Reading Landscape: Contemporary Landscape Photography

Sue Barr, Hélène Binet, Bleda y Rosa, Stephen Gill, Uta Kögelsberger, Anna Leader, Edgar dos Santos, Corinne Silva, Eva Stenram

AA Gallery 15/10/2010 - 10/11/2010 Monday to Friday 10.00-7.00, Saturday 12.00-5.00

Reading Landscape presents a selection of contemporary photographers who work in the realm of the uninhabited. The photographers on show read rather than record landscape and their authorial presence is often felt in the images - a set of photographic lights, a flare thrown into the night sky, dust gathered in the studio. Some of the photographs articulate the unease we feel when confronted with rural landscape, denying us the comfort we find in the density of the built environment.

Other photographs show landscapes that we may take for granted, whose history belies a less sanguine past. Originating in the early seventeenth century, the word landscape was initially a painters' term describing natural scenery; only 300 years later did it come to refer to the land itself. Reading Landscape explores this gap between the real and the revealed: the space between, where our dreams and fears reside.


Sue Barr
Héléne Binet
Bleda y Rosa
Stephen Gill
Uta Kägelsberger
Anna Leader
Edgar dos Santos
Corinne Silva
Eva Stenram


Press images are available from Vanessa Norwood: or 020 7887 4031

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Certificate), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.