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Reflecting Wales 09:09

[EXHIBITION] Last chance to see the work of nine emerging Welsh architects who were chosen to head up this refreshing exhibition in the heart of Cardiff.

Exhibitors David Chambers, Steve Coombs, Aled Wyn Davies, Sarah Featherstone, Richard Golledge, Matthew Jones, Niall Maxwell, Chris Owen and Rhian Thomas have each been asked to prepare a manifesto on the theme of ‘place’ and contribute original work as the basis of the exhibition, rather than provide a banal ‘showcase’ of their respective talents.

The result is a thought-provoking mix of work that encompasses both the traditional and the progressive. Rhian Thomas’carefully etched landscape prints and Steve Coombs’ impressive full-scale timber installation nod to the long tradition of sensitivity and craft in Welsh architecture, while questioning values of materiality and place in a resource-starved future.

Of the more light-hearted exhibits is David Chambers’ ‘Love Stories of Recession’ – a collection of tales set in or linked to Wales, exploring the relationship between people and their work-places in the 21st Century.

As a stand-alone celebration of the critical work of young Welsh designers, the exhibition succeeds in providing exposure for its exhibitors. The real excitement lies in the types of debate the nine projects have encouraged to open up and their combined impact on architecture in Wales and the rest of the UK.

Reflecting Wales 09:09 is organised by the Welsh School of Architecture in partnership with the Design Commission for Wales, and in collaboration with Design Circle RSAW South and Cardiff School of Art and Design.

Exhibition will be displayed until 4th November, Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff CF24 OSP

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