Thingness: The Collection

Ceramic animals from the Camberwell Collection
Ceramic animals from the Camberwell Collection
Ceramic animals from the Camberwell Collection

Objects selected from the Camberwell Collection.

16 April - 25 May 2013

The exhibition explores the affective potential of objects, as well as a range of approaches by artists and designers working in response to archives and collections. 

The Camberwell Collection originates from a circulating collection assembled by London County Council and later Inner London Education Authority (ILEA) for educational purposes. The items in the collection were collected and circulated in schools between 1951 and 1976. The collection was acquired by Camberwell College of Arts in 1990 following the disbandment of ILEA.

Beginning with a selected group of objects invited artists and designers will respond to the characteristics of the objects. What they infer as their presence in a materialist sense or physiognomic appeal, rather than its intended function. In this way, we hope to bring to light the space between the intended meaning of objects and where the projected meanings and narratives may begin to emerge.

Curated by Karen Richmond and Maiko Tsutsumi in collaboration with conservation technician David Garnett. 

Wooden toy from the Camberwell Collection
Camberwell Collection
Cup and saucer from the Camberwell Collection
Cup and saucer from the Camberwell Collection
Cup and saucer from the Camberwell Collection
Wooden toys from the Camberwell Collection
Wooden toys from the Camberwell Collection
Wooden toys from the Camberwell Collection