Artwork inspired by a piece from the V&A.


Inspired by the collections of the Victoria and Albert museums

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.

The latest exhibition was shown at Morley Gallery London in June 2016. Information about the next competition will be published here, and via adult art education schools around UK.

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 was 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