Please join us for the opening of two new exhibitions, Learnt in Translation - Peter Rich, and withdrawings - exquisite pencil drawings by Andrew Nair.

  • 14 September 2011
  • Exhibition Opening



Main and Mezzanine Gallery, Multi-media Room - LEARNT IN TRANSLATION - Peter Rich

Peter Rich is dedicated to the creation of contemporary African architecture. He creates places and spaces that are meaningful, moving and uplifting for all who occupy them. He has been a student, practitioner and teacher of architecture for the past four-and-a-half decades, and during this time he has carried out extensive first-hand research into African vernacular architecture. He has been a pioneer of an architecture that translates the lessons learnt from this research into practice, and as a result is truly African in its essence.

Peter has traveled extensively, and his travel sketches are a mesmerisingly beautiful account of how these journeys have shaped the way he perceives and understands the world.

He has a long history of working with disadvantaged communities in Africa, and in the process helps to give them a voice by empowering them and providing training and employment that has had a tangible positive effect long outlasting the construction period. As a result, his buildings are truly owned by their users.

This exhibition traces the development of Peter's work to date. It showcases drawings, models and photographs of completed projects, as well as design development sketches, enabling visitors to gain an understanding of the thinking underpinning the projects. Displayed alongside the architectural works are the influences that have shaped Peter and his architecture: his beautiful travel sketches from around the world, his extensive research into space-making in Ndebele architecture and examples of African art




Park Contemporary Gallery - Andrew Nair - withdrawings

This is Andrew's first and much anticipated solo exhibition. His exquisitely rendered pencil drawings have been over ten years in the making. This series traces the contemplative evolution of the artist's personal growth towards a lightness of being.






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