Inspired by…

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May 20, 2016

Monday night saw the opening of Inspired by…, an exhibition showcasing new artwork made by adult learners from across the UK, inspired by the V&A’s collection. The quality of the work submitted was impressive and I was honoured to be invited to select the winner for ‘Digital Media’, a category introduced to the competition for the first time.

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Inspired by... on until 17.6.16                    V&A Curator's hard at work!  
Exhibition held at Morley Gallery, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7HT 17 

The selection process was really vigorous and I was joined by colleagues across the Museum’s departments to undertake this challenging task. The 9 categories judged this year were ceramics, glass & stained glass, sculpture, jewellery, textiles & fashion, printmaking, drawing, digital media (including photography, video and sound art) and the Museum of Childhood category.

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The imaginative creativity, high standard and diversity of work was incredibly rich. The selection process was made based on evidence of inspiration from the V&A’s collections, technical skill, creativity and innovation, and originality. With 315 entries and 96 works exhibited in the show, competition was stiff. After careful deliberation the category winners were selected. I was particularly impressed by Paula Garcia Stone’s evocative piece Las doce en punto y sereno which brought the ironwork gallery to life in a new way for me.

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A huge congratulations to everyone who took part and to the artists whose work was selected.


Inspired by … PRIZE WINNERS 2016                                                                                           Printmaking: A walk along Galé Beach, Nicola Atchley (Morley College)                          Ceramics: Walking in the Rain, Lesley Scoble (Hackney Community College)                          Jewellery: Contemporary: roller-printed necklace, Heidi Minshall (Morley College)Drawing & Painting: I want to get dressed and go out, Rebecca Hathaway (Heatherley’s Scool of Fine Art)                                                                                                                                Textiles & Fashion: The Leeds to Liverpool Slow Way, Learning Stars (Workers Education Association)                                                                                                                                             Glass & Stained Glass: The Forest, Dawn James (Kensington and Chelsea College)Sculpture: Peter and Martin, Patsy Hickman (Mary Ward Centre)                                         The Museum of Childhood: Interloper, Ruby Wright (Morley College)                                       Digital Media: Las doce en punto y sereno, Paula Garcia Stone (Morley College)                                                                                                                                                              Victoria and Albert Museum Prize (for best use of V&A Collections): Lea’s Tales, Vanessa Ramasawmy (Richmond Adult Community College)                                                                   The Linbury Trust Prize (Highly Commended): Origami Necklace, Nicky MacQuarrie (Morley College)                                                                                                                                        The Linbury Trust Prize (Highly Commended): Natural World Playing Cards, Rachel Hunt (Putney School of Art and Design)                                                                                                            Rootstein Hopkins Prize (for Outstanding Piece of Work): Needle and Thread, Bren Nevin (Morley College).


I’d encourage everyone to go and see the exhibition which runs until 17th June 2016.

The online catalogue is available here:

Inspired by … 2016 is organised and hosted by Morley Gallery in collaboration with the V&A Museum and supported by NIACE, craft&design magazine, The Rootstein Hopkins Foundation and the Linbury Trust.


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