Some of Summerhall - A Survey in Drawings - Summerhall

My background in Architecture has instilled in me the importance of people and place, and the significance that one’s environment, has on their understanding of community and creativity. The architect Sarah Wrigglesworth has informed the way in which I have developed my ongoing investigations of buildings through recording, measurement and drawing by hand.  She comments that, ‘To capture something as large as a building on the size of a piece of paper, architects work to a reduced scale, using symbols and codes to represent the world’. She has considered, as I have, ‘How to use the conventions of architectural drawings to describe space as a lived experience rather than as a static or predictable moment of perfection’.

In 2018, my Drawing at the Royal Scottish Academy Open Show was awarded ‘The Summerhall Award’, giving me the opportunity to exhibit work at the Edinburgh arts venue. On visiting Summerhall, I wanted to create a new body of drawings, surveying the campus, it’s scale, variety and character. The Summerhall Drawings demonstrate an honest, observant and perceptive approach to this unique historic site, exhibited and recorded through carefully constructed scale drawings with pen, atmospherically inhabited with watercolour. Applying Architectural Conventions of Plan, Section, Elevation and Scale enable me to investigate spacial qualities of the former University of Edinburgh Vet School, and how the scale, layout and nature of the building has allowed it’s successful adaption and transformation as ‘a vibrant cultural village in the heart of Edinburgh’.

The objects of my study are recorded as a lived in experience, as I found it on when visiting. Furniture, finishes and further ephemera are all depicted. The drawings produced accurately show the nature and variety of spaces, and the forensic detail show their character; allowing the viewer to engage in the subject matter in a new way, and to consider further the quality, range and beauty of places and spaces within Summerhall, that allow, support and enhance ‘things happening, all kinds of interesting, wonderful and downright inspiring things’.

 

Entrance Hall Section
Elevation Survey Drawing
Pen

Entrance Hall
Section Drawing
1:20
Pen and Watercolour
(1140mm x 510mm)

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Entrance Screen
Main Entrance Lobby
Elevation Survey Drawing
Pen

Entrance Screen
Main Entrance Lobby
Elevation Drawing
1:20
Pen and Watercolour
(760mm x 510mm)

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Front Door
Main Entrance
Elevation Survey Drawing
Pen

Front Door
Main Entrance
Elevation Drawing
1:20
Pen and Watercolour
(380mm x 510mm)

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Cabinet
Royal Dick Bar
Elevation Survey Drawing
Pen

Cabinet
Royal Dick Bar
Elevation Survey Drawing
Pen
(510 x 760mm)

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Cabinet
Pickering’s Gin Distillery
Elevation Survey Drawing
Pen

Cabinet
Pickering’s Gin Distillery
Elevation Drawing
1:20
Pen and Watercolour
(510 x 760mm)

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Cupboard
Upper Gallery South
First Floor
Elevation Survey Drawing
Pen

Cupboard
Upper Gallery South
First Floor
Elevation Drawing
1:20
Pen and Watercolour
(760 x 510mm)

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Laboratory Desk
Dissection Room Labatory
Elevation Survey Drawing
Pen

Laboratory Desk
Dissection Room Labatory
Elevation Drawing
1:20
Pen and Watercolour
(760mm x 510mm)

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Horse Lift Door
Dissection Room
Elevation Survey Drawing
Pen

Horse Lift Door
Dissection Room
Elevation Drawing
1:20
Pen and Watercolour
(760 x 510mm)

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Doorway and Stair
Dissection Room Landing
Section Survey Drawing
Pen

Doorway and Stair
Dissection Room Landing
Section Drawing
1:20
Pen and Watercolour
(760mm x 510mm)

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Entrance and Balcony
Dissection Room
Section Survey Drawing
Pen

Entrance and Balcony
Dissection Room
Section Drawing
1:20
Pen and Watercolour
(760mm x 510mm)

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Spiral Staircase
Dissection Room
Section Survey Drawing
Pen

Spiral Staircase
Dissection Room
Section Drawing
1:20
Pen and Watercolour
(760mm x 510mm)

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Royal Dick Bar
Section Survey Drawing
Pen

Royal Dick Bar
Section Drawing
1:20
Pen and Watercolour
(760mm x 510mm)

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Barney’s Beer Brewery
SectionSurvey Drawing
Pen

Barney’s Beer Brewery
Section Drawing
1:20
Pen and Watercolour
(760mm x 510mm)

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Pickering’s Gin Distillery
Section Survey Drawing
Pen

Pickering’s Gin Distillery
Section Drawing
1:20
Pen and Watercolour
(70mm x 510mm)

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Demonstration Room I
Section Survey Drawing
1:20
Pen

Demonstration Room I
Section Drawing
1:20
Pen and Watercolour
(760mm x 510mm)

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Demonstration Room II
Section Survey Drawing
Pen

Demonstration Room II
Section Drawing
1:20
Pen and Watercolour
(760mm x 510mm)

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