Contextual research week 2 – Tim Walker V and A

Contextual research week 2 – Tim walker v and a

In June 2019 I started my MA with Falmouth university as part of an accredited education programme.

4th October 2019


Contextual research week 2 - Tim walker V and AContextual research week 2 – Tim walker V and A

This week I headed to the Tim walker photography exhibition , wonderful things at the V and A museum in London. This was such an incredible experience, it reminded me of The Anonymous project in Arles, (where they had converted a whole house into an interactive immersive gallery),  albeit on a much much larger & grander scale. There was also many similarities, I thought, between this exhibition, and the Alexander McQueen Savage beauty, that was held at the v&a a few years ago (coincidentally there was actually a McQueen dress from that exhibition in this exhibition as well that was used as one of the starting points of inspiration)  in the scale of the presentation, and the theatrical elements that they both contained. They were both fully immersive experiences that felt like you were on a set rather than in an exhibition. Even at the start of the Walker exhibition where there was a more traditional white walled gallery setting, it didn’t feel like a gallery presentation of images.

Walker spent months submerged in the archives & artefacts at the V and A, and created photographs that conveyed the emotions he felt when he first encountered some of their pieces, such as the Bayeux tapestry, embroidered jewellery boxes, and a painting by Constable amongst others . The resulting exhibition was a feast for the eyes. The presentation of the photographs was so inspiring , photographs were displayed alongside props used in the photoshoots, and the original pieces that inspired each individual set and photoshoot. The whole thing (like the anonymous project) made me think lots about how I would like to present any potential exhibition in the future. There are elements from this exhibition, as there were in the Anonymous projects exhibition, that really made me ponder about the scope of possibilities for how I could potentially in the future present an exhibition of my project on alternative education in the fmp.

I have been considering the possibilities of trying to create an interactive exhibition space,  where images are displayed or projected into simulated pedagogical spaces , perhaps with one room set up as a forest school, one where the images are displayed in a space set up as a working environment around a kitchen table, one set up as a science lab for example. This is something that I will keep looking at and investigating as I move through the modules. Although a long way off, I am going to keep the idea on the peripheries of my research and project development as I move forward, as it would take a lot longer to organise than a standard exhibition, and as as much as I think this would be an enormous undertaking, I have no doubt that it would be worth all the extra hard work, effort and finances it would take, to turn any exhibition into an inspiring and educational environment for the families /communities that the project is about.

Contextual research week 2 – Tim walker v&a


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