Sneaky signs

February 21st, 2011

For Monday’s afternoon session we made some signs for some more creative rules and instructions that we thought we’d like to see in museums and galleries instead of the usual “do not touch”.

Everything is Made: a book cover designed by Bob and Roberta Smith.

We took some design inspiration from the Bob and Roberta Smith paintings in the gallery and produced our hand-made signs on thick cardboard (we didn’t have any wood).

Once we’d made 20-30 of these signs we challenged ourselves to find homes for them somewhere in the New Walk building. We didn’t know if the museum assistants in the other rooms would be on our side or not: would they help us or try and stop us? We decided the best approach might be to try and be sneaky and not be seen by anyone.

Sneaky sign in situ

Reminded of our Inspector’s promises a) to not cause harm to any thing, b) to not cause harm to any one and c) to be AWESOME! we spread out around the building.

Apart from a few of the Inspectors reporting feeling “a bit weird”, all went smoothly and soon Inspectors were challenging each other to find their signs, or to find as many as possible (one team reported finding 20!).

Secretary Lucy and I went for a wander after the MoR had shut for the day. Here are some of the sneaky signs we found:

Hop past this art work

Look up!

Skip on the spot

Please touch me. Don't be scared!

Skip past this picture


Good work, Inspectors!

We left the signs where we found them, so if you’re in the museum over the next couple of days keep your eyes peeled in case you can find some too!

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Find-an-Interesting-Sign challenge

February 13th, 2011

We wanted to make a find-the-sign challenge for the streets around the New Walk Museum and Gallery, but all the signs we found were about things like dog poo and drinking in the streets – frankly a bit too depressing.

So, the Ministry of Rules is instead asking all MoR Inspectors to keep their eyes peeled for interesting signs (for instructions and rules) near them. Can you find any with quirky messages or that are made in an unusual way?

Share any good ones you spot by emailing them to Put the photo’s title in the email’s subject and any other details in the email’s message. You can read more about how to share photos with the MoR here.

Here are some our intrepid test Inspectors have found over the last week:

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Limbering up

February 4th, 2011

We’ve been out and about noticing the different rules and instructions around us…

Always Press This Button

Always Press This Button from Kevan on Flickr

Nil by Mouth by Sam Underwood

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