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A medieval and Renaissance Christmas….

By Stuart Frost Christmas is almost upon us. Everyone working on the project is looking forward to having a well earned break.  Naturally enough Christmas has been a popular subject for discussion in the press this week.  Midnight Mass, for example, is being held earlier in many churches this year to avoid disruption by members […]

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Giants of the Renaissance

By Stuart Frost The V&A is the National Musuem of Art & Design but it is also far more than that. We know that our visitors use the Museum’s collections in many diverse ways. A few weeks ago a photograph in the supplement of a Sunday newspaper caught my eye. I recognised the location as the National Art Library […]

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Why Stones

The idea for the World Beach Project arrived in my head fully formed and in an instant. It popped up by way of responding to the response to my work using small stones, which in its turn, is a response to the land ‐ specifically, rock. Whether a line of quartz splitting a rock face or a huge folded mountain range, the structure of rock talks of the structure of our planet.

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The Temporary Refuge

The temporary refuge as a metaphor for the fragility of the human condition. I seem to keep returning to this idea in my work – during the 1990s I explored cocoon and hive forms and, more recently, the 18th century Japanese paper folding teahouses that I have mentioned in previous entries. So an appropriate starting point for the second phase of my residency period seems to be Herbert George Ponting’s photograph “Cavern in an Iceberg” (Museum no. E.1320-2000).

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Old Friends & New Places

By Stuart Frost The amount of progress that has been made in preparing the gallery spaces for installation of the new displays is incredible. I had a glimpse behind the Gallery 50 hoardings recently and was staggered to see how the space has been transformed. All of the objects that were once there have either […]

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New Works into the Collection

Another outcome of the residency so far is that three works from my installation in Gallery 102 earlier this year are now held by the Word and Image Department.

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Beowulf

By Stuart Frost I saw a production of Faustus in Richmond two weeks ago. The play was loosely based on the text of the Tudor playwright Christopher Marlowe. However contemporary British artists Jake and Dinos Chapman were as central to the story as Dr Faustus himself. I’ve been enjoying watching the Tudors on BBC2 on […]

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Pausing for Thought – and the Residency Extended until December, 2008

A pause, not a full stop – the residency period was due to end after my last posting. However following a number of discussions and meetings, I received an invitation from the Word and Image Department and the Paper Conservation Studio to continue working on the residency until the end of 2008.A wonderful opportunity and second phase of the journey! There are certain ideas that I now want to focus on – and the last few weeks have been spent trying to “unravel” some of these.

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Spook

Sometimes the creativity is in the discovery, the isolating. Tiny rocky cove. Clamber or swim to. Bit secret.
Hours, days months before… who knows… the head had been found.
Most likely lying at a strange angle amongst the jumble of boulders.
Carefully placed to catch the light.
Perched, watching. Waiting to be noticed by another.
In a different time frame. Stumbling upon it, unsuspecting.
United by the experience – but to whom?
I take no credit. www. vam.ac.uk/worldbeach. Do it.

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In Touch with Our Past

Stuart Frost Over the last week or so I’ve been focussed on writing draft labels for a series of touch objects for the new Medieval and Renaissance displays.  If you’d like to read one or two examples click on the images reproduced here to see the text. We’ve tried to ensure that in each of the […]

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