Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Student Creative

We're looking for a Student Creative

Would you like to be the next MoDiP AUB Student Creative?

Fancy the opportunity to get up close and personal with a museum collection?

Want to see your work on display and inspire others?

Here’s your chance.


The Brief
The aim of the MoDiP Student Creative is to offer all students at AUB an opportunity to create a work inspired by the Museum collections. This could be in any discipline with any creative outcome from physical artwork to film or acting production.

Need inspiration?
Have a look at some of the work from last year’s Student Creatives:

Dorine Bessière cutlery, Adrian Finn ammonite, Rebecca Smith lamp 

Outcomes
The outcome of this project can be within any discipline working with any material but the work must be inspired by the MoDiP collection or its processes and working practice and in line with its mission and purpose (www.modip.ac.uk/about-us). The work will be displayed in the cases outside the museum, 1st floor AUB library, and featured on all of our social media.

Terms and Conditions
 

  • MoDiP and/or its plastics collection should be at the heart of the project

  • The applicant should expect to spend time looking at the collection and/or talking to the MoDiP team

  • The applicant could work in any discipline (they would not have to work in plastics)

  • The applicant should be prepared to have work displayed at the end of the project and to describe how they have been inspired by MoDiP

  • The applicant will need to give regular updates to the MoDiP team on progress (to ensure deadlines will be met and that the work can be physically displayed)

Timescale 

The successful applicant will be appointed on 4th December 2017 and it is expected that the work will be completed and ready for display on 23rd April 2018. This provides a 20 week period within which to complete the project.

Bursary 

A £250 bursary (including material costs) will be paid to the successful candidate to facilitate the project. Up to 50% can be claimed during the project as material costs are incurred. The remainder will be paid on completion.

Monitoring and evaluation

The resident will be expected to keep the MoDiP team updated with progress reports on a regular basis (to be agreed). This could be either through email including images, or face-to-face.

It is expected that the candidate will write 3 blog posts during the process, complete with images. The first will be a plan for the work, the second being a progress report, and the third showing the work and an overview of the project.

The experience
 
We expect you to work in a professional manner, engaging with both the collection and the staff of MoDiP. This is an opportunity to have your work published or displayed within a museum setting.

The project can be included in your portfolio of work to show future employers or clients. It will demonstrate working creatively to a deadline and experience of working with real clients.

Reference
 
Appointment will be subject to approval and written support from your tutor.

How to Apply
 
To apply please submit a proposal of 300-500 words with expected outcomes including how you intend to use the collection. Please include images of some of your previous work. Email modip@aub.ac.uk with ‘Student Creative’ in the subject box.


Closing date: 27th November 2017

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed (with the opportunity to show your portfolio) on 30th November 2017 and we will let you know our decision on 1st December 2017.

If you would like more information or an informal discussion about the project please contact the MoDiP team by email modip@aub.ac.uk


Katherine Pell (MoDiP Administrator)


 

Monday, 30 October 2017

BXL photographic archive #0136

In 2010, MoDiP was donated a large archive of images relating to a single company. Bakelite Xylonite Ltd, also known as British Xylonite Ltd or BXL, was possibly one of the first British firms to successfully manufacture a plastics material in commercial quantities. The company was established in 1875 and after a long history went into liquidation in the late 2000s. The images we have in the collection are concentrated around the 1960s through to the 1980s and show us glimpses of the manufacturing process, products and the company’s employees during this time. We plan to share an image each week to give a flavour of the archive. If you want to see more you can view the whole collection on our website.

This week’s image shows copper clad coils.

To get a better view of the image and find out more have a look at it on our website http://www.modip.ac.uk/artefact/bxl--0871
We are still working on the documentation of the archive, some of the images we know more about than others. It would be fantastic if we could fill in some of the gaps in our knowledge, if you know anything about the company or specific images it would be good to hear from you.

Louise Dennis (Assistant Curator)

Friday, 27 October 2017

PHS collection

The Museum of Design in Plastics house two collections alongside our own.  One of these collections is that of the Plastics Historical Society.   

Here I will highlight just one of the objects in the collection.


Pierced and decorated panel 
Designer : Unknown
Manufacturer : Unknown
Date : Unknown


Louise Dennis (Assistant Curator)

Monday, 23 October 2017

A different view #64

There are many ways to look at the objects in the MoDiP collection.  With this series of posts I want to highlight the interesting views of objects that we may ordinarily miss.  These include the underside of an object, the surface pattern, or traces of manufacturing processes.


Title: Super Food Flask
Designer: Unknown
Manufacturer: Aladdin
Object number: AIBDC : 007781


Louise Dennis (Assistant Curator)

Friday, 20 October 2017

Guess the object

MoDiP has the kind of collection that you may think you are very familiar with. We have objects which we all use every day, and some pieces which are more unusual.

By looking at this distorted image are you able to guess what the object is? What do you think it could be used for?


Post your answer in the comments below or to find the answer click here and you will be taken to the MoDiP catalogue.

Louise Dennis (Assistant Curator)

Thursday, 19 October 2017

We are now open

MoDiP has been closed over the summer whilst we moved into our new location.  We are now open and have a great exhibition for you to visit.

Spotlight on... 2

This is the second in a series of exhibitions that puts the spotlight on manufacturers and designers who embrace plastics as a material of value.


Mass produced anonymous plastic products flood the market. Many have no maker or designer’s name attached, the result being that the popular perception of such objects is that they are of low cost and low quality.

However, in stark contrast, many designers and companies have exploited this versatile material, used it to great effect, and are proud to put their names to it. As materials and manufacturing technologies have evolved, designers have begun to realise the possibilities it offers and have created objects that have come to be regarded as design icons. Consequently, many objects made from plastics materials are now to be found in major museum collections across the world and, although produced in quantity, such objects are held in high regard.

In this exhibition, we explore the works of designers such as Zaha Hadid and Verner Panton, and manufacturing companies including Kartell and Materialise

We hope you enjoy your visit.

Louise Dennis (Assistant Curator)

Monday, 16 October 2017

BXL photographic archive #0135

In 2010, MoDiP was donated a large archive of images relating to a single company. Bakelite Xylonite Ltd, also known as British Xylonite Ltd or BXL, was possibly one of the first British firms to successfully manufacture a plastics material in commercial quantities. The company was established in 1875 and after a long history went into liquidation in the late 2000s. The images we have in the collection are concentrated around the 1960s through to the 1980s and show us glimpses of the manufacturing process, products and the company’s employees during this time. We plan to share an image each week to give a flavour of the archive. If you want to see more you can view the whole collection on our website.

This week’s image shows an aerial view of the Bakelite factory in Ware.
To get a better view of the image and find out more have a look at it on our website http://www.modip.ac.uk/artefact/bxl--1568 
We are still working on the documentation of the archive, some of the images we know more about than others. It would be fantastic if we could fill in some of the gaps in our knowledge, if you know anything about the company or specific images it would be good to hear from you.

Louise Dennis (Assistant Curator)

Friday, 13 October 2017

Horners collection

The Museum of Design in Plastics houses two collections alongside our own.  One of these collections is that of the Worshipful Company of Horners.   

Here I will highlight just one of the objects in the collection.

Apothecary's scoop

Louise Dennis (Assistant Curator)

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Arts 4 Dementia



On World Alzheimer’s Day, 21 September, I attended Arts 4 Dementia Reawakening Integrated: Arts & Heritage Symposium. Arts 4 Dementia is a UK charity, founded in 2011 who promote empowerment through artistic stimulation.


Reawakening: Integrated Arts Heritage

They work with arts venues to provide training and develop arts programmes. They have a new re-developed website that highlights arts events that stimulate people affected by dementia in the community and Dementia-Friendly arts & heritage venues / locations.

The symposium put forward engaging and thought providing notions of how The Arts can be beneficial to people with Dementia. The day began with a welcome from Stephen Wrentmore, Artistic Producer, The Lighthouse in Poole, the venue host for the day. Veronica Franklin Gould, president and founder of Arts 4 Dementia introduced ‘Reawakening Integrated: Arts & Heritage’. A regional programme, with a framework to integrate arts into dementia care services in Dorset.

A report had been produced on the first of the three year academic partnership programme, based in Dorset, to integrate artistic stimulation into NHS England’s Well Pathway for Dementia. Part I articulates on a feasibility study of which investigation is being undertaken by Dr Trish Vella Burrows - it is looking at a framework to integrate arts in dementia services. Part II discuses Arts & Heritage versus Dementia - reawakening the mind arts programme to empower people with early-stage dementia, a dementia friendly initiative to preserve the joy of cultural visiting for families affected by the condition. Partnerships were developed as part of the project with Alzheimer’s Society, Ageing & Dementia Research Centre at Bournemouth University, Arts University Bournemouth, Canterbury Christ Church University and Pavilion Dance South West.

It is fascinating to understand that arts engagement is central to healthy ageing and has a key role to play for people with dementia. It has been noted that research demonstrates how visual arts, music, dance, drama, and other cultural and heritage activities can boost brain function and social wellbeing - helping to delay the onset of dementia and diminish its severity. It’s astonishing that artistic skills and appreciation, imagination and creativity can remain vibrant for years after onset of dementia. ‘The arts embody human expression – physical evidence of the impulse to create – influencing culture, changing culture and sharing stories with a wider world’ (Dementia and Imagination, 2017).



Dorset County Museum 

There were many key note speakers and cases studies presented throughout the day. One particular case study caught my attention. Dorset County Museum who delivered eight free weekly drawing workshops inspired by curator-led conversations in the galleries. The workshops took place from February to March 2017, on Thursdays from 2-4pm. The project aimed to re-engage the interests of local residents, giving them a range of opportunities to revive and develop skills to help override symptoms of memory loss, restore sense of purpose and reconnect in the community. The project involved a local artist Gillian Lacey, who teaches anatomy and drawing. She is a trained nurse and had specialised in drawing and memory for her MA. She worked in partnership with curators, educators and a volunteer at Dorset County Museum.

Curators were asked to choose 3 objects or groupings of objects, an aspect of which would inspire the resulting art session. They were asked to give brief explanation about each object in order to trigger interactive dialogue among participants and inspire the art workshop.

To keep up the artistic programme at home between the sessions and after the project was completed Arts 4 Dementia supplied a sketchbook and art pencils to participants. The artist also liaised with museum staff to provide colour reproductions for reference, to enable participants to continue to develop their drawings at home in order to maximise creative inspiration.

This case study made me realise that people with dementia visiting a gallery or museum, together with family or friends are able to heighten their sense of social wellbeing, long after dementia sets in. Weekly arts sessions led by facilitators trained to override dementia symptoms allowed participants to engage their creative instincts, to revive, develop and learn skills joyfully together.

Attending the symposium has had a compelling impact. I am inspired to take the lead here at MoDiP to explore how we can deliver engagement with the museum collection, to become a Dementia- Friendly Arts Venue. Watch this space…

Sarah Jane Stevens, AMA (Museum Engagement Officer)

Monday, 9 October 2017

A different view #63

There are many ways to look at the objects in the MoDiP collection.  With this series of posts I want to highlight the interesting views of objects that we may ordinarily miss.  These include the underside of an object, the surface pattern, or traces of manufacturing processes.


Title: Kasimir cheese grater
Designer: Pinkeye
Manufacturer: Koziol
Object number: AIBDC : 006671


Louise Dennis (Assistant Curator)

Friday, 6 October 2017

Guess the object

MoDiP has the kind of collection that you may think you are very familiar with. We have objects which we all use every day, and some pieces which are more unusual.

By looking at this distorted image are you able to guess what the object is? What do you think it could be used for?

Post your answer in the comments below or to find the answer click here and you will be taken to the MoDiP catalogue.

Louise Dennis (Assistant Curator)

Monday, 2 October 2017

BXL photographic archive #0134

In 2010, MoDiP was donated a large archive of images relating to a single company. Bakelite Xylonite Ltd, also known as British Xylonite Ltd or BXL, was possibly one of the first British firms to successfully manufacture a plastics material in commercial quantities. The company was established in 1875 and after a long history went into liquidation in the late 2000s. The images we have in the collection are concentrated around the 1960s through to the 1980s and show us glimpses of the manufacturing process, products and the company’s employees during this time. We plan to share an image each week to give a flavour of the archive. If you want to see more you can view the whole collection on our website.

This week’s image shows a television film set of Mars.

To get a better view of the image and find out more have a look at it on our website http://www.modip.ac.uk/artefact/bxl--07512




We are still working on the documentation of the archive, some of the images we know more about than others. It would be fantastic if we could fill in some of the gaps in our knowledge, if you know anything about the company or specific images it would be good to hear from you.

Louise Dennis (Assistant Curator)