Byker Wall resident Colin Dilks has really got into the spirit of Architecture Week by putting on an extra special photography exhibition. He has transformed the Rabygate Duplex apartment next door to his own home into a visual treasure chest of images celebrating social housing across Europe that people can ring up and book a chance to see. They will also be confronted with some of the most stunning views of NewcastleGateshead from the apartment's balcony.
Dilks (42) of Byker in Newcastle upon Tyne works as an Administrator in the International and Business Development Office for the School of Health, Community and Education Studies at Northumbria University. Dilks has been a resident of Byker Wall for over 8 years and is also one of the Directors of Ouseburn Farm.
The exhibition is entitled Byker Redevelopment and other Icons of the 20th Century and uses Ralph Erskine's cutting edge Byker Wall as the nucleus of the piece. Colin wants to highlight that Erskine's vision of neighbourhood community housing is still recognised as one of the most influential models of its kind throughout the world - nearly 40 years after construction. The exhibition also looks at the links between North East England and Nordic culture with their similar styles of housing. Colin displays images from estates that he's photographed in other parts of the world including: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, France, Berlin and India.
"The idea behind this exhibition is to raise the profile of Byker Wall and to tell people that it's a great place to live. For too many years Byker has had a bad reputation and I'd like to shine a positive light on to the region as it should be something the city is proud of rather than keeping it hidden away," said Colin Dilks.