Museum for Object Research

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The above images are from the opening of Neither Use Nor Ornament (NUNO)  at OVADA, Oxford, which showcased the work of 14 artists, including writers, who engage with objects in their practice. It included performance, photography, new writing, art walks, sound art, drawing, digital art, sculpture and installation.

Click here for more information about NUNO, including the exhibition catalogue, artist information, Artist Panel video, audio recordings and more.

To read our evaluation documents click here and here

Enjoy our NUNO project film here 


  • Memories are made of this.

    January 13, 2017 This is honestly the best of Twitter. Making accessible the thinkers who can bring your practice on through their insights, and who you instinctively know will get what you’re about. This can only happen when people are open and generous with their time. Thank you Marius! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click ... read more...
  • Beginnings: object love #MfOR

    December 6, 2016 Don’t all museums have a building, curators, attendants and plenty of visitors for company? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)MoreClick to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to ... read more...
  • Lost and Found

    June 8, 2016 Originally posted here This is a painting by my father, José García Lora, painted eleven years into his life-long exile from Spain, due to the Spanish Civil War. My father died in 1989, and it is one of the most precious objects I own. My mother gave it to me for the Barcelona in a Bag project back ... read more...
  • Tread Carefully

    May 25, 2016 a photograph of the corner of a patterned floor rug. a woman's blurred hand is at the top of the imageOriginally posted here Tread Carefully We bought a rug in Tunisia but they kidded us. “I am your waiter – don’t you remember me?” Cajoled onto his catacomb tour; one thousand year eyes stared up at us. “My friend’s shop is better value – it is government controlled” he said. So we descended cold stone to the showroom below. “This one ... read more...
  • 63 Objects From My Son’s Mouth

    May 15, 2016 Originally posted here 63 Objects From My Son’s Mouth, is a project by artist Lenka Clayton, documenting the objects she found in and removed from her baby son’s mouth. The Museum is extremely grateful to object artist Kate Murdoch for the link to this beautiful presented yet challenging piece. Artist Elena Thomas reacts: My initial response to this list of objects was ... read more...
  • The Apron

    May 12, 2016 Originally posted here This blog post appears as the Museum begins to pick up the threads and we welcome visitors once more after a quiet period. It is written in gratitude for two great gifts – those of friendship and insight. Yet again, here at the Museum we find it is the objects which connect us ... read more...
  • Objects of Use

    May 2, 2016 Originally posted here The Museum is delighted to host a blog post by artist Elena Thomas – our first ever contributor – on the theme of “usefulness”. There are exciting developments for the Museum behind the scenes, so watch this space. For now enjoy! Our thanks to Elena for this most thought provoking piece of great relevance to ... read more...
  • Small objects. The pain of Miscarriage.

    April 11, 2016 Originally posted here The Museum for Object Research is grateful once more to object artist Kate Murdoch for the heads up on a heartbreaking photo project by Dianne Yudelson that deals with miscarriage. It is called Lost and takes on the 11 miscarriages she’s had over the course of several years in the form of a photographic record of ... read more...
  • The Visitors

    December 24, 2015 Originally posted here The museum has been quiet since a flurry of excitement about the epic Joseph Cornell exhibition at the Royal Academy this Summer. I must confess that I’m finding it increasingly difficult to focus on this space with so much diversification within my own practice. It’s a shame because the museum holds a wonderful collection of blog posts and ... read more...
  • Joseph Cornell – a meeting of minds

    August 15, 2015 Originally posted here The Museum hosts an unusual blog post about an unusual and supreme object artist. Less about the objects than the neurology, Sonia Boué attempts to explore a like mind. Before taking a break away from work and blogging I took in five major London exhibitions over two days and I am still digesting it ... read more...