A Shed of One’s Own: An Exploration of Architectural Sheds and Writer’s Bothies

As part of the Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia festival, The Building Centre is examining the space Dylan Thomas and other writers depend on to create their work. A Shed of One's Own is a photographic exploration of unique sheds with architectural significance and literary connections. From award-winning studios in Central London to weathered bothies in Scotland, this exhibition explores the importance of space for creativity and inspiration.

The Bothy Project - Sweeney’s Bothy/Bothan Shuibne. Eigg, Scotland. 2013. Image Courtesy of The Building Centre

Lewis Blackwell, curator of the exhibition said: "Sheds are one of the most primitive and yet varied of building types. While we may associate the form with kit-like structures to be found in gardens, back yards and allotments, often in poor repair, we now increasingly see that sheds can be fantastical creations expressing an owner’s personality and obsession. There is a whole culture of shed books, blogs and awards. ‘The writers’ shed’ sees the type perhaps reach its most elevated existence when it plays a role akin to a temple, a place for devotion and purity of focus, and a means of escape and solitude for the artist."

The exhibition accompanies an exact replica of Dylan Thomas' famous writing shed which is outside The Building Centre until 26 October. The shed is complete with curled pictures on the walls, boiled sweets on the desk and the poet’s jacket still hanging on the back of his chair, visitors can climb inside to learn about his life and his writing.

Influential names from the world of architecture and the arts joined the launch party to celebrate the Welsh writer's life and his significant connection to London. Griff Rhys Jones led the evening celebrations followed by readings and speeches from Evgeny Lebedev, owner of the Independent newspaper group, Owen Teale of Game of Thrones fame and Lewis Blackwell of The Building Centre. Alan Rickman and Ian Hislop made a surprise appearance and music from the London Welsh Rugby Choir filled the building.

The Bothy Project - Inshriach Bothy. Inshriach Estate, near Aviemore, Scotland. 2011. Image Courtesy of The Building Centre

News and text courtesy of The Building Centre.

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