Achill

Linda Brownlee

AA Bar 20/11/2010 - 15/12/2010 Monday-Friday 10.00-7.00, Saturday 10.00-5.00

Private view: Friday 19 November

Achill is Ireland's windy, westernmost island and a naturally secluded place. Its sloping peaks rise above undulating fields of scrub trees and thick underbrush, brown bogs and mottled knolls, giving way to rock-strewn valleys, sheltered coves and the sea. The sky, receding into distant atmosphere or encroaching heavily over the land, might at any moment spoil the calm.

 
Linda Brownlee often spends August in Achill amongst family and friends. Captivated by the texture of its raw and unpredictable landscape, she returned alone during the off-season, when only a small number of everyday inhabitants remain. The series presented here is the result of photographic explorations she undertook with a group of local teenagers.

 
Photographed in their favourite spots, near their homes or sites chosen by Brownlee, these adolescent figures - resting or only hesitating within the camera's frame - draw the eye into and across the island's contours, revealing the shape of the land through the intimacy of their relationship to it. A tranquillity pervades Brownlee's photographs that, despite rain or wind, stems from a sense of belonging. Her careful images capture the moody portrait of a place.


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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

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 Diploma), 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.

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