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New Design Museum and Artist Studio Visit



Tuesday 29th November




9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Design Museum, Kensington

Nick Hornby’s Studio, Notting Hill

Members Only (please login) Free





Tuesday 29th November 2016


9:00 am to 10:40 am architectural tour of the new Design Museum, Kensington

11:00 am to 11:30 am Nick Hornby’s studio visit, Notting Hill



Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High St, London W8 6AG


Nick Horsnby studio, 18 Powis Terrace, London W11 1JJ



Design Museum’s Director and architecture critic Dejan Sudjic will welcome us and give an introduction to the Design Museum’s new building in its Kensington location, followed by a private tour with Deputy Director Alice Black, including a comprehensive overview of the architectural project as well as the museum’s exhibitions programme ahead. The visit will include an unguided viewing of the opening exhibition Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World, preceded by an introduction.


Studio visit with artist Nick Hornby



The Design Museum is a museum founded in 1989, originally located by the River Thames near Tower Bridge in central London, England. The museum closed on 30 June 2016 and will reopen in its spectacular new location on High Street Kensington on 24 November 2016. The museum covers product, industrial, graphic, fashion and architectural design.


Deyan Sudjic is the current Director of the Design Museum. He succeeded Alice Rawsthorn in 2006. The museum operates as a registered charity, and all funds generated by ticket sales aid the museum in curating new exhibitions. Entrance will be free to the museum’s permanent collection display, Designer Maker User.


In June 2011 Conran donated £17.5 million to enable the Museum to move in 2016 from the warehouse to a larger site which formerly housed the Commonwealth Institute in west London. This unique landmark from the 1960s, a Grade II* listed building that had stood vacant for over a decade, will be transformed by a design team led by John Pawson who will make the building fit for a 21st century museum, whilst at the same time retaining its unique spatial quality.


The move will give the museum three times more space than in its previous location at Shad Thames, with the brand new Swarovski Foundation Centre for Learning, 202-seat Bakala Auditorium and a dedicated gallery to display its permanent collection, which will be accessible free of charge. It will bring the museum into Kensington’s cultural quarter, where it will join the Royal College of Art, V&A, Science Museum, Natural History Museum and Serpentine Gallery.



London-based sculptor Nick Hornby opens the door to his Notting Hill studio to reveal an insight into his inspirations and processes. Delving into art history, Hornby uses cutting edge digital technology to create modern, abstract models that simultaneously convey fragments of renowned sculptures from different viewpoints. Transforming these into three-dimensional pieces by hand via traditional mediums including bronze and marble resin, the result is intriguing, innovative and provocative. “One of the contradictions I try to engage with my work is revealing where things come from; to try to have an object which sits on that knife-edge between revealing all the constituent parts, the citations, and also being something wholly new,” states Hornby. Having won the Clifford Chance Sculpture Prize, the Deidre Hubbard Sculpture Award, the BlindArt Prize and exhibiting internationally at distinguished establishments including Tate Britain, London and The Museum of Arts and Design, New York, this is one artist that shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.


He received his education at the Slade School of Art, University College London and Chelsea School of Art. He was described by ES Magazine as “The New Gormley” and picked for the Evening Standard “Who to Watch in 2010”.


He has exhibited his work in the UK, the US, Greece, and India, including Tate Britain (UK), Southbank Centre (UK), Eyebeam (New York, USA), The Museum of Arts and Design (New York, USA), The Hub (Athens).


He has been reviewed in the New York Times, Frieze, Artforum, and featured in Dazed, Wired, and Time Out, among others.