PREVIEW: Sister Brother, V&A Museum of Childhood

The V&A Museum of Childhood will present an explores the relationships between siblings and the effects they have on our identity. 

Crystal Raven Luke by Madeleine Waller (c) Madeleine Waller. 

Featuring the work of Madeleine Waller, the display will concentrate on the roles we are given from an early age in a family group and how this becomes a defining part of who we grow up to become.

The set of double, triple and quadruple portraits by Waller were inspired by sociologist Katherine Davies paper “Siblings, Stories and the Self”. Being the youngest of four children and having three children herself, Madeleine was keen to explore the inter sibling relationships and the influence of our sisters and brothers on our identity.

Originally from Australia, the artist moved to London in 1987. After completing a photo-journalism course at London College of Printing, Waller started her career working for newspapers on a range of assignments, but has chosen to focus on portraiture.

A selection of Madeleine Waller’s Portraits of Poets has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and are included in their permanent collection. She has had two books published, East London Swimmers, published by Hoxton Mini Press, and Portraits as part of a year long Residency at the Swedenborg Society in London.

Madeleine Waller is currently Photographer in Residence at Harrow School and she is also working on a Project in Northumberland, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, using Photography to try and improve children’s creative writing skills.

Sister Brother will be on display at the V&A Museum of Childhood from the 25th November until the 20th May 2018. For more information visit:


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