ProtoPublics Sprint Workshop, Lancaster, 16-17 April 2015.

Prototyping social design research

ProtoPublics Sprint Workshop, Lancaster, 16-17 April 2015. ‘Agile’, ‘creative’ and ‘participatory’ are not words usually associated with (what is sometimes perceived to be) the slow and exclusive world of academic research. But on 16-17 April, a group of 45 researchers from the arts and humanities got together in Lancaster to explore, test and push these boundaries at […]

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The Tower of Babel – Work in progress

The Tower of Babel – Work in progress We are in full production now up in Stoke-on-Trent, here are some pictures of the pieces being cast. Each mould will only be used about 20 times to keep the quality of each piece to its maximum.  The moulds are made from Plaster, as in plaster of […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.58

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.58 Not travelling far from yesterday’s shop, actually virtually right next door.  Soho and the sex industry. Neon signs not for art today but for their original night time allure. We are seeing the sterilisation of many parts of London toward a gentrified boring landscape of branded […]

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What is it like to use Cleveland Museum of Art’s Gallery One?

In February 2015, I participated in an ideas workshop organised by the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA). This explored how their famous Gallery One experience had resonated with audiences since it was launched two years earlier, and how the service might be developed in the future A major requirement of this was that workshop participants actually used the in-gallery interactives – […]

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Reflection on the Exceptional Contribution to the World of Art and Design Made by Moira Gemmill

As we reflect on the exceptional contribution made by Moira Gemmill, the V&A’s former Design Director who died recently, to the V&A and the world of art and design more broadly, we wanted to share the speech made by V&A Chairman Sir Paul Ruddock at her leaving event in January 2015. “It is always hard […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.57

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.57 Soho and Walthamstow, this is a new art gallery on Brewer Street and when I shot the shop there was an exhibition of recently deceased Chris Bracey – a legendary neon sign maker who’s workshop was in Walthamstow, East London. Chris Bracey’s neon artworks started as signs for […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.56

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.56 Sunday – continuing the Sunday theme; this was the very first shop that I photographed, closed now long gone and I didn’t even record where it was.  However it has resurfaced and a new God First opened recently on Balls Pond Road in Hackney.  Also […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the day No.55

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the day No.55 Is this the cheapest Pound shop in London? High Road Leyton, E11. Predictions of when we’ll see a 94p shop? Especially like the mix of fonts on this one too. ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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Object Lives scholars in the Clothworkers' Centre study room © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Objects Alive

This morning the Clothworkers’ Centre enjoyed a visit from a group of Canadian academics, part of a research group called Object Lives, funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Their aim, through the close study of objects, is to ‘assess the flow of goods into and from Northern North America’. Today’s session drew […]

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V&A Print Season: Angie Lewin’s Honesty Blue

Q: Your limited edition screenprint Honesty Blue created exclusively for the V&A is incredibly detailed. Could you walk us through your process in creating a still life like this? Angie Lewin: When I’m out walking and on sketching trips I collect seedheads, feathers, lichened branches, shells, pebbles and cones amongst other natural objects.These act as […]

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