Oban to host pres­ti­gious fes­ti­val

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OBAN’s Fes­ti­val of Ar­chi­tec­ture opens this week­end when the Rock­field Cen­tre hosts the Scot­tish pre­miere of the Prospect North ex­hi­bi­tion, af­ter its first show at the Venice Bi­en­nale.

Res­i­dents and vis­i­tors are in­vited to ‘ Say Hello to Ar­chi­tec­ture’ with two more ex­hi­bi­tions called Best of the Best and Scot­style, as part of Scot­land’s Year of In­no­va­tion, Ar­chi­tec­ture and De­sign and the Fes­ti­val of Ar­chi­tec­ture.

There is also a fringe pro­gramme of ar­chi­tec­tural talks and work­shops, a heritage trail look­ing at the sto­ries be­hind sig­nif­i­cant build­ings in Oban and a dis­play fea­tur­ing ideas for the re­de­vel­op­ment of the Rock­field Cen­tre and its site.

The fes­ti­val will be of­fi­cially launched by Fiona Hys­lop MSP, Cul­ture Sec­re­tary, at a pre­view to­mor­row (Fri­day), be­fore open­ing to the pub­lic on Satur­day.

The Prospect North ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures the sto­ries of 15 com­mu­ni­ties across Scot­land who used de­sign and ar­chi­tec­ture to make a dif­fer­ence. The dis­play uses a sculp­tural map of Scot­land paired with cut­ting edge ‘aug­mented re­al­ity’ to bring the sto­ries to life.

Karen An­der­son, chair­woman of Ar­chi­tec­ture and De­sign Scot­land, ex­plained: ‘Scot­land has an im­por­tant story to tell of how, over re­cent years, com­mu­ni­ties have worked with ar­chi­tects and oth­ers to im­prove their ru­ral and ur­ban ar­eas. In May and June this year, Lat­eral North – with Dualchas Ar­chi­tects and Soluis – brought in­di­vid­ual Scot­tish com­mu­nity sto­ries and ex­am­ples of suc­cess­ful projects to Venice to pro­vide in­spi­ra­tion for the coun­tries rep­re­sented at La Bi­en­nale Ar­chitet­tura 2016. We are now de­lighted to be able to bring these sto­ries to the in­spir­ing Rock­field Cen­tre in Oban for the ex­hi­bi­tion’s Scot­tish pre­miere.’

Ali­son Chad­wick, a di­rec­tor of Oban Com­mu­ni­ties Trust which runs the Rock­field Cen­tre, added: ‘It’s very pres­ti­gious for the Rock­field Cen­tre. The ex­hi­bi­tion has never been this far north.

‘It’s also ex­cit­ing be­cause this is the first time we’ve used an old part of the school for an ex­hi­bi­tion.’

The ex­hi­bi­tions run at the Rock­field Cen­tre un­til Au­gust 7, while Prospect North runs un­til Au­gust 21, open daily from 1pm to 6pm ex­cept Tues­days. For in­for­ma­tion or book­ings, visit the Oban Com­mu­ni­ties Trust Face­book page or web­site www. oban­com­mu­ni­tiestrust.org.uk.

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