The Grand Section Exhibition

The Grand Section Exhibition

“Girthy; with Slim Edges” is an exhibition showcasing the work from The Grand Section, a year-long study of Australia’s architecture, east to west. Exhibiting publicly at Queen Vic Market out of a recycled tent structure, this free and highly engaging showcase is not to be missed.

Feeling an itch that was un-scratched by institutionalised learning, Newcastle University architecture students; Owen and Bobbie, wanted to study their own country as a precedent for architecture rather than the traditional European, American or classical influences. They undertook a journey to slowly get intimate with Australia’s girth. They rode their push bikes 7650km over 10 months, had 19 ‘stops’, 19 exhibitions, pedaled 6,303,600 times, had an encounter with one aggressive horse, 12.5 punctures and zero ‘psychopaths’, all in one pair of shoes at an average of 12.5km/hour.

In 2017 between February and December these non-cyclists documented the Architecture of Latitude 25 across Australia. Stopping for one week in 19 places, the duo would engage with locals, document and analyse the place and its architecture, and present back their findings to the communities they stayed with. This cross section of Australia’s Architecture is unprecedented. The work they produced enroute is now collated into the exhibition, “Girthy; with Slim Edges” which will tour the country from June – October, with a special stop at Melbourne’s favourite marketplace. Broadening the conversation about architecture and Australia, the exhibition delivers Australia’s innards to its outer fringe giving insight into the reality of Australia and the regional and remote areas of this incredible country.

Saturday 16th  & Sunday 17th June
Exhibition times will be made available closer to the event