The North Finchley Town Team partnered with Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MoDA) on the development of this landmark project for the area, inviting five professional artists and designers to collaborate with a recent graduate to create a new piece or collection of work drawing on the MoDA archive.
The aim of the project is to attract new audiences to North Finchley, both local and from across London, to see contemporary objects inspired by this important archive.
The exhibited work is being shown at The Hasler Gallery in the Grand Arcade, and will be the subject matter of a radio programme and book alongside a commissioned series of photographs.
MoDA is a unique resource within the Borough of Barnet. When the North Finchley Town Team began to develop its plans for the Ten Grand Arcade project, which forms part of the North Finchley Outer London Fund regeneration programme, MoDA was one of the first partner-resources contacted.
The Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MoDA) is one of the most important archives of applied arts in London. It was established following the donation of the Silver Studio collection to Hornsey College of Art and Crafts in the late 1960s; Hornsey subsequently became part of Middlesex University. The museum is now an appointment-only facility for students, practitioners and interested public.
The Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture collections form part of a critical network of small archive resources that are an invaluable and under-recognised resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students and young practitioners. Major national archives can be often inaccessible to younger audiences, who need to develop their understanding of and confidence with archival objects, both in terms of handling and interpretation, before they can properly use national collections such as those at the V&A.