17 May-17 June 2016



Create work inspired by a piece from the V&A.


Inspired by…exhibition
17 May- 17 June 2016

Inspired by… showing at Morley Gallery, London
Monday to Friday 11.00-18.00
Saturday 12.00-16.00 (except Saturday 4 June)
Sunday and Bank Holidays closed

Please note the gallery is closed on Saturday 4 June

Inspired by… is an art competition and exhibition for people in adult education in the UK, inspired by exhibits in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collections.

Inspired byis an art competition and exhibition supported by the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation and NIACE for people in adult education, showcasing new works inspired by exhibits in the V&A’s collections. Run successfully by the V&A for a number of years, the competition has been organised by Morley Gallery since 2014.

Participants  were invited to create a work of art or craft inspired by the collections of either the V&A South Kensington or the V&A Museum of Childhood,

All entries were selected by curators from the V&A and the selected works is exhibited at Morley Gallery from 17 May-17 June 2016.


  • Ceramics
  • Glass & Stained Glass
  • Jewellery
  • Sculpture
  • Textiles & Fashion
  • Printmaking
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Digital Media including photography, video & sound art
  • The Museum of Childhood (MoC)
    – a work in any medium inspired by the MoC.

A number of prizes were awarded on the opening night to winners in each category.  Special prizes were also awarded by the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation, the V&A and The Linbury Trust.

Inspired By … PRIZE WINNERS 2016

Printmaking: A walk along Galé Beach, Nicola Atchley(Morley College)
Ceramics: Walking in the Rain, Lesley Scoble (Hackney Community College)
Jewellery: Contemporary: roller-printed necklace, Heidi Minshall (Morley College)
Drawing & Painting: I want to get dressed and go out, Rebecca Hathaway (Heatherley’s Scool of Fine Art)
Textiles & Fashion: The Leeds to Liverpool Slow Way, Learning Stars (Workers Education Association)
Glass & Stained Glass: The Forest, Dawn James (Kensington and Chelsea College)
Sculpture: Peter and Martin, Patsy Hickman (Mary Ward Centre)
The Museum of Childhood: Interloper, Ruby Wright (Morley College)
Digital Media: Las doce en punto y sereno, Paula Garcia Stone (Morley College)
Victoria and Albert Museum Prize (for best use of V&A Collections): Lea’s Tales, Vanessa Ramasawmy (Richmond Adult Community College)
The Linbury Trust Prize (Highly Commended): Origami Necklace, Nicky MacQuarrie (Morley College)
The Linbury Trust Prize (Highly Commended): Natural World Playing Cards, Rachel Hunt (Putney School of Art and Design)
Rootstein Hopkins Prize (for Outstanding Piece of Work): Needle and Thread, Bren Nevin (Morley College).


V&A collection
Museum of Childhood collection
View this year’s exhibition guide
View last year’s exhibition guide


  • Tuesday 17 May 2016 – Exhibition opens 11.00 at Morley Gallery
  • Saturday 4 June 2016 – Morley Gallery is closed
  • All Sundays and Bank Holidays – Morley Gallery is closed
  • Friday 17 June 2016 – Exhibition closes at 18.00
  • Saturday 18 June 2016 – Collection of work at the end of the exhibition 9.00-13.00
  • Or Monday 20 June 2016 – Collection of work at the end of the exhibition 14.00-19.00