The Fabric(ation) of India

September 7, 2015

FOI build 4I must begin with an apology for our collective silence last week.  It really is ‘all hands to the pump’ at this stage of exhibition delivery.  This is not to say we’d forgotten you.  Quite the contrary – in between running around and solving all the little hiccups – Exhibition Manager, Olivia Oldroyd (whose safety boots featuring statement laces are pictured right) has been diligently taking pictures of the transformation that is taking place in the galleries.

A few weeks ago I posted pictures from a visit to the construction warehouse where we viewed samples and finishes.   Now these build components are here in London being installed in our galleries by a very hard working team of contractors.  Things are never entirely plain sailing, but in spite of the inevitable moments of woe we are getting there.  Our gallery spaces are old and very well used: in their empty state it is hard to imagine how they could ever be part of a shiny beautiful new exhibition.  So today I wanted to share with you a few of Olivia’s images to give you view on a slightly less glamorous phase in the exhibition’s life.  [All images © Olivia Oldroyd]

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The galleries in a rare and brief moment of emptiness before work starts.

FOI build 12FOI build 13FOI build 6Stud work walls make up the bulk of the exhibition set works.  Theses are the timber frameworks going into place ready for cladding, filling and painting.

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Things start to take shape… and colour.

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…and we’re glad the builders think its fab too.







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September 7, 2015

I am a Senior Exhibitions Coordinator which means that I have a hand in the delivery of a wide variety of exhibitions showing at South Kensington and on tour to...

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