THINKING BIG IN BRIDGWATER
We are delighted to announce we have been successful in gaining funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, RIBA, Knightstone Housing, Bridgwater Town Council and the Sedgemoor District Council to deliver a very exciting project:
C.I.A.M Conference 1947, Bridgwater, Somerset: group photograph of the participants on a visit to the Bristol Aeroplane Company, including Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, Erno Goldfinger, Maxwell Fry, Jane Drew, and Wells Coates. Credit: RIBA Collections.
For seven days in September 1947, Bridgwater Arts Centre (itself only one year old) hosted an historic conference which brought together leading architects, urbanists, writers and photographers from around the world: the first post-war Congrès International d’Architecture Moderne (CIAM). The event attracted eighty-seven influential delegates including Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius (founder of the Bauhaus), Erno Goldfinger and Cornelis van Eesteren.
To mark the 70th anniversary, CIAM 6 Revisited will tell the story of this hidden, though significant, event through school and community workshops, an exhibition and conference exploring art, architecture and urban design history. A chance to find out how Bridgwater shaped the history of the future.
How can you get involved? From modernist Bake-Off to model making and Minecraft, there will be a programme of workshops rolling out in schools, here at BAC and in community settings from May 2017. Everything made at the workshops will be shown as part of the exhibition at Bridgwater Arts Centre in September, alongside archive materials from 1947.