Melanie Lenz

Title: Patric Prince Curator of Digital Art
Department: Word and Image

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Movement Alphabet: Mapping the intricacies of the moving body

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On Saturday 16th July Jan Lee and Tim Murray-Browne were invited to take part in our monthly Digital Design Drop-In programme. We were delighted that they were able to share with the public their new work combining interactive technology with personal one-on-one participatory work. What is Movement Alphabet? by Jan Lee and Tim Murray-Browne                                    Movement Alphabet […]

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On the Move!


Plans are afoot to move the V&A’s Members’ Room and Carmody Groarke, an award-winning architecture studio based in London, have been selected to design the new £1.3 million flexible and atmospheric space. The competition attracted interest from architects across the world before 5 teams were shortlisted and the winner was announced. The new Members’ Room […]

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Inspired by…

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Monday night saw the opening of Inspired by…, an exhibition showcasing new artwork made by adult learners from across the UK, inspired by the V&A’s collection. The quality of the work submitted was impressive and I was honoured to be invited to select the winner for ‘Digital Media’, a category introduced to the competition for […]

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Personal Archives – a creative photography project


Guest blog post by Susan Andrews and Ania Dabrowska What is an archive? How might you create a body of work in response to an archive? What’s the difference between an archive and a personal collection? In what way does developing your own body of work constitute the development of an archive? These were a […]

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Playing with Light


Last Saturday the lecture theatre was awash with sound and light as the V&A played host to a special performance by participants on the practical workshop Playing with Light. The course was led by UK based musician and artist Leafcutter John. The aims of workshop were to explore and experiment with simplicity to create […]

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Colour Photography


Guest blogger Nigel Wilson This three day course focused on the power of colour in photography. Each day the students were set a practical assignment which required them to re-assess their approach to colour in their work. By definition, we also explored where black & white was an appropriate choice. Project 1 saw the students […]

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Contemporary Portraiture


By guest blogger Kate Elliott A couple of weeks ago photographer and artist Kate Elliott led a one-day photography course, exploring a broad range of approaches to contemporary portraiture. To tie in with the current V&A display Facing History: Contemporary Portraiture, the group discussed how contemporary practitioners have adapted and drawn inspiration from historical or […]

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Illustrative Collage

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By guest blogger Áine Cassidy The Illustrative Collage workshop took place at the V&A on 6th June 2015. The course was led by illustrator and graphic designer Áine Cassidy. Over the course of the day a group of eight students took inspiration from the V&A’s collection to create their own collage artwork. Below are some […]

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Digital Textile Design


By guest blogger Jacqueline Colley Create! Digital Textile Design took place at the V&A on 2nd May 2015. Designed and led by textile designer Jacqueline Colley, a group of eight students from the young people’s programme worked as print designers for the day creating repeat patterns for fashion and visualising their designs in garment sketches. […]

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Digital Kids at the Shakespeare Festival

“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players.”  (As You Like It, Act II Scene VII) Over the Easter holidays this apt quote became a reality but it was the kids in the museum who became the performers, playwrights, set designers and directors! As part of the Digital Kids activities […]

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