So far, my first week and has been inductions, meetings and generally getting to know the place. I’ve noticed that I love walking through the galleries early in the morning before the public can explore the museum. I had a great opportunity to look around a floor of the British Galleries with the curators telling me about the most popular items, how the gallery came about and its aspirations and goals. I found it so incredibly interesting and I took lots of notes, so I think I will do a blog post about the British Galleries in future. I am also keen to do a few case studies on my website focusing on artists and ‘trendsetters’ of those eras, such as artist and textile designer William Morris
While exploring the V&A, I managed to go to the Tomorrow Exhibition, which runs from 1st October to 2nd January 2014. This installation in the former Textiles galleries is a collaboration between contemporary artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset. The space has been transformed into a South Kensington apartment, by using objects from the V&A’s collections, as well as work by artists and market antiques. The visitors to the exhibition receive a script which tells the story of the inhabitants of the apartment. It was an interesting experience to read the script of Tomorrow while standing in each of the rooms where the narrative takes place – I think it’s a very innovative way to tell a story while exhibiting historic design.
I have also been nominated in the Women of the Future Awards in the digital category and went to an ambassador’s reception event last night were I spoke to college students about their career aspirations.
Finally, I was filmed for an independent documentary about retro games on Sunday. The film is called 1UP: The Rise of Retro Video Games and you can see more about the project here: https://www.facebook.com/1upmovie