This blog will follow the progress of design students at Farnham University of Creative Arts, as they create original artworks inspired by Jane Austen's House Museum, Chawton.

The exhibition, "Under the Influence", will be held at the museum 12th June - 10th September 2010.

Monday, 29 March 2010


It's deciding time as to who will show their work in the summer exhibition.

We had a fascinating day of presentations from the 17 students taking part in the project. The students presented a pitch of their ideas, revealing the intricate thought processes undertaken and showing how they'd been influenced by the museum’s collection. It was really absorbing to listen to each artist speak so passionately about their work. Some brought examples and experiments; we were handed porcelain pots, glass bracelets, fragments of ceramic lace and lots of other beautiful pieces.

The reasons behind choosing the particular objects, concepts or area of the house which inspired them were very interesting. It was amazing to see how every individual responded so uniquely to the same overall brief, and provided us with a new perspective on many of the objects.

It’s going to be a very difficult decision as to which work will be displayed…

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