We also held a Family Workshop day which saw parents and children playing and drawing together.
One of our volunteers from Foyle International also led a tour for some of their members in her native language of French.
ASSEMBLE In Conversation with DCSDC
We were delighted to welcome Assemble member Amica Dall and Assemble collaborator Eddie Nuttal as they were joined in conversation with members of Derry City & Strabane District Council: Economic Development Officer (Regeneration & Planning) Tony Monaghan, Parks Development Manager Colin Kennedy, and Play Development Officer Helen Turton to discuss past and future plans for Derry City. The event was a great success and we hope that the conversation will continue. You can listen back to the talk here.
Thank you to everyone who attended. You can read more about the exhibiting artist's practices through the links below: