Light and her brides by Imogen Holden

A blueprint of Cragside house

Light and her brides (23 June-4 November) looks to the future of architectural drawing, exploring the idea that buildings can be brought to life by the people who inhabit them. It aims to explore our use of space, whilst sharing the hidden stories of those who worked and lived within the walls of the house over the last 100 years.

Adopting some of the most cutting-edge architectural methods, the installation layers drawing and data to capture the lives of the household staff whose work formed the foundations of life at Cragside, it explores the connections between past and present, revealing an innovative picture  of the relationship between people and place.
These hidden histories are presented as ‘part of the furniture’, anchored in household objects such as jelly moulds, cold slabs and dishwashing machines. They come to life through a 21st century ‘Cragside blueprint’ which combines multiple, layered media. The installation ventures beyond the traditional 2D drawing – such as those produced by Richard Norman Shaw (Cragside’s architect)– and offers a continuous, ever evolving picture which brings Cragside to life.

About the innovator

Imogen Holden is an architectural designer and thinker, who graduated with Distinction in her Master of Architecture degree from Newcastle University in 2016. That same year she was awarded the RIBA Hadrian Medal for her research into piers and coastal architectures for the 21st century. She currently holds a PhD place at Newcastle University to continue her research into the materiality of these coastal edges. In 2016, Imogen joined the award-winning FaulknerBrowns Architects. She is currently working towards her final architectural qualifications, whilst practising full time as part of a team focused on rethinking city placemaking.

Imogen Holden
Imogen Holden sketching designs for her installation
Imogen Holden