Phase IV: Intersections – Art / Architecture is an exhibition and symposium bringing together projects, stemming from higher education institutions in England and France, that explore interfaces between art and architecture. It is the fourth and last of a series of exhibitions led by Benet Spencer and Dr David Ryan from Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University. The earlier phases saw collaborations, in 2018, with Institut Supérieur des Arts Toulouse for Phase II – Imagining Architecture; and, in 2019, with École Supérieure d’Art et de Design Marseille-Méditerranée for Phase III – le Modulor.
The first exhibition, Phase I , held in 2016 at the Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, was developed with Réseau Peinture, a project that fosters collaboration between European schools of art and design, initiated by artist Olivier Gourviln from École Supérieure d’Art et Design Grenoble, Valence. In the spirit of Réseau Peinture, the project has grown to include parallel areas of research activity. Part of the development of the Phase III exhibition included ARC Modulor, a research project between staff and students at the École Supérieure d’Art in Marseille.
The Phase IV exhibition combines a wide range of artists, including architects and artists from the Stephen Lawrence Gallery series of Art/Architecture exhibitions (2014-19). Also featured will be contributors to Outside Architecture, an artist-led collaborative group founded by Tim Renshaw, Bernice Donszelmann and Mary Maclean. Phase IV: Intersections – Art / Architecture marks an opportunity to gather these strands of activity, to take stock and evaluate what has become a growing discourse.