London Transport Museum receives many requests for loans from other museums. Loans must be agreed months in advanced to make sure the requested items are available, are of a sound condition, that conservation requirements are met and to make sure all the relevant paperwork is completed in time for the exhibition opening.
Last week, London Transport Museum received back 7 posters and 1 enamel sign that had been loaned by Brighton University for their exhibition, Out of the Shadows: MacDonald Gill, which ran from 22nd July – 31st August. The exhibition brought together the seven maps that MacDonald Gill created for London Transport with commissions from marketing and communications companies such as the Empire Marketing Board.
His work is renowned for the great detail and the humourous captions that run alongside them.
It was great to see so many wonderful pieces by Gill brought together in one place!
In one year from today London Transport Museum will open a major exhibition for 2012 that will draw on our outstanding historic map collection, exploring the theme of Journeys. Along with historic maps we’ll be displaying some fantastic newly commissioned artworks by artists such as Stephen Walter, Simon Patterson, Susan Stockwell, Jeremy Wood and Agnes Poitevin-Navarre, with more to artists to be confirmed.
Want to be involved? A number of these projects will be shaped using public content, meaning that you’ll be able to contribute directly to the artworks. Stephen Walter, for example, is currently asking for your comments for his Subterranean Map of London.
There are some seriously exciting projects underway and we’ll be posting regularly on their development. Stay tuned…
Hub, 2007-2010, © Stephen Walter
Hub (detail), 2007-2010, © Stephen Walter
Stephen Walter’s maps and landscapes set out to challenge our first impressions, exploring ideas about beauty and desire within the politics of space, and the micro- and macrocosms in which we live. Under the guise of traditional techniques, his work reveals a myriad of words and symbols. The fantastical additions, references to history, trivia, personal experiences and local knowledge merge older notions of Romanticism with a fascination in the intricacies and the contradictions of our modern world.