Top picks for the 2017 Archifringe
- Rachael Cloughton
- 23 June 2017
Our selection for the grassroots architecture and design festival
When the Scottish Government launched their 'Year of Architecture and Design' in 2016, a keen group of architects, designers, photographers, engineers, visual artists, curators and musicians came together to create 'Archifringe' – an alternative, grassroots festival to complement the Government led programme.
Following the success of the first year, what was initially thought to be a one-off celebration of Scotland's contribution to this field has become an annual event – and from the lineup of 2017's festival, one of the most exciting, innovative and diverse festivals on the Scottish arts calendar. This year there are over 230 contributors working on fifty projects across 37 different venues in Scotland, from the Loch Ness to Berwickshire – even the biggest archi-nerd would struggle to get around it all, so here's a few of our must-sees…
Despite a peace process that was agreed almost 20 years ago, Belfast has almost 20 miles of peace lines, walls and other structures that divide its two largest communities. For the past two years, John Irvine has been photographing these interface areas and their surrounding geography.
Civic House, Glasgow, Sat 1–Sun 23 Jul. Artist Talk Wed 5 Jul at Civic House 6:30pm (1.5 hours)
57 Degrees North – Bothy Culture
A night of music, poetry, stories and song in celebration of Highland Bothy Culture, high up on a hill above Loch Ness. Speakers include Lesley Riddoch on Scotland's missing wood cabins and ethnologist Hugh Cheape of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the folklore of bothy culture in Scots and Gaelic culture, organized by Mairi McFadyen.
Abriachan Village Hall, Sat 15 Jul, 7:30pm–11pm
Trip to Bonnington Hydro-Electric Power Station
Artist Ally Wallace has hired a minibus to take 12 people for a guided tour of Bonnington's stunning, Art Deco Hydro Electric Power Station, followed by a walk to the nearby dam and Falls of Clyde. Participants will also be given a small book of the artist's drawings.
Meet at Civic House, Glasgow on Fri 21 Jul at 2:25pm. Tour ends back at Civic House at 6:25pm (4 hours) £10.
An Exquisite Conversation – Conferring with the Corpse
A Surrealist style exercise, with words and phrases generated from the audience randomly brought together and put before a rolling roster of speakers. Line up includes author and commentator Gerry Hassan, Lucy Byatt, director of Hospitalfield, Euan Leitch of BEFS, and Andy Summers, co-producer of the Architecture Fringe.
Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Summerhall, Edinburgh. Sat 8 Jul, 10am–1pm
In the lead up to Archifringe, Liane Bauer & Marion Preez organised journeys through Edinburgh and Glasgow with a moderator, a member of the public, an architect and a taxi driver. Each took the others on a tour to some of their favourite buildings. At each stop on the journey they discussed the reasons for their choices. These journeys – and the lively conversations they provoked – have been filmed and will be shown at Civic House.
Civic House, Glasgow, Sat 1–Sun 23 Jul
War Zone Creatives
Group exhibition organized by UrbanPioneers, a Landscape Architecture and Art practice based in Edinburgh. This exhibition, curated with Palestinian architect Omar Mohammad, reflects on how our work, and life, is affected, changed and questioned when infrastructure is destroyed through conflict.
St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, Wed 5–Sun 23 July
Open Eyes Tour
Faith Limbrick and Ben Callaghan have organized a tour through central Edinburgh exploring the esoteric and hidden symbols in prominent architectural structures. The pair will explore their mysterious meanings and propose new ways of understanding and interacting with them.
Tour starts at Mason's Pillars, Melville Drive 1 Lonsdale Terrace Edinburgh. Tue 18 Jul, 7pm.
Steve Messam's huge, temporary installations disturb and enchant the rural landscapes where they're usually found. For Archifringe he will create three temporary installations in the historic gardens of Robert Adam's Mellerstain House.
Mellerstain House, Berwickshire Fri 14–Sun 16 & Fri 21–Sun 23 July 2017, 11am–5pm.
Mindfulness in Old Town Edinburgh
A collaborative project between Olga Gogoleva of Cobble Tales and Eileen Hall, this walking tour explores the Old Town, leading participants into Royal Mile closes and experiencing them through mindfulness practice. The pair describe the event as 'a walk for curious lovers of the picturesque, the grand and the hidden.'
Tour starts outside the Tourist Information Centre, 3 Princes St, Edinburgh.
Sat 22 Jul, 11am. Tickets £12