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Tim Soar at Article 25's Summer Party

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Photographer exhibits collection examining Derwent Valley Mills in aid of building charity

Article 25’s Summer Party last night showcased new work by architectural photographer Tim Soar, at an exhibition curated by architect Phil Coffey and presented in partnership with Place Careers. The room was a-buzz with admirers of Soar’s prints, which lined the walls of the Clerkenwell Kitchen, re-appropriated as demure art gallery.

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Soar’s collection documents the remnants of the 19th century water industry of the north, namely the Derwent Valley Mills in and around Derby.

He aims to examine the social, economic and geographic factors in generating these communities with their own social orders, and whether such developments are a record of lessons for modern society facing an ‘age of unpredictable futures.’

'Masson Mills Boiler Rooms' by Timothy Soar

‘Masson Mills Boiler Rooms’ by Timothy Soar

Parallels have been drawn with Article 25’s work in the developing world, which seeks to understand the benefits of investment to large displaced communities facing rapid change in challenging environments.

'Masson Mill' by Timothy Soar

‘Masson Mill’ by Timothy Soar

The compositions capture the lost dynamism of these now inert scenes and objects; Soar says the message at the heart of the work is that a focused, centralised political context necessary to unlocking the full modern potential of water power – perhaps a second coming in the context of the Derwent Mills?

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Article 25 is the beneficiary charity of London Festival of Architecture 2012. To support their work, please donate here.

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