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Journeys with The Waste Land Opens at Turner Contemporary

THE Waste Land by TS Eliot emerged out of the ashes of the First World War, signaling the beginning of a new era of literature, art and music. One of the most significant poems of the last century, The Waste Land persistently influences society and culture and has now resulted in an exhibition in which the exploration of the relationship between the poem and visual arts is displayed.


Journeys in The Waste Land, Turner Contemporary Exhibition
If Not, Not by RB Kitaj (1975-76). Image: Courtesy National Galleries of Scotland


Journeys with The Waste Land at Turner Contemporary in Margate shall consist of the work of over 60 artists and almost 100 objects. It will mark the conclusion of a three year project which envisioned the reconsidering of traditional curation methods.

A mélange of pieces is to be exhibited, including work by renowned 20th century artists, historical artifacts, contemporary works and new commissions.  Artworks range from that of Edward Hopper, whose painting Night Windows (1928) uncannily parallels with the tone of the poem, to work developed solely for the exhibition such as John Newling‘s sculpture Eliot’s Notebooks (2017).


Journeys with The Waste Land, Turner Contemporary ExhibitionMargate’s Shelter. Photograph: Thanet District Council, courtesy Turner Contemporary


Eliot had worked on The Waste Land while in Margate in 1921, nurturing an important moment in his career. The poem was published the following year

by Daisy Sewell

Journeys with The Wasteland opens on February 3, 2018 and is on until May 7, 2018 at the Turner Contemporary in Margate, UK

Fun and Board Games Come to the Museum of Childhood

CATHERINE Howell, curator of the hugely popular Magic Worlds mounts a display of board games at the  V & A Museum of Childhood later this year. The exhibition traces the evolution of their design from antiquity to the electronic gaming of the present day, culminating in an intriguing participatory game for all.

MISC.161-1983 Board game - The Alice Through The Looking Glass Chess Set; carved & painted wood; made by Robin Dale & Neil Dale; U.K.; 1983.Alice in Wonderland chess set by Robin and Nell Dale, England, 1983.
Photograph © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Family favourites such as Monopoly and Cluedo and enchanting games from the 18th and 19th centuries are displayed in an array of exhibits from around the world. This exhibition highlights the lasting legacy of historical board games and their value as important cultural, geographical and even scientific resources. It also focuses on the role of design as a visual stimulus and marketing strategy, and examines their enduring appeal today.

Resize PandemicPandemic by Matt Leacock, USA, 2008.
Photograph © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

by Miranda Charalambous

Game Plan, Board Games Rediscovered opens on October 8, 2016  and is on until April 23, 2017 at the  V & A Museum of Childhood, London

Coventry Cathedral Exhibits Work by Magnum Photographer Peter Marlow

Peter Marlow, a prominent British news photographer and a member of the highly respected photography cooperative Magnum Photos, has photographed all 42 cathedrals of the Church of England over the course of four years.

Carlisle Cathedral © Peter Marlow / Magnum Photos

The photographs will be showcased inside The Chapel of Christ the Servant at Coventry Cathedral – a space dedicated to displaying works by contemporary British artists.


Durham Cathedral © Peter Marlow / Magnum Photos

Originally commissioned by the  Royal Mail to photograph six cathedrals to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the completion of St Paul’s Cathedral, Marlow became inspired by the unique aesthetics of the sacred buildings he was visiting.


Canterbury Cathedral © Peter Marlow / Magnum Photos

After capturing the cathedrals of Lichfield, Belfast, Gloucester, St David’s, Westminster, and St Magnus in Orkney, a project which resulted in a series of stamps and a miniature sheet, he continued his work photographing sanctuaries. In the course of his endeavour Marlow employed a technique which allowed him to uniquely present each of the cathedrals from a uniform point of view.

Marlow explained, “I began by photographing the aesthetic highlights of each building, but the images seemed to merge with one another. In order to differentiate each place I needed to find a more rigorous and systematic approach, so I adopted the simple strategy of photographing the naves looking along the central axis.”


Liverpool Cathedral © Peter Marlow / Magnum Photos

Taken from the fixed position and at the dawn, all the photographs show the perspective of natural light breaking through the main window and therefore allow the lighting to bring out the immensely impressive features of the buildings in their raw state.

Commenting on the exhibition, The Very Revd John Witcombe MA MPhil, Dean of Coventry, said, “The photographs are an incredible record of the very particular space that cathedrals offer, as places for reflection and inspiration, through both their art and architecture, as well as their religious significance. (…) It will make a lasting impression on those who visit, and encourage them to make their own pilgrimage to other cathedrals in the country.”

by Magda Pirowska

The English cathedral by Peter Marlow will be on display  from April 29 – September 5, 2016
The exhibition is supported and made possible by a Grant for the Arts funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

V&A Museum Presents Engineering Season – Robots Build a Pavilion

V&A presents Engineering Season – the first of its kind celebrating and exploring the engineering efforts that influence our everyday lives. The programme consists of displays, events and interactive installations – and visitors can watch a Kuka robot build new cells of the pavilion as it happens in real time – and will underline the importance of technological advances and its designers who are a major force, working behind the scenes on creating the environment that surrounds us all.

pavilionElytra Filament Pavilion, render, V&A John Madejski Garden 2016;
© ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart; Image courtesy of V&A

The installation created by Achim Menges with Moritz Dörstelmann, structural engineer Jan Knippers and climate engineer Thomas Auer  – the Elytra Filament Pavilion – will be the opening the showcase. A canopy located in V&A’s John Madejski Garden will be a live structure that considers the influence of new robotic technologies on architectural design, engineering and making.

The nature-inspired construction is made up of tightly-woven carbon fibre cells created using a novel robotic production process. Additionally, the fibres will carry real-time sensors capturing data from its surroundings and adapting the construction accordingly – by adding new fibre cells – live and acting as an environmental filter.

penguin poolPenguin Pool, London Zoo;  London, 1934; © ZSL; Image courtesy of V&A

Another highlight of the show will be a retrospective of the work of Ove Arup: Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design, which will shine a new light on the most influential engineer of the 20th century. Ove was a prolific creator who applied his training and interest in philosophy to natural flair for combining different disciplines in a pursue of his grand idea of a Total Design.

The work of the British-Danish engineer Arup defined his era and those to come and the showcase will present that influence through previously unseen prototypes, models, archival materials, drawings, film and photography, as well as a host of new immersive digital displays featuring animations, simulations and virtual reality.

The visitors will be immersed in his design and engineering legacy transpiring through Ove’s awe-inspiring writings and projects including Penguin Pool at London Zoo, Sydney Opera House, Centre Pompidou in Paris and other significant buildings, such as Crossrail, across the world.

syndey operaSydney Opera House © David Messent; Image courtesy of V&A

Additionally, a display entitled Mind over Matter will feature leading innovative engineering projects from around the world by British engineering firms such as AKT II, Atelier One, Buro Happold, Expedition Engineering and Jane Wernick Associates. Other activities in the V&A Engineering Season will include an Exhibition Road Engineering Residency supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, a themed Friday Late, a series of lectures, talks and gallery tours, as well as a Symposium about biomimicry, design and engineering with a keynote lecture by Achim Menges.

by Magda Pirowska

The exhibition Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design runs from  June 18 –  November 6, 2016. Tickets will go on sale in April 2016. Admission £7 (concessions available). V&A Members go free. Advance booking is advised – this can be done in person, online; or by calling 0800 912 6961 (booking fee applies).
This exhibition is made possible with the cooperation of Arup.
The Elytra Filament Pavilion will be on display in the John Madejski Garden from May 18  – November 6, 2016. Admission is free.