This year we had an opportunity we could not ignore (not that ignore any opportunity that comes our way!). The Lincolnshire Co-operative and their agents Banks, Long and Co offered us a couple of empty shops right in the heart of the market area as potential exhibition spaces. This was a really nice way of getting our design work out to the ‘real public’ – not just fellow designers, academics and creatives.

Firstly, we had to transform an empty shop into a viable multi-disciplinary exhibition space. Secondly, we had to work alongside MA Fine Art, MA Conservation of Historic Objects, MRes and PhD students in creating a vibrant, coherent and well designed group show. The Vitrine Exhibition became the conceptual link between the disciplines – enabling the public to look in on what we do, but also to discuss the work with those who created it.

So, we started by doing a spot of tidying up…

American designer James Cameron Silva ( is a recent graduate of the MA Design programme. Whilst studying on the course he was able to explore issues of authorship, narrative and visual and sonic form by taking a little know publication by the British author J.B.Priestly and developing a series of work in print, installation and interactive DVD that responded to the contents