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An architectural model of a building made out of wood.

Grey Gardens

Festival of Architecture

27 February - 01 May 2016

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.

Grey Gardens exhibition in DCA Galleries.

The exhibition traced 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 were 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 that took 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.

Grey Gardens | Artists' Video

Grey Gardens: Exhibition Notes

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Exhibition images

 An abstract clay sculpture a part of Grey Gardens exhibition.
Grey Gardens exhibition in DCA Galleries.
An architectural model of a building made out of wood.
'Grey Gardens' exhibition in our galleries. A picture shows letters on the floor next to a circle. There are photographs of buildings on the other wall.
'Grey Gardens' exhibition in DCA Galleries. Photos of buildings are on the walls, along with building plans and a small architectural model.
A small architectural model made out of wood.