Royal College of Arts Students workshop #1

Last week, Royal College of Arts students, from multiple disciplines, visited Margate to present and test their ideas for an elective, culminating in an interactive exhibition called ‘What You See is Not What You Get’ that will take place on Thurs 28 November at Marine Studios. The RCA elective combines practice and theory investigating what links human physical and mental perceptions, and how ways of seeing leave us susceptible to illusions. An empirical journey into self-understanding and into audience. Students tested their ideas to date, to tutor Dr Carol MacGillivray and HKD director Kate Kneale. We look forward to seeing the end results soon at the exhibition UNEARTH THE UNREAL.  Thursday 28.11.19, 6-8pm

God’s House Tower, Southampton opening!

We’re very excited to be the exhibit designers for the major refurbishment project of one of Southampton’s most important buildings – God’s House Tower. The historic gateway into Old Southampton is open once again. Telling the stories of this extraordinary site through a mixture of interactive exhibit design and artist responses, there are some beautiful, fascinating and challenging moments in the tower as you progress through four floors. See our project page for more info.  

A decade young by the sea & Adventures in Comics

HKD celebrated their 10th birthday in their seaside home – Marine Studios the other week with a supply of cakes that put the Great British Bake Off Final to shame. Thanks to all the contributions – not only to the cake, but the Studio’s 6th iteration of the Adventures in Comics competition that explored the theme ‘Two Halves’. Great to see many faces from the past decade as we look forward to the next!  

10th Birthday Party!

It’s been ten years since we moved the studio from London to Margate. Come and join us for an extraordinary First Friday, as we celebrate a decade by the sea at Marine Studios. To make things extra special we’ll be launching Adventures in Comics 6 – the latest in our ongoing series of comic challenges – a publication and exhibition at the studio.  

Adventures in Comics 6 – Call for Submissions

We are delighted to announce that Adventures in Comics returns this year, as part of Marine Studios’ tenth anniversary celebrations. We are inviting submissions from comic creators worldwide, for the theme ‘The Two Halves’. We’ll be showcasing all the submissions in an exhibition here in Margate, launching on 1 November at our tenth birthday party. An expert judging panel will choose a selection of entries for publication. The Rules: The comic must be an original story based on the title ‘The Two Halves’ The comic must fit onto two pages of A4 paper – landscape or portrait. The comic must be submitted in PDF format to by Monday 30 September 2019. Entry is free to all. If you’re in need of inspiration, you can see previous submissions on the Adventures in Comics website. And don’t forget you can also check out the British Museum Manga exhibition and the newly opened Cartoon Museum.  

V&A Friday Late

Last Friday, we set up a bespoke game for the V&A Friday Late,  with our GEEK hats on, called 'Tippoo or not Tippoo?' reflecting on their extraordinary collections. Visitors donned their respective object tabards and leapt on the board to discover unbelievable truths.  With nearly 5000 people attending the 'All to Play For' Late, we were kept very busy!  Thanks to the V&A for having us and everyone that came to play.

Shenzhen Stock Exchange

It was a real treat to visit the appropriately named ‘Shenzhen Stock Exchange Financial Museum’ that we’ve been working on this year at the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, which lives inside the OMA designed building. There are 200m2 of galleries taking you through the history of stock exchanges: Dutch and British East India companies, right up to date with China’s more recent Shanghai then Shenzhen. Well done team!

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