V&A launch open-call for homemade signs and rainbow drawings created during lockdown
The V&A are calling for childrens creations made during the lockdown to be sent in to enter its permanent collection. From rainbow signs created by children to shop signs and hand-written notes posted in public spaces, the V&A is seeking signs
that have been created by individuals and communities in response to the current isolation measures.
These artefacts aim to create and preserve a rich portrait of life under lockdown expressed through visual imagery and displayed by the V&A
Joining UK road signs, public transport maps and street posters, the selected signs will also offer a valuable insight into the history of signage on our streets and the role of printed material in an increasingly digital world.
Brendan Cormier, Design Curator, co-leading the initiative, said: “Due to social distancing measures, what we’ve seen during this crisis is an enormous amount
of written communication taking place in the public sphere from home windows to shop fronts. The sum effect of these signs are that communities are organizing and expressing themselves through the means they have available; by doing so it forms a powerful reflection of the crisis itself.”
Rainbows have become a symbol of hope during the pandemic and different variations have been produced by children over the pass few weeks as thanks and support displayed in peoples home windows and used on social media to thank the NHS staff.
The acquired rainbow signs will join over 40,000 child-related objects in the V&A’s collection including toys, costumes and digital media.
Beginning a major redevelopment post-lockdown, the V&A Museum of Childhood will reopen as a world-leading centre dedicated to empowering child-creativity and this initiative provides the first steps towards this new mission. The new Museum of Childhood, through its collections and displays, will champion learning through play, making and
design, equipping young people with the creative skills and confidence to thrive in the 21st century.
In order to help them build this collection, members of the public are encouraged to submit images of their homemade signs via the email address [email protected]. Expert curators from across the museum will decide on homemade signs that enter the
collection. Everyone can also take part in the discussion on social
media by sharing signs they have seen and using the #homemadesigns
This activity will form an important part of the museum’s work in documenting the crisis, alongside its Pandemic Objects blog series and forthcoming acquisitions for the Rapid Response collection.