Craigavon New Town: 50 Years of Modernity

Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
24 October - 2 November 2014

Moyraffery Community Centre, Craigavon, giclée print, 182.88cm x  95.67cm, 2014

Burnside, Craigavon, giclée print, 182.88cm x  95.67cm, 2014

This exhibition, featuring new and archival photography by Victor Sloan alongside selected historical materials documenting the founding of Craigavon, tells the often-strange story of the modernist city that rose out of the Northern Irish countryside. 

It is one of the regional events of the Venice Architecture Biennale, 2014 (Absorbing Modernity), and is organised by PLACE. 

Drawings, plans and strategies for the Brownlow development tie in with the work of Geoffrey Copcutt and modernist housing design such as Cumbernauld in Scotland and Thamesmead in London made infamous in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. 

The opposition of Sloan’s uneasy imagery of life in a new city with the idealist, utopian visual culture of 1960s town planning, tells the story of a place in which quotidian normality is layered on top of the absurdity of the project’s unrealised ambition.

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