The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 92


The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 92 This one has got to be in my top 10 for jaw drop value alone. When I photographed this shop on Bethnal Green Road, I thought it was a cat specific pet shop or a cat grooming parlour (?!). It is however a cat café! […]

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The Tower of Babel – Work in Progress

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The Tower of Babel – Work in Progress Wow, so excited the first production pieces came today from 1882Ltd in Stoke on Trent and they are looking absolutely amazing.  Delighted with the quality! Here’s a taster….

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Installing ‘Glastonbury: Land and Legend’ – Day 3

Technicians in the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery installing the infographic map

The third day of install saw the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery completely transformed! The distinctive blue chairs, the iconic image of PQ2015, greeted us from the gallery entrance. They have been suspended from a bridge which links the gallery to the medieval Bethlehem chapel on the opposite side of the courtyard. The graphics for the installation, […]

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Painting like Constable


Having prepared some Constable style paper boards with Sophie Connor a little while back (read about it here), I faced the daunting prospect of trying to paint like Constable. To try to make this a bit easier I based my sketch on a painting by Constable that I had recently examined, Buildings on Rising Ground near […]

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Installing shoes

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The installation of Shoes: Pleasure and Pain started last week – and it is so exciting! To finally see the finished build and new design of the space in Gallery 40, is just amazing after months of planning and discussing. The space looks very different from previous exhibitions, intimate and quite dark on the ground […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 91

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 91 As we move towards the midway point of the 200 Shop of the Day countdown!!! (crickey that puts the wind up me) I thought I would give you my personal favourite 10 shops, in no particular order…today we find ourselves at 61 Brick Lane, Whitechapel […]

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Beneath the Surface of Europe 1600-1800 at Photo London


Visitor Figures, out-takes from the V&A Annual Report, 2013/14; Photograph by Nigel Shafran from the series 'Visitor Figures, out-takes from the V&A Annual Report, 2013/14'
Nigel Shafran (1964-)
Victoria and Albert Museum

Taking advantage of the Bank Holiday, the other day I went to take a leisurely look around Photo London, the international photography fair taking place at Somerset House. Whilst wandering among wondrous examples of photography, stretching back to the earliest days of its development (pardon the pun) and experimentation, I found myself suddenly confronted by Europe 1600-1800. […]

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Just over a month into my residency, and settling in well. Alongside working with the Exhibition Road site and team, I’ve also been exploring the V&A, including Blyth House where they item not on display from the V&A’s collection for either conservation and/or storage. Two videos are a result of these explorations. Firstly is a […]

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Installing ‘Glastonbury: Land and Legend’ – Day 2

The Jaroslav Fragner Gallery is a hive of activity!

Day 2 passed in an exciting flurry of activity! On the technical side, Oli and Adam installed the projectors and the speakers in preparation for filling the gallery with sound and visuals tomorrow. The consumer unit, with all the switches marked in technical Czech, proved tricky to navigate at first, but the unswervingly helpful gallery […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.90


Time for the chop! Unlikely I’ll be able to go to this place though. Truefitt & Hill is the oldest barbershop in the world, as certified by Guinness Book of World Records in April 2000. Truefitt was established in 1805 by William Francis Truefitt, who styled himself as hairdresser to the British Royal Court and the firm received their first Royal […]

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