V&A hands Inspired by… baton to Morley College

Tuesday 1 October 2013

The competition, which has been run successfully by the V&A for a number of years, invites adults in part-time education to create new pieces of art and craft inspired by works in the V&A’s collections.

From 2014, Inspired by… will be managed by Morley College, and selected works will be exhibited in the College’s public exhibition space, Morley Gallery, from 20 May – 19 June 2014. The competition is supported by the V&A and NIACE, the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, and will form part of national celebrations for Adult Learners’ Week 2014.

David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE says: “I am delighted that Morley College is continuing the work of the V&A by providing adult learners with an opportunity to explore, enhance and celebrate their creative talents through Inspired by…. I am proud that this competition, as part of Adult Learners' Week, will use art to inspire people to learn. It is an example of the diverse and fulfilling ways that adults can learn at any time in their life and a great opportunity for many adults to enjoy developing new skills and go on to create their own masterpieces.”

Ela Piotrowska, Principal of Morley College says: “It is a privilege to take on the organisation and hosting of Inspired by... in this, our 125th year. Morley College is a centre of excellence for the arts and we are very proud of our important role in providing opportunities, for people from all backgrounds, to engage in the creative and performing arts. This competition will build on Morley’s inspiring exhibition programme, providing a professional gallery setting for the celebration of the achievements of Inspired by… adult learners."

Entries for Inspired by… 2014 are now open. Adults who have been involved in some form of part-time education during the 2013-14 academic year are invited to submit a piece of work inspired by the collections of the V&A South Kensington or the Museum of Childhood by Friday 21 March 2014.

Entrants who are unable to visit the V&A’s collections in person can access their extensive online database, Search the Collections, for inspiration. 

Entries will be judged by a panel of experts, including curators, educators and a professional designer, with approximately 50 works selected for the exhibition next spring.

Prizes will be awarded to winners in eight categories of works: Ceramics, Glass & Stained Glass, Jewellery, Sculpture, Textiles & Fashion, Theatre & Performance and Printmaking, Drawing & Painting and V&A Museum of Childhood.

Special prizes will also be awarded by the V&A and NIACE, the National Institute of Continuing Adult Education.

For more information about the exhibition, including terms and conditions and an online application form visit www.morleycollege.ac.uk/inspiredby


Notes to Editors:

1. Inspired by… competition rules

  • Entrants must have engaged in part-time adult education in the UK within the 2013-14 academic year.
  • Courses may be accredited or non-accredited.
  • Work made as part of courses at degree level or above will not be accepted.
  • Entrants must be over 18 years old.
  • Entries can be made by an individual or a group.
  • Students may submit any art, craft, multimedia or digital work, video or animation that they have produced in the 2013-14 academic year. They may only enter one piece of work.
  • The entry must have been inspired by the V&A’s collections, exhibitions or displays. Students may visit the V&A in person or refer to the V&A’s websites or catalogues. Inspiration may come from several sources, including objects from different eras, countries or artistic disciplines, but this should be traceable.
  • The competition is NOT about copying. The aim of the competition is to encourage entrants to look at the works of art and use the ideas in them to create their own ORIGINAL art work.
  • Entries must be made online at www.morleycollege.ac.uk/inspiredby by supplying a digital image of your work. Selected exhibitors will be required to supply their work for the exhibition if selected.

2. About Morley College & Gallery

Morley College is one of London’s largest and most successful centres for adult learning. It has been providing high-quality education for over 120 years and has a rich history dating back to the 1880s. Today, Morley offers over 2,500 courses covering a broad range of interests, from art & design, fashion, dance, drama, music and humanities to languages, health, English & maths, business & enterprise and access to higher education.

Morley is committed to celebrating the achievements of its adult learners through a lively programme of concerts, lectures, performances and exhibitions, and has several spaces dedicated to this purpose, including Morley Gallery. Morley Gallery was established in 1968 and is a professional exhibition space open to the public. It runs a busy programme of exhibitions throughout the year showcasing a range of art forms, and is also home to the national Rootstein Hopkins Drawing Exhibition.

For more information visit www.morleycollege.ac.uk

3. About the V&A

The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. It was established to make works of art available to all and to inspire British designers and manufacturers. Today, the V&A’s collections, which span over 2000 years of human creativity in virtually every medium and from many parts of the world, continue to intrigue, inspire and inform.

For more information visit www.vam.ac.uk

4. About NIACE and Adult Learners’ Week

The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) aims to encourage all adults to engage in learning of all kinds.

Adult Learners’ Week is a national celebration of the benefits of lifelong learning organised by NIACE. It is the perfect opportunity to explore the many types of learning available to adults from all walks of life. Through thousands of events and awards ceremonies, Adult Learners’ Week:

  • Recognises the achievements of outstanding individuals and innovative learning projects
  • Encourages participation in different kinds of learning
  • Offers organisations the chance to showcase the learning opportunities that they provide
  • Shapes the debate about adult learning

For more information visit www.niace.org.uk or www.alw.org.uk