A series of small displays focused around one object, the point of Illuminating Objects is to dust off (sometimes quite literally!) these wonderful, unexpected and largely unknown objects. Each object will remain on display for three months.


The next display in The Courtauld Gallery is from 14 February 2018. Anabel Hazeldine, a Masters student in Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins, London, examines the design and manufacturing of a double-walled piece, a ‘puzzle jug’ from Saintonge in Western France. The display will draw attention to the craft involved in making the pierced motifs of the exterior wall.

The project is delivered in partnership with interns from disciplines outside of the History of Art. Their disciplinary backgrounds have included anthropology, theology and the sciences. Partnership institutions are SOAS, King’s College London, the University of Kent in Canterbury, Imperial College and University College London. Illuminating Objects has been running since 2012.

One of the challenges for the Illuminating Objects Interns is to communicate their research in the Gallery and through the possibilities offered by the website and other digital channels.

Find out more about the objects.