The V&A Museum of Childhood will explore dreams in a new exhibition on display from the 10th February. 

Matilda, 2017. By pupils at Lauriston Primary School Hackney.jpg
Matilda 2017. By pupils at Lauriston Primary School Hackney. 

This new exhibition at the museum will explore people’s relationships to objects and the power we invest in them, playing with the idea that objects come to life when we are not looking – exactly like our dreams when we are asleep.

Dream On will combine several elements together to examine  the unconscious and an imaginary world between sleep and wakefulness. New work by ceramist Christie Brown has been created in response to the museum’s collection as well as a co-created sculptural installation by young people from St George’s Hospital Tooting and a photography project with primary school children from Lauriston School Hackney.

Christie Brown’s figurative ceramic installation Ludus Est references dolls and toys in the collection and her own childhood memories, while in Baby House Dreams she references some of the museum’s dolls’ houses to create a photographic frieze of a row of houses.

Alongside this, the museum has worked with young people from St George’s Hospital Tooting over 7 weeks to co-create the installation At Play – a fantasy of what some of the museums liberated inhabitants might get up to when everyone has gone home.

Meanwhile, photographer Madeleine Waller and artist Katherine Tulloh have worked with Year 5 children from Lauriston Primary School Hackney over 6 weeks. In doing so they retold, staged, dressed and photographed scenes to create images that illustrate their own dreams in Can We Photograph Our Dreams.

Dream On will be on display at the V&A Museum of Childhood from the 10th February 2018 until the 20th January 2019. For more information visit: http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/exhibitions/dream-on/

 

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