Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Rolling Summer House/Timber Talent South West: Architecture for the 21st Century

The Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World is a marvellous organisation which aims to:
* develop new understandings through the work of contemporary artists which explores the social, environmental and scientific issues involved in our changing relationship to nature.
* create new art and art practice by supporting artists to respond to the wider historical and cultural constructions of 'nature'.
* increase access to the contemporary arts by breaking down barriers to public engagement.

From April 26 until July 13, they'll be running their annual Timber Talent South West: Architecture for the 21st Century exhibition (free admission) as part of their year-long Wood Culture festival which celebrates all things woodish.Timber Talent features 16 inspiring recent examples of the use of timber in contemporary architecture. As an example of what you can expect, here's the Rolling Summer House by Charlie Whinney from the wonderful but sadly no longer with us sixixis which created "unique and exciting pieces using local unseasoned timber". It appeared in the exhibition two years ago. Their web site is still up however and well worth a browse.
Thanks to Annie Leymarie for the alert.


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  2. Just to let you know, Charlie now has his own company, post-sixixis, called Charlie Whinney Associates - see He'll be making another Rolling Summerhouse over the next month which will be for sale, and has also made a new garden sculpture called the Coral Arbour which is currently on display in the Hillier Gardens in Hampshire as part of the 'Art in the Garden' exhibition. You can email if you would like to see any pictures. There are two of these, both unique, with are also currently for sale.
    Thanks! Alison, CWA