The National Trust‘s New Art project places contemporary art work into the Trust’s historic settings. The National Trust has worked in partnership with the Arts Council England to support a number of projects since 2009, with the aim of keeping their properties inspiring and alive, drawing links between the new and the old, and encouraging new ways of looking at our national heritage. Details about current exhibitions are available on their website.
Fashion designer Carolyn Massey’s latest menswear range for Asos has been inspired by a collection of photographs from Sydney’s police archives showing criminals from the early 1900s. Images and press coverage about the collection can be seen on Massey’s website.
Digital images of the Victor Stiebel (1907-1976) Archive, held at the London College of Fashion, are now available to view online on the VADS website. Stiebel designed clothes for members of the aristocracy, the royal family, and Hollywood stars. Three sketch books containing designs from the early 1960s have been digitised.
The British Museum’s current exhibition The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman, has been curated by the artist Grayson Perry and includes object’s from the Museum’s collections alongside new works by him. The show explores a range of themes related to notions of craftsmanship and sacred journeys, identity and contemporary culture and runs until 19 Feburary 2012. More information, including a film of Perry talking about the exhibition, can be found on the British Museum’s website.