Terra Novus


Frustrated with the lack of conversation around digital works, Fraser Morrison instigated the ‘We Aren’t a Gallery’ project, evolved from a belief that, if Instagram is the visual language for architectural ideas and trends, there should be a way of using it to spark deeper engagement with bigger issues. He took his own living room and paired it with Instagram to create an exhibition in a physical space where anyone could see work submitted to an open call focused around the tagline ‘We Aren’t Sustainable’.

The brief asked contributors to respond through any medium in any way they saw fit. Within two weeks, Fraser had more than 50 submissions from as far afield as Brazil and Australia. The projects spoke of social infrastructures for minority ethnic groups, of new systems of living, of futures in which we find a way out of climate crisis, of hope. Read more about Fraser’s curatorial process and the reason he instigated the idea in his essay here.

Chris Millar, Belfast

A proposed ‘new ground’ for the city of Belfast, leading up to and throughout the floods that threaten to engulf the coastline and city in the centuries ahead. The structure is made from Biorock, a material three times stronger than concrete, formed through mineral accretion on metal in seawater. It will provide a means of protection from nature’s will and humanity’s folly, not by the usual means of ‘mitigation and hope’, but by a proactive shaping of a new ground above Belfast.

Terra Novus