Capturing the Concept: The Sketchbooks of Sir Nicholas Grimshaw CBE PRA from 1982 to 2007
6 November 2009—31 January 2010
In the Tennant Room
Sir Nicholas Grimshaw PRA, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Troy, New York State (concept sketch), 2001. © the artist. Sir Nicholas Grimshaw is one of Britain’s most celebrated architects. His buildings, such as the International Terminal at Waterloo Station in London and the Eden Project in Cornwall, are icons of elegant and inventive design.
This exhibition presents a selection of drawings from the sketchbooks that Grimshaw has used throughout his career, revealing the importance of drawing in the development of his ideas. Included are concept sketches for buildings and furniture, detailed drawings of buildings’ component parts, plans of sites, and notes for meetings, presentations and speeches. The sketchbooks provide an insight into the working mind of a master architect.
The exhibition is organised by The Centre for Drawing at the University of the Arts London in collaboration with the gallery at Wimbledon College of Art, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw and the Royal Academy of Arts.
The Tennant Room is one of the John Madejski Fine Rooms
Until 31 December 2009:
Tuesday – Friday, 1pm – 4.30pm
Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 6pm
From 1 January 2010:
Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm
To accompany the exhibition, the Royal Academy of Arts has published a fully illustrated catalogue entitled The Sketchbooks of Nicholas Grimshaw. The book includes essays by Stephen Farthing RA and Peter Davey and is available from the RA Shop, priced at £16.95 (see link on right)
Talk by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw PRA
Wednesday 20 January
Architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw illustrates the important role drawing plays in his design practice.
Reynolds Room; 6.30–7.30 pm; £10/£5 reductions (incl. a drink)
to find out more and book.
Free curator’s talk
Tuesday 1 December
3.30 pm at The Royal Academy of Arts
An introduction to the sketchbooks of Sir Nicholas Grimshaw.
All welcome. No booking necessary.
Find out more about the John Madejski Fine Rooms