Playing With Buildings

Currently on Display at the V&A Museum of Childhood

A collaborative project with the University of East London, bringing together architects, artists, photographers and students spanning the educational spectrum. 70 First Year students on the BSc Architecture course at the University of East London have undertaken an exploration of the Museum of Childhood as the site and inspiration for their first introduction to architectural design and making. Students were invited to re-think how and where playful learning can take place in them museum. In workshops and on-location study sessions they interrogated the building inside and out and the spaces in between, in order to imagine and design new inventive spaces for playing and learning. 

Physically exploring the architecture of the museum and using their own senses and body as a tool to develop a spatial awareness and understanding of it’s potential, they have collectively turned their studies into a series of full-scale spatial designs. 

Each design expresses its own architectural idea that conceptually plays with the fabric (physical materiality) of the building, and connects and interacts with existing interior and exterior spaces and aspects of the museum.

The outcomes are not preconceived and are to be understood as a collection of prototypes for new learning spaces, offering a playground of ideas that can be taken forward. 

As part of this continuing process primary and secondary school pupils from St Johns C of E Primary School and Morpeth Secondary School, Tower Hamlets have subsequently acted as young ‘clients’, to test out how the concepts accommodate their needs and have in turn imagined their own responses.

The process from idea to finished piece is documented in sketches, models, prototypes, photographs and film. 

209 Women

One hundred years after women first gained the right to sit in Parliament as MPs, the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art will host the ‘209 Women’ exhibition from 14 December 2018 to 14 February 2019.   Unveiled in time for the anniversary of the first election where some women could cast a vote, the exhibition includes portraits of female MPs, all photographed by female photographers in an all-female initiative.

‘209 Women’ marks this significant moment in history whilst also highlighting the ongoing need for further gender equality across society.   A collective of women photographers from all across the UK formed, volunteering their time to make and mark history, celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage and championing the visibility of women, particularly in environments that are still largely male-dominated.

The exhibition is curated by Hilary Wood (Founder/Director of ‘209 Women’ and photographer), Tracy Marshall (Director of Development and Partnerships at Open Eye Gallery), Cheryl Newman (Artist, curator and former Director of Photography of the Telegraph magazine), and Lisa Tse (Brand Consultant, TV Producer and founder of women’s club The Sorority), and supported by Ambassador Rosemary Reed, Executive (Executive Producer and Founder of Power of Women series).


‘209 Women’ will be displayed at Portcullis House 14 December 2018 - 14 February 2019, and free tickets are available on Parliament’s website.

Hidden in the Tide Hoarding at Crossfield Street Deptford

All the images were taken by the Children at St Josephs Primary School Deptford

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