Six very different artists and creatives have been selected to spend one day each at Oriel Myrddin Gallery considering and responding to the ideas and aesthetics of our current exhibition The Building Project. Come along to the gallery to see what each artist/creative is doing in-situ.

Niall Maxwell / Monday 11 March 2019  10am – 4pm

Niall Maxwell is the founder and principal of Rural Office for Architecture (ROA), an award winning RIBA Chartered architectural practice based in Carmarthen, Wales.

The practice has won many awards since being established in 2008, recently winning the RIBA House of the Year 2017 and receiving a RIBA National Award for its ground breaking Carbon Neutral Estate, Caring Wood, in Kent. Niall was a 2018 jury member for House of the Year, as featured on Grand Designs.

ROA was recently selected by the Architecture Foundation as one of the best emerging practices in the UK, and featured by Rowan Moore in the Observer as one of the best small practices in the UK.

In 2015 they won the Grand Designs “Self Build on a Shoestring” competition, and continue to win competitions, most recently the Visit Wales Epic Retreats, which was televised on Channel 4 in 2017.

To coincide with The Building Project exhibition at the gallery, Niall has selected our Book Club read – Italo Calvino’s ‘Invisible Cities’. The book is a conversation between two characters describing the experiences of one’s travels to imaginary cities. These are described as brief prose poems, 55 fictitious cities in all, taking the reader on a journey whilst deconstructing the classic format of a travel novel. “Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” 

Niall and the studio of Rural Office for Architecture will use their day in the gallery to contribute to the collective exhibition, and reconfigure its form to reflect one of the ‘cities’ described in one of Calvino’s prose poems. This will be accompanied by a similarly short prose describing places and spaces through words rather than drawings. A prose on the interpretation of the abstract or fictional.



With thanks to Will Judge and Rural Office for Architecture for use of their images.


Amanda Blake – Saturday 2 February

David Jones – Saturday 9 February

Millie Marotta  – Saturday 16 February

Tim Stokes – Saturday 23 February

Ivan Black – Wednesday 6 March

Niall Maxwell (Rural Office for Architecture)  – Monday 11 March




Saturday 28 July 2pm

You and your friends are invited to the opening of

Haptic Tacit: In Search of the Vernacular


Gallery talk – Welsh Regionalism: landscape, context and place by Niall Maxwell of Rural Office for Architecture, winner of RIBA House of the Year 2017,  2-3pm

At The Old Surgery, King Street, Carmarthen (in the lane between the Community Crafts shop and The Library)


Followed by the exhibition preview in the gallery at 3pm to be opened by Niall Maxwell

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