Collaborating Collections is a new programme of displays which aim to circulate collections from one UAL location, to another. The idea is to inhabit atypical display spaces within each host college, enabling students and staff to engage with previously unfamiliar material.

The second display features material from The David Usborne Collection, open from 7th September – 6th October in the Library at London College of Fashion. After which time the display tours to Chelsea College of Art & Design (Winter 2017/18).

In the broadest sense, David is a collector of tools. The material culture of many different professions and past times is represented in the collection. The display attempts to group the objects into three broad themes, though there are numerous ways to interpret them.







The first theme Familiar looks at objects that are known to us, highlighting how the study of objects can support an understanding of the people who make and use them.

The second theme Diverse displays objects belonging to cultures different to that of the person who acquired them, inviting a wider discussion of collecting practice.

The final theme Surreal uses objects that appear familiar, but lay just beyond our frame of reference. Within an artistic practice, these objects can be used to cultivate curiosity through alternate object readings.

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Enquires about the collections can be directed to UAL’s Object Collections Archivist