Part of a series of panoramic photos taken by a resident from the 20th floor of Frinstead House. © Nahid.

Vinyl Replay at Open Studio event

Art was made social on the 11th and 12th October as part of Kensington and Hammersmith Open Studios. Many thanks to the 48 visitors who each spent a good hour or so absorbing the displays, watching the film programme, selecting and playing vinyl and then leaving a mark on the large scale drawing. The curated film programme […]

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Oil painting of Flatford Mill from a Lock on the Stour

Constable’s Country: Inspired by Suffolk Settings

Much of John Constable’s current reputation as a painter rightly rests on his development of the ‘plein-air’ oil sketch and his naturalistic style of painting. Also powerfully engaging for a contemporary audience is his autobiographical choice of subjects. In this piece, Winsor & Newton Resident Artist Mathew Gibson explores Constable’s complex personal motivations for painting […]

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Tales from the Crypt

Beautiful, historic library interiors also mean historic library stores, and occasionally book storage areas will need some additional care and attention to ensure they continue to provide suitable storage for the future.  Unfortunately, of course, this can limit book availability for a period.  Some essential repair work is soon to take place in the National Art Library Crypt […]

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V&A/RCA History of Design students and staff at Ironbridge, photographer: Katrina Royall.

History of Design: The New Term Has Started!

by Christine Guth and Simona Valeriani   The new term has started! The first year cohort of 24 students on the V&A/RCA History of Design MA programme has arrived. These students from 8 countries have joined the second year and MPhil, PHD students already enrolled on the course. After introductions to the spaces, the people […]

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I’m Sure I’ve Seen that Library Before…

Those of you who have used the National Art Library’s reading rooms, or who may even be sitting in them as you read this, will not have failed to notice how beautiful they are.  Built between 1876 and 1884, the reading rooms were one of the show cases of the South Kensington Museum (now V&A), […]

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Device testing at Fool Proof Open Device Lab

Designing a new Wi-Fi splash screen

Earlier in the year Andrew Lewis wrote a post going through some of the research he had done looking into the user experience of connecting to public Wi-Fi. He pulled out many examples from other museums and beyond to see what worked well and what needed to be improved upon. This was not just an […]

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Save the Wolsey Angels – Director’s Circle exclusive object handling session

Focus On… The Wolsey Angels and Early 16th – Century Sculpture Director’s Circle members were given an exclusive object handling session exploring the art-historical context of the Wolsey Angels. Members joined Director, Martin Roth, and the Keeper of Sculpture, Metalwork, ceramics and Glass, Paul Williamson at this unique behind-the-scenes event to understand the Angels in […]

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Out On Display #8: a subversive love-letter

            Evening dress  Charles James France (Paris), printed silk, 1938 T.274-1974 On display in room 40     At first glance, the playful print on this vivid evening gown is merely a collection of disembodied faces, tumbling over the fabric in the Surrealist style so popular in 1930s couture. In […]

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Made in Staffordshire, about 1810-1820
	Mark: imitation of a Chinese emblem, printed in blue
Lead-glazed earthenware
55-1870

‘Here be Dragons’

This is one of the most striking pieces of ceramics that will be in the forthcoming V&A display Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics   The dragon on this earthenware soup plate appears to be swirling in the air ferociously grasping a flaming shell-like object in its claws. It is highly unlikely the decorator of this object […]

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Longest Party Table in the World, PriestmanGoode

Building a Dream House

As a finale to the Small Stories exhibition, we wanted to create something new. Something that would bring the story of dolls’ houses bang up to date, and reflect on some of the themes we’ve been thinking about when we planned the show. One key idea which came out again and again when Sarah and […]

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