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 


  • Reflections on Fisun Güner’s Joseph Cornell Review: Wanderlust, Royal Academy

    Originally posted here Joseph Cornell was the subject of the last blog post, and it’s very fitting indeed for The Museum of Object Research to run another post dedicated to this remarkable object artist. It’s a particular pleasure to provide a link to Fisun Güner’s thoughtful review – I always enjoy Fisun’s perspective as she seems ... read more...
  • Joseph Cornell at the Royal Academy reviewed by Laura Cumming

    Originally posted here www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/jul/05/joseph-cornell-wanderlust-review-exquisite-curiosities I am in awe at the beauty of these works, their breathtaking poetry. If I’m not lucky enough to view this show would any object artists who do like to write their own response for this blog? Send me a message! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on ... read more...
  • The Slazenger Jupiter – an object in transition

    Originally posted here The Slazenger Jupiter – an object in transition, is a glorious new guest blog post by Neil Armstrong. The Museum is very proud to host this post along with all the  fabulous images provided by Neil. In answer to your question Neil – there aren’t too many photos AND I would have happily uploaded more! Thank ... read more...
  • Phil Toledano – When I Was Six

    Originally posted here The Museum for Object Research is once again grateful to object artist Kate Murdoch for sourcing this extraordinary project by Phil Toledano – When I Was Six. A most poignant and powerful example of how objects open up into lost or buried memory, and can both document and contain aspects of our past lives ... read more...
  • Long time no blog…

    Originally posted here It’s been a while since the Museum posted a new blog. This happens. A new idea comes into being and there is a flurry of activity and excitement – beginnings are easy I find. Sustaining the effort and keeping momentum is another matter altogether, and often a hiatus is reached for whatever reason. ... read more...
  • Brass Plate: Tower Works, Leeds

    Originally posted here The Museum of Object Research is delighted to open the New Year with a gleaming post from artist Neil Armstrong, which demonstrates the beauty, depth and power of the object as both symbolic talisman, and vessel of complex histories in our lives. It’s a joy to feature it as our opening post of ... read more...
  • Mourning cushions

    Originally posted here A new object for The Museum – a ‘mourning cushion’ one of a pair made on the death of a father. This post explores the importance of moments of abeyance in the grief process and the allusions and associations contained within the stitches of an object that has the potential to become a ... read more...
  • Cobweb Hat: A Christmas Donation!

    Originally posted here A Christmas/holidays post for The Museum of Object Research, which began with a flourish earlier in the year and has been resting nicely after the initial excitement of it’s opening. It’s a thank you post to all readers and contributors – a growing band of object artists and friends who it’s been a ... read more...
  • “Objects are ideas with the dust of exile upon them”

    Originally posted here The Museum is delighted to welcome Patrick Goodall object artist and art therapist, as guest blogger with this wonderful post about the secret life of objects including a ‘superpower’ to absorb molecules and carry the DNA of memory, person and even place within them. I love the freedom and the range of this post ... read more...
  • Object of Desire

    Originally posted here This playful guest post from object artist and songwriter Elena Thomas is about objects we desire or indeed need to make progress in our work. Objects can facilitate – change what we can do, can they even change us? Objects as enablers is an intriguing and joyful prospect for The Museum to contemplate. I love ... read more...