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The Foyer: The Curiosity Project
July 21, 2017 @ 12:00 am - September 30, 2017 @ 12:00 am
THE CURIOSITY PROJECT – a collaboration between The Garden Museum and Morley College.
Inspired by the newly reconstructed TRADESCANT ARK at The Garden Museum, Morley College Advanced Textiles students and staff have explored the astonishing diversity of the recorded and surviving 17th century collection of natural, cultural, mythical and curious objects amassed by the Tradescant family at their Lambeth home.
Inherited by Elias Ashmole, the collection eventually formed the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. A selection has been lent to the Garden Museum where the Tradescant family have a famously elaborate tomb, and Elias Ashmole is also buried.
Hybrids of animal, vegetable and mineral form an exhibition of works ranging from fossils to folklore, and the microscopic to monstrous.
The exhibition of student works is showing at the Garden Museum 23 Sept – 15 Oct 2017, with staff work showing concurrently in the Morley College Foyer.