The Building Project

What makes a house?  What makes a home? How do we make a community?

The Building Project, by creative practice Freshwest is a collaboration with Oriel Myrddin Gallery that invites people to participate in the making of their own miniaturised settlement in which to experiment, play and debate.

Within the gallery, participants will use a simple fabrication process to make small plaster “houses” that will contribute to the creation of an intriguing model settlement which will develop and grow in-situ.

Over the course of the exhibition, creatives and artists from diverse disciplines will then be invited to intervene in the settlement to re-interpret its material properties and its meaning.

Freshwest’s Building Project is a continuation of a recurring theme in their work that they call ‘design without designing’:  “We are interested in developing processes that have clearly defined boundary’s but leave space for creative interaction and unplanned events. This allows work to grow and change as it is created, resulting in an outcome that is ultimately more expressive and engaging, and perhaps completely different to when it was originally conceived.

We are fascinated with how emotive these simple plaster cubes can become. When you invite someone to build their own “house” they impart a sense of ownership over it, and in some way, part of them resides within. Once they placed their house into the settlement, they give over some of that ownership and become part of the community. 

For us The Building Project has no preconceived end point, its evolution, outcome and meaning are ultimately in the hands of its contributors”. 


Read about our Building Project Artist Commissions.




Behind Open Doors by Freshwest

A week of collaborative video and sound installations at The Building Project, Oriel Myrddin Gallery.

For the finale of The Building Project Freshwest will be responding to their own installation with an exciting week of miniaturised sound and video installations.

From Friday 15 March The Building Project will become sonically alive as Freshwest install short films and soundscapes that will emanate from inside plaster houses dotted throughout the installation.

In an exciting twist Freshwest and Oriel Myrddin Gallery would like to invite members of the public to become part of this exhibition by giving you the opportunity to make and submit your own ‘short film’.


Interested? Click here to find out how to submit your film!



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