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Interpretations – online exhibitions

MA students
6 December 2021 - 6 March 2022

MA students from the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies use the world’s open access collections to tell stories of provenance in this set of 10 online exhibitions.

The exhibitions were developed as part of Interpretations: an MA course module based on an action learning approach. Students are supported to learn about object research, interpretive practice, text writing, visual communication and marketing through the process of developing an online exhibition.

This is the second year Interpretations has run as an online exhibition module. The students worked with collections that have been made available with clear copyright licences in place for use and in some cases editing, such as The Smithsonian Institution, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Science Museum Group, the Wellcome Collection and the Rijksmuseum.

Visit the exhibitions

A Matter of Taste: How Artistic Representations of Families Have Been Shaped at the Yale Center for British Art

Consent, Coercion, and Constraint: exploring women’s freedom through objects that have shaped their bodies

Constructing Colonialism: The Power of the Written Word draws on the Biodiversity Heritage Library

Dissecting Consent: Exploring the Use of Human Bodies in Medicine Through Time

Onus // noun // one’s responsibility or duty

Personal Belongings: On Display

Serving Sin: How dining depicts good and evil

Small Objects, Big Protest: Everyday objects infused with messages of protest

talking textiles: what can they communicate to you?

The Value of the Unknown


From left:

Illustration by MA student Weng Kei Ip adapted from Equality basketball shoes worn by Lebron James for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ game against the Washington Wizards on December 18, 2017, Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of LeBron James 2017.

Image adapted from Portrait Head of Augustus, Roman Empire, 25–1 B.C. The J. Paul Getty Museum, object no. 78.AA.261.