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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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Completed image that will grace the building site hoarding. © Claire Rye.

Community art in the material world

Definitely settled in as Community Artist: collaborating with local art projects, connecting with the V&A collections and mapping out my own artistic concerns. First off, spray painting at the Henry Dickens Court Community Centre. Local children working with TMO, Steph Perkins and lead artist, Claire Rye, have produced a great picture that will be attached to […]

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Drawing with a Piledriver

At Liam‘s most recent gallery demonstration he revealed a huge photogram he had made on a visit to the Exhibtion Road building site. Liam took the photosensitive paper and held it up against a piledriving case that was lying on its side, creating the image you can see below. In Liam’s last blog post you […]

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Architectural Drawing with RSH+P

Exciting summer of drawing

  Hello, It’s all about drawing and telling stories with pencil and paper this summer at the V&A. We’ve got activities for children and families every day of the week from Monday 4th - Friday 29th August and we’d love it if you came and joined us. During the week from Monday – Friday, we’ll be in the garden (weather […]

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My first week as Community Artist in Residence

I’ve finally signed my tenancy contract with RBKC and have kicked the studio flat into shape. Several licks of paint and Constantine’s your uncle, the V&A Museum Community Artist. I am uniquely based at a former council flat that is part of a housing redevelopment. All the flats on this side of Shalfleet Drive will […]

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© Liam O'Connor.

Drawing Demolition

Over the first three months of my residency I have been watching the demolition of the old building occupying the construction site. In the act of demolition, countless new forms have been created from constantly breaking the old building into smaller and smaller pieces. The site has gone from being an object big enough for […]

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Liam talks to the Intoart group about his work related to the Exhibiton Road construction site. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Intoart meets with Liam O’Connor

Last week our Exhibtion Road Drawing Resident, Liam O’Connor, met with a group from Intoart who are currently spending time at the V&A to get inspiration from the collections for their own drawing projects. Some of the group are interested specifically in architecture so it was a great oppurtunity to share ideas and look at […]

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Liam asks “What is your ideal museum design?” & take away your own piece of the V&A

Have you ever thought about what the best design for a museum would be? On Saturday our Exhibition Road Drawing Resident Liam O’Connor asked the children who visited his gallery demonstration how they would design their ideal museum. While the kids got creative Liam chatted with the adults about his work that is being inspired […]

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Drawing Shakespeare at the V&A

Shakespeare continues to be an inspiration for people from all walks of life, all around the world. This was reflected in the diverse programme of the V&A’s Shakespeare Festival, as well as in the creative responses to the Festival events themselves. Siân Schiaparelli, artist and illustrator, captured the Festival in a number of beautiful sketches […]

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Liam’s first gallery demonstration

Last week we showed you what our Exhibition Road Drawing Resident, Liam O’Connor, has been doing in his studio. This week Liam brought his work out into the gallery so visitors to the Museum could see it for themselves. The reason we have Liam doing these gallery demonstrations is because it is no longer easy […]

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