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Adolphe Bilordeaux: Photographs as Drawing Lessons

Albumen print of the cast of a hand by Adolphe Bilordeaux

            You may have noticed from my last post that we are currently working through our collection of photographs of sculpture. This set has been my favourite so far – it is a series of photographs of plaster casts of sculpture. The original sculptures the casts were made from date from the Classical era, […]

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Mindful of Time

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Inspired by the themes of the forthcoming Gilbert Collection Study Day Sensing Time, illustrator and V&A member of staff Eileen Budd created a series of line drawings of clocks and watches that will be discussed by curators during the event. Her drawings are an equally careful study of the masterpieces in the V&A’s collections, and an invitation to you to join in their exploration, […]

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Building Cars at the V&A!


This post was written by Joanna Weddell, Researcher at the University of Brighton. She is currently completing an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award entitled Disseminating Design, which examines the regional impact of the Circulation Department in the post-war period 1947-77. If you were inspired by the BBC2 Building Cars Live programme celebrating British design, engineering and manufacturing, […]

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Building the DeepZoom: Concept to Creation

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The V&A has a wealth of creative talent within its walls, one of these areas is within the artists in residency program. Last month we said goodbye to Liam O’Connor, who spent the last year as our drawing artist in resident, specifically working on the Exhibition Road Building Project. Towards the end of Liam’s residency […]

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Surprising Sketches by Alfred Edward Chalon

Alfred Edward Chalon, Santini en Ville, ca. 1830. Museum number E.974-1924. © Victoria & Albert Museum.

After moving to England with his family in the late 18th century, the Swiss painter Alfred Edward Chalon quickly made a name for himself as a portraitist. He enrolled in the Royal Academy in 1797, primarily specialising in watercolour portrait miniatures, like this one.                       […]

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Cast a clout and get your umbrella out

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It’s spring time! The sun is out, ‘clouts’ are being cast left right and centre*, and everyone is looking a little bit happier. What better time then, to talk about umbrellas? After all, the aforementioned sun is still fighting those fluffy limelight-stealing clouds for our attentions and the ‘threat’ of rain is a spring time […]

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A Tiny Piece of Cinema

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I have been experimenting with using magnifying glasses to project moving images of views onto surfaces, like walls and sheets of paper. These projections are similar in nature to the camera obscura, I like these simple forms of photography, these methods transform the ordinary into compelling cinematic events. With the camera obsura its fascinating to […]

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V&A Concrete Christmas Bowling Tournament

V&A Concrete Christmas Bowling Tournament

Over the past couple of months I have been devising a bowling game to be played on the Exhibition Road building site. This game took place last Friday on December 19th, and was contested between two teams. One team made from V&A staff the other from the builders working on site, the hoardings around the […]

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Guest Post: Artist Natasha Lien on how the V&A Cast Courts inspire her work

Pencil drawing of Trajan in the Cast Court

I have always loved the V&A. It’s a vibrant, busy place which counteracts the stereotype of museums as stuffy, quiet and empty. I wanted to portray contemporary life by creating a narrative with the space itself and the diverse mixture of people that use it. The courts themselves are incredibly impressive to walk into and […]

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Vinyl Replay at Open Studio event

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

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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