We were responsible for the exhibition design, research and coordination. The exhibition, and recent demolition of a number of building featured in it, have prompted a revival of interest in the modernist heritage of the region. Much of the content from the exhibition is now included in the Something Concrete + Modern online archive.
Client: RIBA North East
Location: Newcastle Upon-Tyne
We took a dual role in this project, researching and curating the exhibition content and designing and overseeing the installation of the exhibition itself. The exhibition was held in the Stephenson Works, a Grade I listed building in Newcastle and the former workshop of the railway engineer, Robert Stephenson.
The exhibition charted the architectural landscape of the region during the period 1945-1979 and documented more than 40 projects and key figures from the period. The exhibition featured original models and artefacts sourced and restored from the architects’ archives, film recordings, art work from Peter Yates, alongside newly commissioned models and drawings by students of architecture at Newcastle University and Northumbria University. The exhibition design was undertaken in collaboration with the the RIBA North East steering committee and Formica who sponsored the exhibition.
The exhibition ignited local interest in the subject and sparked the ongoing project and archive Something Concrete and Modern which have developed over the past five years.
Faulkner Brown Architects
Elder Lester McGreggor Ross Architects
James Cubbitt Architects
Durham County Council
QMF Northern Fabricators
Bill Softly (Workshop technician)
Peter Kellett (loan of Killingworth model and man-hole cover)
Jesmond Library Model
Apollo Pavilion Model
Northumbria University Modelmakers
Newcastle Civic Centre Model
Sally Anne Norman
William Lawrence Walker and Family