Ruthin Craft Centre
The Centre for the Applied Arts


Gallery 3

Antonia Dewhurst

gimme shelter 14 January – 16 April 2023

gimme shelter is a series of micro structures which re-imagine the idea of the Welsh Tŷ Unnos (One Night House) for the present day. The original tradition stated that if a house could be built on common land between the hours of sunset and sunrise and have smoke emerging from its chimney at dawn, then the house could be kept along with the land enclosed by a hammer throw from the four quarters.
Built from digital photographs and found materials, the models explore the idea of architecture as a metaphor for life in the 21st Century.

Antonia Dewhurst is a multi-media visual artist living and working in North Wales. She is interested in our complex relationship with what we call home. She graduated BA Fine Art from Coleg Menai in 2011. Over the night of 19/20 July 2012 she built a Tŷ Unnos for real in the park in Newtown, Powys for Oriel Davies.