Category Archives: Exhibitions

Christmas travel tickets – Mind the Map Artwork

We’re still busy working on some great new content for next year’s exhibition, ‘Mind the Map‘.

I recently put a call out for used transport tickets that may be used by artist Susan Stockwell to create a large-scale world map. Contributions have been pouring in – thank you! – and we’ve received a huge range of tickets from both the UK and from overseas.

But of course we’re always on the lookout for more! Along with UK tickets we’re really keen to receive travel tickets you may have from cities featured in the Museum’s World City Walk gallery – New Delhi, Shanghai, Tokyo, New York and Paris. But don’t let that limit you – we’re keen to include tickets from all over.

A definite highlight so far was a collection of old London bus tickets from the mid-1900s that were slipped, along with letters and other treasures, through the floorboards of a house by three young children, only to be discovered by subsequent residents years later.

Susan has been busy sorting the tickets and is finalising the design of the artwork, but is eagerly awaiting further contributions before she commits to sticking them down.

If you’re planning any trips over Christmas then we’d love to receive any travel tickets from your journeys. Once again, you can post your tickets and stories to:
Michelle Brown
London Transport museum
39 Wellington St
London
WC2E 7BB

   

 

Jeremy Wood – Mind the Map artist

Next in our exciting line-up of mapping projects is a commission with artist/cartographer Jeremy Wood. Jeremy uses GPS drawing to digitally trace his daily movements and journeys, creating beautifully expressive works of art.

The Museum already has one of Jeremy’s works in its collection – My Ghost – in which his journeys throughout London from 2008-2009 are tracked to reveal a personal cartography. The Museum’s commission will result in a new GPS map of London, to be displayed for the first time in our Mind the Map exhibition.

When I met with Jeremy earlier this year he was busy cycling the length of the Thames, mapping his route along the way in order to create the foundations for his new artwork.

We won’t be revealing the final artwork until next year’s exhibition, however look out for further posts as the work progresses.

You can find out more about Jeremy and his work at: www.jeremywood.net

My Ghost, by Jeremy Wood, 2009

Susan Stockwell – Mind the Map Artist

I recently posted about London Transport Museum’s mapping project with artist Susan Stockwell. I’ve been receiving lots of ticket donations – thank you! We’re still keen to collect as many transport tickets as possible and Susan has put in a special request for international transport tickets, so do get in touch should you like to contribute.

Here’s a bit more information about Susan’s work:

Susan Stockwell’s work takes many forms from small elaborate studies to large scale installations, sculpture, drawings and collage. It is concerned with issues of ecology, geo-politics, mapping, trade and global commerce. The materials used are the everyday, domestic and industrial disposable products that pervade our lives. These materials are manipulated and transformed into works of art that are extraordinary.

Stockwell gained an MA in sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London in 1992. Since then she has exhibited in galleries and museums all over the world including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the National Museum of China in Beijing,Katonah Museum of Art in America and soon London Transport Museum. She has been awarded scholarships, grants and commissions such as a Visiting Arts Taiwan-England Artists Fellowship, an Arts and Humanities Research Council Grant and has recently completed a large public commission World for the University of Bedfordshire. She has taught extensively and taken part in residencies and projects in Europe, America, Australia and Asia. She is based in London, England.

You can find out more about Susan’s work by visiting her website at: http://www.susanstockwell.co.uk

Susan Stockwell’s recent work (detail), a map of the world made from used computer parts. Commissioned by Luton University, 2010

 

Claire Brewster – Mind the Map’s first completed commission

We now have our first completed Mind the Map artwork! London Transport Museum is commissioning a series of new artworks for the exhibition, including the Lost & Found project where by an artwork is created from lost or found transport maps and explores the theme of ‘journeys’.

Paper artist Claire Brewster visited London Transport Museum to search through our large collection of discarded maps, including some sourced from TfL’s lost property office, from which to create her artwork. Claire selected a series of maps from 1987, the year that she moved to London and significant to her own personal journey. You can find out more about Claire’s work at her website: http://www.clairebrewster.co.uk

I recently visited Claire at her studio to interview her about the commission. You’ll have to wait for next year’s exhibition to see the final artwork but for now you can get a behind the scenes look at its making, including details from Claire on her approach and influences:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyjwZV_jN2k

Pocket Underground map from 1987, the year that Claire moved to London

 

Tickets, please!

Do you have a stash of old tickets at home? Would you like to contribute to an amazing new artwork that will become part of a major exhibition?

 

London Transport Museum is working on an exciting new project with artist Susan Stockwell, who has been commissioned to create a map for next year’s exhibition, Mind the Map: inspiring art, design and cartography.

Susan’s artworks often feature recycled materials, from computer parts through to used money, which are transformed into beautiful works of art. On this occasion Susan’s work will be made entirely of used transport tickets.

The artwork will explore the role of tickets not only as a ‘travel enabler’, but as a memory or symbolic representation of a journey. Tickets serve as a souvenir of people’s personal journeys; a memento from a particular point in time, filled with emotions and memories.

Have some transport tickets you’ve been saving? We’re busy collecting as many used transport tickets and associated memories as we can, which may be used in Susan’s artwork.  They can be any transport mode and from any country – winning prize for most unusual ticket so far goes to our Young Consultant, Elvis, and his elephant ride ticket from India. We’d also love to hear any stories or memories you might have related to your donation.

Should you like to contribute, please send your ticket(s), along with a paragraph of associated memories, to:
Michelle Brown
39 Wellington Street
London
WC2E 7BB
email: michelle.brown@ltmuseum.co.uk

If you don’t have any tickets, but would still like to contribute, comment or email us your favourite transport journey – from the regular and mundane to the weird and wonderful, we’d love to hear from you!

       

 

Mind the Map: inspiring art, design and cartography

After much discussion and debate we now have a new title for our Journeys 2012 exhibition! Mind the Map: inspiring art, design and cartography will draw on the Museum’s outstanding map collection to explore the theme of journeys. We’ll be including an incredible range of maps, from diagrammatic and decorative through to digital.
The exhibition will be the largest of its kind – you’ll get to see previously unseen historic material and some fantastic newly commissioned works of art.
We’re also inviting our audiences to participate, both before and during the exhibition, in our exploration of what a map is, can and should be. The art commissions I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, including projects by Stephen Walter, Susan Stockwell and Agnes Poitevin-Navarre are examples of this.
Simon Patterson, The Great Bear (detail), 1992

“Children’s London”

London Transport Museum is currently hosting a celebratory event of the transport related work of John Burningham in its new poster parade “John Burningham: Journeys of Imagination”. Along with his historic commissions created for London Transport and other travel companies, visitors can see an entirely new commission created by John Burningham.

The poster was originally commissioned by London Transport in 1968 but was never completed because of John’s work on “Around the World in Eighty Days” … until now. London Transport Museum re-commissioned the poster entitled “Children’s London” and a team of curators and technicians arrived at the Museum early this morning to ensure the poster was on display in time for the Museum opening at 10am. The poster which is currently on display in the Poster Parade can be seen until the exhibition closes on 1st December. Reproductions are also available for purchase in the Museum Shop.

We think it was definitely worth the 40 year wait and can’t wait to hear your comments.

The Museum is also running a Flickr project based on the theme of Children’s London and we would love to see your submissions. The best entries will receive admission to the Museum and a signed Burningham book. Add your entries at:
www.flickr.com/groups/childrens_london

Installing the new poster parade “John Burningham: Journeys of Imagination”

On Friday 9th September a team of curators and museum technical assistants arrived early at London Transport Museum to install the new extended poster parade, John Burningham: Journeys of Imagination which celebrates the transport related work of the renowned children’s author and illustrator John Burningham.

Poster parades have to be installed early in the morning to be sure that everything is ready for the Museum’s opening at 11am. Today a larger team than usual assisted with the installation which included new features such as an introductory panel, a Flickr wall panel and floor graphics featuring a leaf design taken from one of the featured posters.

The new poster parade, John Burningham: Journeys of Imagination, features 7 out of the 9 posters John made for London Transport in the early 1960s. These posters will feature with John’s rarely seen travel commissions made for other transport companies during the same period.

Part way through the poster parade, a new commission by John will be installed. Children’s London was first commissioned by London Transport in 1968 but was never completed … until now. London Transport Museum has recommissioned this work which will go on display in the poster parade and will also be available for purchase from the Museum shop.

The Fleming Gallery is also hosting their own John Burningham exhibition which will focus on John’s career as a children’s author and illustrator. Their exhibition, John Burningham: An Illustrated Journey runs from 13th September to 22nd December.

Gorilla from “John Patrick Norman McHennessey: The Boy who was Always Late” by John Burningham

Anybody passing London Transport Museum since Tuesday morning may have been surprised to see a giant gorilla suspended from the ceiling in the foyer of the Museum. This new installation is to coincide with the new extended poster parade, “John Burningham: Journeys of the Imagination”.

This new poster parade will celebrate the work of renowned children’s author and illustrator John Burningham. The gorilla, which was installed late on Monday night after the Museum had closed, features in John’s book “John Patrick Norman McHennessey: The Boy who was Always Late”. The gorilla will hang in the Museum foyer until the end of the poster parade, which runs from Friday 9th September to Thursday 1st December.

You can check out some more images of our Gorilla on Flickr

Installing a new Poster Parade

Every few months, London Transport Museum installs a new series of 20 original posters from our collection on the first floor of the Museum. These poster parades are themed – sometimes by the season or a special event taking place, sometimes by temporary exhibitions happening elsewhere in the Museum, or sometimes to promote a project the Museum has undertaken.

Curators and museum technicians need to be in the Museum bright and early so that the installation can be completed before the doors open at 10am. This morning, a team installed 20 posters who represent some of the strongest and most iconic designs from our collection. The display showcases and celebrates our book ‘London Transport Posters: A Century of Art and Design’, which will be coming out in paperback in the coming weeks.

Information about the book can be found at our online shop: http://www.ltmuseumshop.co.uk/ltm/books/art_and_design.html