On the Friday 11 November, UAL students will take over the British Museum, the UK’s biggest tourist attraction and second largest Museum in the world, for one exciting night only.
Coordinated by UAL Platform, a programme from the University’s Student Union designed to provide students with exciting opportunities all over London, all UAL students had the chance to submit a project proposal for the event earlier this year.
Out of the 25 projects chosen – workshops, activities, performances, installations all inspired by Grayson Perry’s work and in particular his current exhibition at the Museum, The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman – Chelsea students have come up with some brilliant projects.
Ray Brazier, a second year BA Fine Artist, will be presenting a hands-on workshop in the Craft Fair section on the night – juxtaposing Grayson Perry’s penchant for alter egos and the Museum’s ancient Egyptian artefacts by teaching people how to make transvestite mummy dolls.
The BA Textile course is also presenting a project in the craft fair – teaching people the skill of pom pom making and getting them to hang them on the ‘pom pom tree’ in the middle of the Museum’s Great Court.
Moving into the surrounding galleries of the Museum, Jessica Piddock, studying for a PG Diploma & MA in Fine Art, will be creating ‘Dreamscape’ in room 4 - an interactive installation where visitors can write their dreams and wishes on paper and add them to the undulating waves of the paper sea of wishes.
Also, wandering you around the galleries you may encounter BA Fine Art students William Phong-Ly and Neba Khodyer’s Modern Pilgrimage. Taking the themes of traditional religious pilgrimages from Perry’s exhibition, the pair have curated a pilgrimage around the museum in which you can dress in authentic pilgrim clothing and make a badge as a souvenir of the journey.
The event is completely free and alongside the projects from LCC students there will be a whole host of other activities going on – including a bar, a silent disco and a 2-for-1 student ticket offer to see the Grayson Perry exhibition.