Inspired by ... winners 2009

Inspired by … is the V&A's annual art competition for people on part-time courses, and is supported by NIACE, the National Institute of Continuing Education. Participants create a work of art or craft inspired by the collections of either V&A South Kensington, or the V&A Museum of Childhood.

153 applicants entered the competition this year. They came from diverse backgrounds and from over 30 colleges and institutions nationally, and were encouraged by over 80 tutors in art, crafts and design. Some of them had never been to the Museum before but visited with their art group especially for the Inspired by… competition. Some entered from prison.

The entries were assessed by 12 curators, programme managers and prize donors. 49 artworks in different media made by students below level 4/ degree foundation level were selected to go on display at the V&A and 14 at the V&A Museum of Childhood, from 9 May to 4 July 2009.

James Foram’s family receiving his Access prize at the Inspired by Private View

James Foram’s family receiving his Access prize at the Inspired by Private View



Access Prize

James Foram for Survivor

Survivor was made by James Foram during his Ceramics class at HMP Erlestoke.

Inspired by...

'Legends of mermaids and the sea told in different ways inspired my work. Details like tail and hair particularly interest me.'

Judges' Comments

'We were very impressed by James's imaginative approach to his work and how the inspiration from a picture of the V&A's Burghley Nef, enable James to create a whole underwater world in clay. He has obviously put a lot of time and creative thought into this piece.'
The Burghley Nef, Paris, 1527–8 Museum no. M.60-1959 Room 26

The Burghley Nef, Paris, 1527–8 Museum no. M.60-1959 Room 26

‘Survivor’ made by James Foram during his Ceramics class at HMP Erlestoke

‘Survivor’ made by James Foram during his Ceramics class at HMP Erlestoke

Sharon Glass receiving her Benefit of Learning Prize from Kamy Basra and Emma Cliffe from NIACE

Sharon Glass receiving her Benefit of Learning Prize from Kamy Basra and Emma Cliffe from NIACE


 

Benefit of Learning Prize (awarded by National Institute for Adult and Continuing Education)

Sharon Glass for Ikebana Neckpiece

Inspired by...

'I was immediately drawn to the exquisite workmanship and the beautiful designs of the kimono on display.'

Judges' Comments

'Sharon Glass's beautiful Ikebana Neckpiece was inspired by the Kimono and the culture and history surrounding it…. Sharon's application really shows the impact that learning can have as an adult, and the contribution that museums can make to learning for everyone. She says 'My course has become my passion and a major focus having been home for some years taking care of children. It has enriched my life immeasurably and entirely altered the way I see the world and relate to everything around me. I think the biggest benefit is how they have helped me gain confidence, hopefully in turn I can be an inspiration to my children.'
Ikebana Neckpiece made by Sharon Glaas during her BTEC Diploma in Design Crafts (Jewellery) class at Sutton College of Learning for Adults

Ikebana Neckpiece made by Sharon Glaas during her BTEC Diploma in Design Crafts (Jewellery) class at Sutton College of Learning for Adults

Kimono, Japan, 1820–60. Museum no. FE.11-1983. Room 45

Kimono, Japan, 1820–60. Museum no. FE.11-1983. Room 45

Avantika Katoria receiving the ceramics award from curators, Melanie Vandenbrouck-Przybylski and Amy Mechowski

Avantika Katoria receiving the ceramics award from curators, Melanie Vandenbrouck-Przybylski and Amy Mechowski

Ceramics Galleries Prize

Avantika Katoria for Antelope Capital vases

Inspired by...

'I visited the V&A Museum and I saw the work there which is really magnificent and I thought I should do something like that in clay, which I am very fond of'

Judges' Comments

'The Antelope Capital vases incorporate the simplicity of design and natural finish of material that are evident in the Uzbek Column Capital that inspired them. The maker has translated the V&A's object's rich, turquoise, intricate decoration and smooth glazing into a cream-coloured, zoomorphic composition. The sobriety and the motif of the antelope recall Mesopotamian antiques, while retaining a thoroughly modern feel.'
Capital, Uzbekistan, 1358–9. Museum no. 586-1899. Room 42

Capital, Uzbekistan, 1358–9. Museum no. 586-1899. Room 42

Antelope Capital Vases made by Avantika Katoria during her Tuesday Workshop class at Harrow College

Antelope Capital Vases made by Avantika Katoria during her Tuesday Workshop class at Harrow College

Caroline Platt receiving the Furniture award from curator, Amy Mechowski on behalf of curator Kate Hay.

Caroline Platt receiving the Furniture award from curator, Amy Mechowski on behalf of curator Kate Hay.

Furniture Prize

Caroline Platt for Shellac the Tulip & Float the Glass

Inspired by...

'I was inspired by the curved ceiling in the Architecture room, with its apparently floating quality (not fixed to the wall); the glass sculpture with the glass horizontals not attached to the verticals on various plane'

Judges' Comments

'This table shows how an idea, in this case using optical illusion to create an impression of 'floating' parts, can be observed in one discipline such as architecture and applied to another.  The table is also pleasingly well-made and with the addition of a glass top, would function well as a piece of furniture.'
‘Shellac the Tulip & Float the Glass’ made by Caroline Platt during her Woodwork Advanced Beginners class at the Mary Ward Centre

‘Shellac the Tulip & Float the Glass’ made by Caroline Platt during her Woodwork Advanced Beginners class at the Mary Ward Centre

Sculpture – 'A Moment in Time' By Peter Aldridge, 1998 Museum no. C.112-1998 Room 131

Sculpture – 'A Moment in Time' By Peter Aldridge, 1998 Museum no. C.112-1998 Room 131

Cathryn Shilling receiving the award for glass from curators, Melanie Vandenbrouck-Przybylski and Amy Mechowski.

Cathryn Shilling receiving the award for glass from curators, Melanie Vandenbrouck-Przybylski and Amy Mechowski.


Glass Prize

Cathryn Shillin for Memory Surfing

Inspired by...

'I was inspired by the extraordinary image of The Great Wave to produce a piece which would also capture a moment in time and in a particular place - like a memory, which is both concealed and revealed at once.'

Judges' Comments

'At first what appears to be an object formed simply of blue translucent glass, upon closer inspection, reveals ghostly transferred photographs which add nuance and mystery to the meaning of this piece. Just as Hokusai captured a fleeting moment of time and crashing movement in The Great Wave, the snapshots of Memory Surfings, set in undulating glass, evoke memories that appear to be both fleeting and frozen in time.'
'Memory Surfing' Made by Cathryn Shilling during her Advanced Glass Workshop at Kensington and Chelsea College

‘Memory Surfing’ Made by Cathryn Shilling during her Advanced Glass Workshop at Kensington and Chelsea College

'The Great Wave' By Katsushika Hokusai, about 1830–1. Museum no. E.4823-1916

'The Great Wave' By Katsushika Hokusai, about 1830–1. Museum no. E.4823-1916

Andrew Higgens receiving the award for Asia from Mary Redfern and Sushashini Sinha

Andrew Higgens receiving the award for Asia from Mary Redfern and Sushashini Sinha

Asia Prize

Andrew Higgens for Behind the Icon

Inspired by...

'I have been interested in Ganesh for some years. I am aware that gods do not exist and are projected by humans. So they originate with humans and must be as full of emotions as human beings.'

Judges' Comments

'We chose this piece for the clear inspiration it took from the Ganesh figure in the Asian Department's collection. We were delighted by the way the artist used this to communicate his own ideas on the nature of gods in an inventive manner. We found this work particularly engaging as each panel captured and conveyed a different emotion very successfully.'
Ganesh, Son of Siva and Parvati, 1775–1900. Museum no. IM.76-1914

Ganesh, Son of Siva and Parvati, 1775–1900. Museum no. IM.76-1914

'Behind the Icon', Made by Andrew Higgens during his Printmaking class at Morley College

'Behind the Icon', Made by Andrew Higgens during his Printmaking class at Morley College

Sharhin-Azar-Azirani receiving the award from Melanie Vandenbrouck-Przybylski and Amy Mechowski

Sharhin-Azar-Azirani receiving the award from Melanie Vandenbrouck-Przybylski and Amy Mechowski

Metalwork Prize

Sharhin-Azar-Azirani for Destiny and Eternity

Inspired by...

'I found the magnificent layout and the informative way in which historical eras have been presented in the V&A so enjoyable. I strongly believe in astrology and the concepts which are involved in this particular piece have special meaning to me.'

Judges' Comments

'The Destiny and Eternity bracelet directly relates to the astrolabe that inspired it, in both shape and material. The artist has incorporated the meaning of the object into the finished piece and emphasizes the impact of astrology and its spiritual implications onto the wearer of this virtuoso piece of metalwork.'
Astrolabe Made by Abdul Ahmed, 1715 Museum no. 458-18888 Room 42

Astrolabe Made by Abdul Ahmed, 1715 Museum no. 458-18888 Room 42
 

Bangle, ‘Destiny and Eternity’ made by Shahin-Aazar-Azirani during her BTEC in Jewellery Class at Kensington and Chelsea College

Bangle, ‘Destiny and Eternity’ made by Shahin-Aazar-Azirani during her BTEC in Jewellery Class at Kensington and Chelsea College

 
Kate Brummitt receiving the ceramics award from curators, Melanie Vandenbrouck-Przybylski and Amy Mechowski

Kate Brummitt receiving the ceramics award from curators, Melanie Vandenbrouck-Przybylski and Amy Mechowski

Sculpture Prize

Kate Brummitt for The Christening Party

Inspired by...

'I thought the holy kin did not look very interested in being recorded for posterity- several of them looked as though their minds were elsewhere. I wondered how a modern family might look posing in a similar situation - at a christening perhaps.'

Judges' Comments

'The Christening Party is a modernization of the The Holy Kinship that inspired it. Incorporating a sense of familial warmth and yet disjointed interaction between the figures, this painting brings about a humorous and whimsical adaptation of the theme by conjuring a familiar scene of an otherwise fragmented family brought together for a heart-warming event.'
The Adoration of the Magi, Austria (Tyrol), about 1515–20. Museum no. 1307-1872 Room 25

The Adoration of the Magi, Austria (Tyrol), about 1515–20. Museum no. 1307-1872 Room 25

‘The Christening Party’ made by Kate Brummitt during her Illustration class at Landmark Arts Centre.

‘The Christening Party’ made by Kate Brummitt during her Illustration class at Landmark Arts Centre.

Sandra Haddock receiving the Museum of Childhood prize from Museum of childhood curator, Catherine Howell

Sandra Haddock receiving the Museum of Childhood prize from Museum of childhood curator, Catherine Howell

Museum of Childhood Prize

Sandra Haddock for Where is Wezigone

Inspired by...

'I was inspired by the length of time children took to do up and undo fastening on material panels. The range of toys was incredible through the ages and children loved things they could do, make or see expressions they made.'

Judges' Comments

'The judges at the Museum of Childhood felt this was a playful, inventive and creative response to our children's clothing collection. It was good to see inspiration taken from one of the less obvious areas of our collection, and we particularly appreciated the colourful and tactile nature of the work which makes it appealing on many levels both to adults and to children.'
‘Where is Wezigone’ made by Sandra Haddock during her Book Illustration class at Putney College of Art

‘Where is Wezigone’ made by Sandra Haddock during her Book Illustration class at Putney College of Art

Gertie the Galloping Goose, Unique Art Manufacturing Co. Inc., New York, about 1930. Museum no. Misc.16-1978 V&A Museum of Childhood

Gertie the Galloping Goose, Unique Art Manufacturing Co. Inc., New York, about 1930. Museum no. Misc.16-1978 V&A Museum of Childhood


Word and Image Prize

Lara French for John the Baptist

Inspired by...

'My artwork has been inspired by the John the Baptist from the Medieval/Cast room at the V&A. I have been inspired by researching from a sketch and have designed a positive relief image onto woodblock into a negative relief print.'

Judges' Comments

'I would like to congratulate Lara for the originality of her work and her great technical skill. The delicate and mature treatment of her source of inspiration as well as the amount of thought and care that went into the design process is impressive. Her print conveyed wonderfully and very elegantly the organic sense of growth of the piece that inspired her.'
Arcading; Plaster Cast France, made about 1210–20, cast about 1850–1900 Museum no. REPRO.A.1916-3164 Room 46

Arcading; Plaster Cast France, made about 1210–20, cast about 1850–1900 Museum no. REPRO.A.1916-3164 Room 46

John the Baptist made by Lara French during her Printmaking course at Heatherley's School of Fine Art.

John the Baptist made by Lara French during her Printmaking course at Heatherley’s School of Fine Art.<br> 

Jackie Wamaitha on behalf of Laura Caiafa receiving the Word and Image book prize from Marilyn Greene on behalf of Barbara Lasic

Jackie Wamaitha on behalf of Laura Caiafa receiving the Word and Image book prize from Marilyn Greene on behalf of Barbara Lasic

Word and Image Book Prize

Laura Caiafa for V&A ABC book

Inspired by...

'I visited the Museum of Childhood and many, many items caught my attention, I could not decide on just one or two key inspirations. Everything was clear then, the idea of developing the V&A ABC Book was born!'

Judges' Comments

'Laura's ABC book is wonderful in many ways, not only is it delightfully witty but the quality of craftsmanship is outstanding.

Laura's imaginative and skilfully executed work shows her interest in the V&A's collections and the amount of thought and care that went into her book testifies to her profound engagement with the pieces that inspired and informed her work.'

Two Owls Made by Schreyer & Co, 1930-9 Museum no. Misc.10-1978 V&A Museum of Childhood

Two Owls Made by Schreyer & Co, 1930-9 Museum no. Misc.10-1978 V&A Museum of Childhood

V&A ABC book made by Laura Caiafa during her Illustration class at the Mary Ward Centre

V&A ABC book made by Laura Caiafa during her Illustration class at the Mary Ward Centre

Fashion and Textiles Prize

Brenda Gibson for Please Plisse Me

Inspired by...

‘The beautiful fluidity of movement expressed in Power’s image of the staircase immediately resonated with me in textile terms. It provided a powerful inspiration to interpret the essence of the image in a hand-woven textile.’

Judges' Comments

'Brenda Gibson’s Please Plisse Me represents an innovative take on Cyril Edward Power’s 1929 print of the staircase at Russell Square tube station. The folded textile, with its gathered centre panel, illustrates the maker’s clever use of a complex weaving and heat treatment process. Draped to create a dynamic, spiral shape, Gibson’s woven piece echoes the colour, form and movement of Power’s print in a lively and imaginative way.'
'The Tube Staircase', by Cyril Edward Power. Museum no. E.76-1981

'The Tube Staircase', by Cyril Edward Power. Museum no. E.76-1981

'Please Plisse Me' made by Brenda Gibson in her Weaving class at Hounslow Adult Education College

'Please Plisse Me' made by Brenda Gibson in her Weaving class at Hounslow Adult Education College

A prize was also awarded to Carolyn Dinan, illustration tutor at Kensington & Chelsea College and Putney School of Art for the most inspiring tutor.

The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) offered £100 in vouchers towards the Benefit of Learning winner.

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