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Thinking through drawing

Chris Wilkinson RA

3 September 2015 — 14 February 2016

This exhibition is now closed

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Giving a unique insight into the mind of an architect, the RA presents the personal sketchbooks of Chris Wilkinson RA.

To have an architect or artist share their sketchbooks is to be offered an extraordinary window into their creative process, to reveal their observations and their thinking, to see the designer’s mind at work. For an architect, the sketchbook is not just a place to draw, but a place to order thoughts – to graphically and visually gather information and to develop a design response.

This is certainly true for renowned architect Chris Wilkinson RA, who believes passionately in the importance of drawing by hand, particularly in an age dominated by digital media.

This exhibition contains a selection of Wilkinson’s sketchbooks, drawings and watercolours from the last 30 years alongside architectural objects. They reveal his design thinking, from initial site studies and early concepts to design development and construction, through projects such as the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, Maggie’s Centre in Oxford and the King’s Cross Gasholders.

Please note, this exhibition will be closed from 2pm for essential maintenance on Wednesday 3rd February.

3 September 2015 — 14 February 2016

Tuesday–Friday, 10am–4pm
Saturday and Sunday, 10am–6pm
Closed Monday

Complimentary entry with a valid Royal Academy exhibition ticket, or £3 General Admission ticket. Friends of the RA and under 16s go free when with a fee-paying adult.

Tennant Gallery and Richard Sharp Council Room