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End of the Big Dig!

New basement spaces supporting the Exhibition Gallery above

We are pleased to announce that bulk excavation on the Exhibition Road Building site is now finished, after nearly 4 months of non-stop digging! While there are some areas still requiring minor excavation work, over 22,000 cubic metres of soil has been removed from site. The spaces for the new exhibitions gallery, feature staircase and back […]

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Field Day

This weekend as part of my residency I was at Field Day festival in Victoria park. There we set up an offsite space in conjunction with All of This Belongs to You, where I talked to people about my residency at the V&A and ran a quick workshop on how to use video as a […]

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Engineering Exhibition Road

The site as it was in January 2012, and the Sgraffito

Turning the Exhibition Road Building Project designs into reality is an enormous and constant challenge for the design team – in particular the engineers and contractors. Working closely with architects AL_A, a team of Arup structural, building services, and geotechnical engineers, and other specialist consultants has collectively spent more than 25000 hours (so far) on the design of […]

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Just over a month into my residency, and settling in well. Alongside working with the Exhibition Road site and team, I’ve also been exploring the V&A, including Blythe House where they item not on display from the V&A’s collection for either conservation and/or storage. Two videos are a result of these explorations. Firstly is a […]

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Toshiba Gallery – From Renovation to Innovation

Japanese print by Shigenobu (Hiroshige II) depicting Nakano Street in the Yoshiwara district of Edo (Tokyo) during cherry blossom season.

The Japanese concept of ‘mono no aware’ is central to Japanese aesthetics. It is usually translated as ‘the pathos of things’ and is used to describe the beauty of the ephemeral. The cherry blossom, which blooms for only a few weeks, is highly valued in Japan because of its transience. It is fitting that as […]

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Another Window

I haven’t made it onto the Exhibition Road site yet, but on my wanders around the vastness of the museum I have found some vantage points. The window in the video below, which I’m told is where Liam O’Connor drew much of his work from, is on a staircase overlooking the site, beyond public access. […]

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My New Studio

My new studio at the V&A is beautiful, and I’ll be spending a lot of time here. The first thing I noticed was the light, from the huge arched windows. Windows, as both a light source and a frame to another space, have been a theme in many of my works, so when I saw the huge […]

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A Day in the Life on the Exhibition Road Project: Luke Cripps

Luke 2

Toureen Group are a construction company specialising in demolition and excavation, and we have been solving complex construction problems for over twenty years. We were responsible for removing the 1970s buildings in the V&A’s ‘Boilerhouse Yard’, and we are now undertaking the big ‘dig’ to create the new subterranean exhibition gallery for the Museum. We […]

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A Tiny Piece of Cinema

171 St Paul's

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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From quiet garden to world class gallery: a brief history of the Exhibition Road site

Exhibition Road Gardens

The year is 1899 – The rise of Albertopolis is in full, dramatic swing, and South Kensington is quickly becoming a stronghold for the decorative arts, science and culture in Victorian England. The Natural History Museum sits proudly over Cromwell road, South Kensington tube station is bustling with travellers, and the majestic Brompton Oratory presides […]

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