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Grey Gardens

This is a free event and does not require booking

Discover the fascinating interplay between concrete forms and nature in this exhibition of art and architecture, programmed as part of the Scotland-wide Festival of Architecture. Featuring contemporary and archive photography, scale models and sculptures, Grey Gardens explores how architects and artists have tried to harmonise their use of concrete with natural landscapes from the 1950s to the present day.

The exhibition traces a line from Scottish modernist buildings by Morris and Steedman and Peter Womersley to the work of Italian architect Carlo Scarpa and the fantastical Mexican concrete garden Las Pozas, created by Edward James. Scottish town art also features, from Brian Miller’s work in Cumbernauld to David Harding’s creations for Glenrothes. These unique environments will be revealed through photography and video from Guido Guidi, Colin McLean, Amanda Holmes and Avery Danziger.

Set alongside these will be works by artists Neville Rae, Smith/Stewart and Martin Boyce, who won the Turner prize in 2011 and whose work DCA curated for the Venice Biennale in 2009. 

Grey Gardens is one of hundreds of events taking place during 2016 as part of the Festival of Architecture, a cornerstone of the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design celebrations. The exhibition is situated within Richard Murphy’s award-winning DCA building, which has recently been selected as one of Scotland’s greatest buildings of the past 100 years as part of Scotstyle, another Festival of Architecture project.