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What’s going on in Exhibition Road?

Have you walked down Exhibition Road recently and wondered exactly what is going on at the V&A? Why is there a forest of machines towering above the old buildings? The answer is that the V&A is undertaking the biggest building project at the site for over 100 years – and it will completely transform how […]

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© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Design the World – big ambitions for Sunday afternoons

Working every day in a storehouse of treasures never tires and neither does thinking of ways to use them in our workshops. Design the World is a project with an ambitious title but it also hints at the potential of the Museum’s collections and connects objects inside the building with the world outside the building. […]

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Malcolm Baker in the White  Drawing Room at Waddesdon Manor. Photograph by Katherine Elliott, 2014

Talking Heads

An Object Lesson with Malcolm Baker   As we walked from the beautiful red ante chamber to the white drawing room, the sun came through the clouds and gently lit the eight striking faces of Alexander Pope.     It was in this rather magical setting that Curator, Professor, Art Historian and V&A Honorary Senior […]

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Salon panel from left to right: Rachel Aldred, Carlton Reid, Kat Jungnickel (Chair), Justin Spinney and Jenni Gwiazdowski.

How is the Urban Mobile Cyclist Designed?

Reflections on Design Culture Salon 10: How is the Urban Mobile Cyclist designed?  The question of whether or not you choose to cycle to work is more than a practical decision: it can reveal a lot about our gender, social background and personality. It also forces us to behave in particular ways. Friction between cyclists, […]

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London Design Festival at the V&A

Halfway through the Festival week, I finally have time to sit down at my computer to write this post. The London Design Festival is the main focus of my job – I work on everything from the installations and displays to the huge events programme, press, parties, and everything in between. The London Design Festival […]

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Inflatable General Assembly DIY Manual - Back Page. Created by Common Practice.

‘Designing for the Common Goals of People': An Interview with Common Practice

Like many of the people occupying Zuccotti Park in 2011, the collective Common Practice contributed to their protest camp by drawing on the skills and training they knew best – architecture & design. The result was the 123Occupy project, whose model of an Inflatable General Assembly can be seen in ‘Disobedient Objects’. In this post […]

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Dr Kate Aspinall delivering a paper entitled 'the Pasmore Report? Reflections on the Coldstream Report and its Legacy' at Art School Educated conference in Tate Britain, 11-12 September.

Art School Educated: Reflections on a Conference

On 11-12 September I attended the Art School Educated conference at Tate Britain which represented the culmination of a five year AHRC funded research project investigating the impact of the art education on artistic production from the 1960s to the present day and its relationship to the wider themes of education, culture and society. The […]

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Open Age group in the House with 40 rooms. © Constantine Gras

Horizons West

It might not be the final frontier. But this blog entry begins and ends with space. The big bang of the widescreen, large format and panoramic. A location for an artist to perform and connect with people. The contested politics of space, building homes and forging communities. First stop. Let me beam you to my […]

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Panamericana (flag 1) version II, 2011 by Alexandre da Cunha, courtesy of the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery

Brazil Contemporary Event at the V&A – Part 3 Carlos Teixeira

Part 3 – Urbanism and Urban Theatre: Carlos Teixeira, Founder of Studio Vazio, author ‘History of the Void in Belo Horizionte’ (1999)     With the generous support of the Embassy of Brazil in London, the Victoria and Albert Museum  brings together practitioners, writers, academics and curators working in Brazil and the UK in the fields […]

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Stone hugging in oil pastels. © Constantine Gras

Artistic habitations

Beyond the garden fence of the studio, the building work of More West progresses. Insulation material is being installed. Inside, I’m holding court on my first open day. It was great to see old and especially new faces. Allan Tyrrell was born in the area. Eman Yosry is a more recent resident. They met for […]

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