Artwork inspired by a piece from the V&A.


Get inspired by the V&A Collections

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

Morley Gallery is currently closed for refurbishment and will open again in spring 2021, so sadly enough we don’t have any dates for the next Inspired by… exhibition yet.

A catalogue of all the works in the Inspired By…2018 exhibition, at Morley Gallery 8-26 May, can be found here.

Inspired byis an arts competition and exhibition supported by the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation, celebrating and showcasing new works inspired by 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  are invited to create work inspired by the collections of either the V&A South Kensington or the V&A Museum of Childhood,


  • 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.

Inspired by… 2018 AWARDS

The V&A prize for best use of V&A Collection

Paul Bonomini The Pardoner

Highly Commended Prize (Supported by Linbury Trust)

Anne-Marie Turnbull Barrel of Brooches
Nicola Atchley A Tidal A-Z

Outstanding Work Prize (Supported by Rootstein Hopkins Foundation)

Jane de Baecke Wabi-Sabi

Printmaking Category

Bren Nevin Aleppo

Sculpture Category

Paul Bonomini The Pardoner

Jewellery Category

Jane de Baecke Wabi Sabi

Glass and Stained Glass

Janine Greenberg  Love Light and Strength

V&A Museum of Childhood Prize

Coral Woods Mechanical Pangolin

Ceramics category

Helen Birnbaum Anticipation

Textiles category

Elena Deshmukh Triptych

Drawing and Painting category

Valerie Burgess I Pinch Myself

Inspired By … 

The judges in each category are listed below:

  • Ceramics: Terry Bloxham, Assistant Curator, Ceramics and Glass
  • Glass and Stained Glass: Terry Bloxham, Assistant Curator, Ceramics and Glass
  • Sculpture: Whitney Kerr-Lewis, Curator, Sculpture
  • Jewellery: Alexandra Jones, Assistant Curator, Metalwork
  • Textiles and Fashion:  Kirsty Hassard, Assistant Curator, Furniture, Textiles and Fashion
  • Printmaking: Gill Saunders, Senior Curator, Prints
  • Drawing & Painting: Katherine Coombs, Curator, Word and Image
  • Photography and Digital Media: Melanie Lenz, Curator of Digital Art
  • Museum of Childhood: Katy Canales, Curator, Museum of Childhood

V&A collection
Museum of Childhood collection
View 2016 exhibition guide
View 2014 exhibition guide