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Being Human Festival at the V&A : The Queer Allure of Art Deco

Being Human Festival at the V&A : The Queer Allure of Art Deco Sat 25 November 2017, 15:00 – 17:00 Prints and Drawings Study Room, V&A Museum Ticketed event, booking essential As part of the Being Human Festival, the V&A’s LGBTQ Working Group invite you to join us for an illustrated one hour talk in the […]

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Uniqueness and Multiplication: The Cast Courts team go to Brussels

Last week four members of the Cast Courts Project team were fortunate enough to be able to attend a two day conference in Brussels entitled ‘Uniqueness and Multiplication: Plaster as an Art Material’. The conference was hosted by The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Brussels), a federal institution committed to the inventory, scientific study, […]

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Guest Post: The Cast of David’s Nose – A Mould Maker’s Impression

David Nose Plaster Cast by FeliceCalchi - plaster casts & sculptures, Rome over an old Cast Catalogue by Domenico Brucciani, London. Image, Andrea Felice 2017.

Andrea Felice, is a third generation Italian mould maker at FeliceCalchi – plaster casts & sculptures in Rome The cast of David’s Nose has, over the centuries, been one of the most used casts in the teaching of academic drawing and in art classes. Along with the other anatomical details of the head, eyes and […]

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Glimpsing History: A Volunteer’s Perspective on Theatre and Performance Collections

Corrie Tan, volunteer in the Department of Theatre and Performance, describes her experience working with Theatre and Performance Collections. I’m on tiptoes atop a yellow ladder I will eventually christen Eric (after Eric Morecambe, but I don’t know that yet), reaching for a grey archive box sandwiched in-between two others, stacked high on a tall […]

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Co-designing for Wellbeing

A collaborative project with the V&A, Bidean and MIND (Kensington & Chelsea) Generously funded by the The Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation Following on from last year’s ingenious designs created by members of the Depression Alliance, on the subject of design and environment, this year we shifted the focus of our co-designed efforts to […]

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Guest Post: Alexander Barker and the South Kensington Museum

Flat Sun-Dial and Compass

Harry Dougall recently graduated with an MA in Curating the Art Museum from the Courtauld Institute of Art. His dissertation Alexander Barker (1797-1873) and the South Kensington Museum: Private Serving Public in the Victorian Art World offers the first attempt to understand and situate the collector Alexander Barker within the context of the mid-Victorian art-world. […]

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Upcoming Digital Textile Designers!

By guest blogger Jacqueline Colley Last Saturday I was super excited to be running a 1 day Create! course with 13-15 year olds at the V&A. We started off by thinking about concepts that they would like to bring to their work and then got down to drawing! The students came up with some great ideas […]

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Guest Post: Echoes of Michelangelo – Personal Observations on Drawing David’s Nose

The first attempt slightly further along. Image, Kurt van der Basch.

Kurt van der Basch is a freelance storyboard artist. His film credits include Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Cloud Atlas, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. I was experiencing a Michelangelo mini-obsession when Victoria & Albert museum conservator Johanna Puisto e-mailed me about her blog project on the cast of David’s nose asking if I’d like […]

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Follow your nose – Brucciani’s plaster casts of the face of Michelangelo’s David as object lessons for art education

Brucciani 1906 Catalogue Detail

Dr. Rebecca Wade is an Assistant Curator of Sculpture at Leeds Museums and Galleries/Henry Moore Institute The plaster reproductions of the fragmented features of Michelangelo’s David may appear strange to our eyes, but as highly portable reproductions of perhaps the most recognised sculpture of the Italian renaissance they occupy an important place in the history […]

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The Pig on the British Stage

Assistant Curator, Janet Birkett, explores V&A Theatre and Performance Collections for examples of pigs in British theatre. Readers of The Stage newspaper will be familiar with Hamlet, the cartoon pig created by Harry Venning. Hamlet is an actor with strong opinions but only a modest talent, and spends more time in the bar than he […]

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