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!

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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

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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

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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. http://leafcutterjohn.com The aims of workshop were to explore and experiment with simplicity to create […]

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Colour Photography

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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

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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

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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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