Killyclogher architect to showcase designs in Italy

A KILLYCLOGHER-born architect says he has ‘reached the high point in his career’ as he gears up to represent Scotland in a prestigious international exhibition.
Peter McCaughey – now based in Scotland – will be launching his latest project, ‘The Happenstance’ at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, Italy next month.
As Lead Artist of ‘WAVEparticle’ – the popular art organisation he runs across the waters with his wife Lizzy – Peter has been selected by the Scottish Government to fly the flag for Scotland in Italy.
A total of 63 worldwide contributors to the exhibition have been chosen by their respective countries to showcase their work at the Italian exhibition, with each work based upon the theme of ‘Freespace’.
Peter is a visual artist, but his practice over the last 20 years has oft involved devising and leading projects involving architects, sculptors, fabricators, poets and filmmakers.
Through a mix of this work and continuous community consultation, he has delivered many exciting and award-winning, temporary and permanent, artworks in Scotland and further afield.
The son of Gerry and Maura McCaughey from Killyclogher, Peter has attributed much of his success to the creative teaching he received while at the Omagh CBS.
“When I studied Art and History of Art at the Omagh CBS, I was lucky to have two inspirational teachers, Terry Sweeney (née O’Neil) and the late Paddy Grogan,” Peter said. “The art room was run like a freespace for the imagination. We were treated like grown-ups and encouraged to make work in whatever medium appealed.”
He added, “I’d really like to see more young people encouraged to do something with their natural creativity in the same way I was, both by my teachers and by my loving parents. It’s been a long and interesting journey making my way in the world as an artist, and being selected to represent Scotland at the Biennale Architettura 2018 is undeniably a high point”.
The Happenstance project will be based at Palazzo Zenobio as part of the ‘Biennale Architettura’ exhibition from May 25-June 24.

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