Continuity in Architecture and Bollington Arts Centre are pleased to present: Oddments and Epigrams. An exhibition showcasing work undertaken in Bollington by postgraduate students at the Manchester School of Architecture.
For the past few months, the collegeÂ has been working in collaboration with the Neighbourhood Planning Committee in Bollington to investigate the local area in a bid to better understand the history and vernacular of the town. The partnershipÂ have been developing a plan for the town that will sustain the place for the foreseeable future, that willÂ allow the town to grow without losing its inherent character and willÂ facilitate a future for all of the residents, not just those who can afford to live there. This partnership will develop a masterplan for Bollington, it will identify areas that appropriate development can take place, propose designs for new buildings, suggest the redevelopment of existing structures and recommend areas for public space.
Oddments and Epigrams will include the work from two projects. The first is a research book whichÂ seeks to interrogate the essence of Bollington by exposing key elements pertaining to its history, culture, and character. The main focus is upon the historic evolution of the town through the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries with consideration givenÂ most notably to the topography; with heroic remnants of the Industrial Revolution such as the canal and the railway, contrasting with a calmer and more picturesque local vernacular of cottage, terraces, garrets and greens.
The other project shows proposals for a series of interventions in Bollington from a project inspired by Caruso St Johnâ€™s book entitled “Knitting, Weaving, Wrapping, Pressingâ€. The interventions aim to find a formal solution to a series of site specific problems uncovered withinÂ the earlier research. Projects include a castÂ golden stone, a collection of mirror reflections, a repeat print of the town using the process of devore which is a method for decorating cloth that has been developed in the area, a model of a mill which has been redefined with light, the interior of the local landmark transposed to the centre of the town, a water driven sculpture, a temporary cinema and a market day flag.
The exhibition opens on Sunday 17th January from 7pm at Bollington Arts Centre. Students and staff will be present to discuss the drawings, models and interventions. All welcome.
Sunday 17th January 7pm – 9pm
Monday 18th January 10am – 5pm
Tuesday 19th January 10am – 5pm
Wednesday 20th January 10am – 5pm