Victoria and Albert Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
South Kensington
London
Greater London
SW7 2RL
England

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Website

www.vam.ac.uk

E-mail

vanda@vam.ac.uk

Telephone

020 7942 2000

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The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is the world’s greatest museum of art and design.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

10.00 to 17.45 daily
10.00 to 22.00 Fridays (selected galleries remain open after 18.00 - please see Gallery Closures for further information)
Closing commences 10 minutes before time stated

Closed 24, 25 and 26 December

Admission charges

Admission free
There may be a charge for some special exhibitions and events

Getting there

London Underground (The Tube): The V&A is a five minute walk from South Kensington underground station (on the Piccadilly, Circle and District Line). South Kensington is a five minute tube journey from Victoria, ten minutes from Covent Garden and Leicester Square and 15 minutes from King's Cross St Pancras.

The V&A is a ten minute walk from Knightsbridge underground station (on the Piccadilly Line). Knightsbridge is a ten minute tube journey from Covent Garden and Leicester Square and 15 minutes from Kings Cross St Pancras.

Bus: Buses C1, 14, 74 and 414 stop outside the Cromwell Road entrance. The Open Tour stop outside the Museum as part of their Double Decker Bus site-seeing tour of London.

Additional info

See website for details

The Victoria and Albert Museum's collections span two thousand years of art in virtually every medium, from many parts of the world, and visitors to the museum encounter a treasure house of amazing and beautiful objects. The Museum was established in 1852, following the enormous success of the Great Exhibition the previous year. Its founding principle was to make works of art available to all, to educate working people and to inspire British designers and manufacturers.

The Museum's ceramics, glass, textiles, dress, silver, ironwork, jewellery, furniture, sculpture, paintings, prints and photographs now span the cultures of Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa, and date from ancient times to the present day.

Although the V&A's collections are international in their scope, they contain many particularly important British works - especially British silver, ceramics, textiles and furniture.

Part of the RIBA Trust's British Architecture Library, a Designated Collection of national importance, is on display at this museum.

The collection provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of architecture. It is fundamental to the study of architecture in Britain and is nationally and internationally significant.

Items from this collection

Collection details

World Cultures, Weapons and War, Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Photography, Personalities, Performing Arts, Music, Fine Art, Design, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives, Architecture, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • The British Galleries 1500-1900 tell the story of British design from the Tudor age to the Victorian era. Fifteen completely refurbished galleries are filled with exhibits reflecting all of the top British designers of the times. The galleries are enhanced by computer interactives, objects to handle, video screens and audio programmes. Highlights include the gigantic Great Bed of Ware (mentioned in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night) and the wedding suit worn by James II. Inspirational, beautiful and unmatched in scope, the British Galleries offer an entirely new visitor experience in a stunning and innovative setting.
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

DISPLAY: In Black and White: Prints and Posters from Africa and the Diaspora

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 June 2015 *on now

DISPLAY: This display features a variety of powerful graphic images from the 1960s to the present – prints, posters, books and ephemera – by notable artists as well as anonymous activists. Some works address social and political issues head on, others reflect their time and place more subtly, but they all confirm print as a vital medium for personal expression, protest, and cultural exchange.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3339/in-black-and-white-prints-from-africa-and-the-diaspora-4770/

Visualisation of the courtyard, showing the café,  new entrance and the revealed heritage façades

DISPLAY: Exhibition Road Building

  • 27 November 2014 — 15 October 2016 *on now

The V&A Exhibition Road Building Project will create a beautifully designed new entrance, gallery, courtyard, shop and café. The display includes models, visualisations, sketches and mock ups that trace the process of this innovative scheme from the early history of the 'boiler house yard' site, through the design competition and the development of AL_A’s winning scheme, to the build itself.
Displays complement our permanent collections; there are many free temporary displays around the V&A. They range in size from a single case to a room.

Room 20

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3817/exhibition-road-building-5353/

Collage of images depicting activists with shields and clubs

DISPLAY: In Black and White: Prints from Africa and the Diaspora

  • 29 November 2014 — 6 July 2015 *on now

DISPLAY: This display features a variety of powerful graphic images from the 1960s to the present – prints, posters, books and ephemera – by notable artists as well as anonymous activists.

Some works address social and political issues head on, others reflect their time and place more subtly, but they all confirm print as a vital medium for personal expression, protest, and cultural exchange.

Displays complement our permanent collections, there are many free temporary displays around the V&A. They range in size from a single case to a room.

Paintings, Room 88a and The Julie and Robert Breckman Gallery

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3339/in-black-and-white-prints-from-africa-and-the-diaspora-4770/

digitally produced print with pattern of squares with light blue, red, orange and yellow

DISPLAY: Print of the Month WW1

  • 14 January — 30 December 2015 *on now

Frieder Nake (born 1938) was one of the first people to exhibit computer drawings as works of art. This work was produced using an algorithm written by the artist. He introduced random variables into the process, which meant he could not fully predict the outcome.

6 – 31 January 2015, monthly changing

National Art Library opening times
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday: 10.00 - 17.30, Friday: 10.00 - 18.30

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4217/print-of-the-month-ww1-324506854/

drawing in shades of grey of an antique vase with two handles on the side

DISPLAY: The Curious Neoclassical Vision of Ennemond-Alexandre Petitot

  • 1 February — 25 October 2015 *on now

Petitot was responsible for some of the most captivating and eccentric neoclassical ornamental designs ever produced.

Petitot received a classical training in Lyons, Paris and Rome and won the prestigious post of court architect to the Duke of Parma in 1753. He executed a diverse range of commissions for the ducal palace and other important interiors, bringing a distinctly French aesthetic to the
architecture and gardens of Parma. In two famous suites of ornament prints published in the 1770s Petitot gave full reign to his imagination and ensured his legacy as one of the most original exponents of Neoclassicism. These prints and a number of Petitot’s drawings and works by other influential architects and designers form the focus of this display.

Displays complement our permanent collections; there are many free temporary displays around the V&A. They range in size from a single case to a room.

Gallery 102

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3821/the-curious-neoclassical-vision-of-ennemond-alexandre-petitot-5359/

Illustratation of an owl and a cat on a boat

DISPLAY: Nursery Classics: Frederick Warne's Fine Art Picture Books

  • 3 February — 11 May 2015 *on now

By the end of the century Warne's catalogues included such illustrators as Edward Lear, Walter Crane, Randolph Caldecott, Kate Greenaway and Leslie Brooke. In 1901 a little known illustrator, Beatrix Potter, approached the firm with a story of a naughty little rabbit; The tale of Peter Rabbit (1902) was an immediate success and assured Warne’s presence in children’s publishing to date.

Displays complement our permanent collections; there are many free temporary displays around the V&A. They range in size from a single case to a room.

Displays complement our permanent collections; there are many free temporary displays around the V&A. They range in size from a single case to a room.

The National Art Library

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3819/nursery-classics-frederick-warnes-fine-art-picture-books-5357/

Photo of a young man taking a photo with an old-fashioned camera

DISPLAY: Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s

  • 16 February — 24 May 2015 *on now

All of the photographs are from the V&A Collection and were acquired as part of the project Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s, a collaboration with Black Cultural Archives funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The aim is to increase the number of black British photographers and images of black Britain in the V&A. The photographs collected, together with oral histories gathered by Black Cultural Archives, will raise awareness of the contribution of black Britons to British culture, society, and the art of photography.

Black Cultural Archives promotes education about the cultural identity and history of people of African and African-Caribbean descent in Britain. A concurrent exhibition, also drawn from the V&A’s Staying Power collection, will be on view at the organisation’s heritage centre from 15 January 2015.

Find out more about the Staying Power project and Black Cultural Archives exhibition by following the link on the left.

Displays complement our permanent collections; there are many free temporary displays around the V&A. They range in size from a single case to a room.

Gallery 100

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3826/staying-power-photographs-of-black-british-experience-1950s-199-5364/

Alexander McQueen Ready to Wear A/W 1998

EXHIBITION: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

  • 14 March — 2 August 2015 *on now

EXHIBITION: Celebrating the extraordinary creative talent of one of the most innovative designers of recent times, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty will be the first and largest retrospective of McQueen's work to be presented in Europe.

The V&A is delighted to announce that it will present Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in London in spring 2015. The first and largest retrospective of the late designer’s work to be presented in Europe, the exhibition will showcase McQueen’s visionary body of work. Spanning his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection, McQueen’s designs will be presented with the dramatic staging and sense of spectacle synonymous with his runway shows.

The original version of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2011 was organised by the Costume Institute and became one of the Museum's top 10 most visited exhibitions.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£17.60 Full, including donation* (+£1.50 booking fee per ticket)
£16.50 Senior citizens, including donation* (+£1.50 booking fee per ticket)
£16 Full (+£1.50 booking fee per ticket)
£15 Senior citizens (+£1.40 booking fee per ticket)
£9 Full-time students, 12 - 17 year olds, ES40 holders, disabled people (+£1.20 booking fee per ticket)
£25 (+£3.10 booking fee per ticket)/£41 (+£3.40 booking fee per ticket). Family tickets (one adult & two 12 - 17 year olds/ two adults and two 12 - 17 year olds)

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/savagebeauty

All of this Belongs to You

  • 1 April — 19 July 2015 *on now

At a time when Britain is engaged in the democratic process of an election, the V&A examines the role of public institutions in contemporary life and what it means to be responsible for a national collection.

A series of specially commissioned interventions around the Museum raise questions about the opportunities, obligations and limits to participation in this national institution.

The exhibition acts as a laboratory for public life and explore the role of design and architecture in defining civic identity, technology, security, citizenship, democracy, the public realm and urban experience.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/all-of-this-belongs-to-you/all-of-this-belongs-to-you/

What is Luxury?

  • 25 April — 27 September 2015 *on now

What is Luxury? will interrogate ideas of luxury today. It will address how luxury is made and understood in a physical, conceptual and cultural capacity.

Extraordinary works of craftsmanship will be on display including a couture gown by fashion designer Iris van Herpen and fine examples of haute horlogerie by British watchmaker George Daniels, alongside more unexpected projects which explore the cultural value of materials such as gold, diamonds and plastic.

The future of luxury will be explored, asking questions about the role that time, space, privacy, well-being, social inclusivity and access to resources and skill may play in determining our choices and aspirations.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/what-is-luxury/visitor-information/

a photo of a high heeled shoes contained within a metal-like mesh

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

  • 13 June 2015 — 31 January 2016

This exhibition looks at the extremes of footwear from around the globe, presenting around 200 pairs of shoes ranging from a sandal decorated in pure gold leaf originating from ancient Egypt to the most elaborate designs by contemporary makers.

It considers the cultural significance and transformative capacity of shoes and examines the latest developments in footwear technology creating the possibility of ever higher heels and dramatic shapes.

Examples from famous shoe wearers and collectors are shown alongside a dazzling range of historic shoes, many of which have not been displayed before.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/shoes-pleasure-and-pain/

Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1854-1860

  • 24 June — 11 October 2015

This display features some of the earliest and most striking views of the landscape and architecture of India and Burma, by a pioneering British photographer.

While on leave from his post as an officer in the Madras Infantry, Linnaeus Tripe mastered photography and was commissioned as 'Photographer to the Madras Government'.

His images combine the eye of a surveyor with the sensibilities of an artist. The display is a collaboration between the V&A, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/captain-linneaus-tripe-photographer-of-india-and-burma,-1854-1860/captain-linneaus-tripe-photographer-of-india-and-burma,-1854-1860/

Isa Genzken: Basic Research Paintings

  • 30 June — 6 September 2015

Isa Genzken is one of the most important and influential artists of the last forty years. Since the early 1970s, Genzken has developed an extraordinary practice as evidenced through museum shows such as her recent retrospective at MoMA, New York in 2014. Increasingly ambitious displays of the artist’s work have tended toward a focus on large-scale sculptures, installations and impressive wall mounted panel works. Lesser known are her paintings.

Having experimented with a variety of different materials and art forms, to include assemblage and photography, film and video, Genzken also produced two prominent series of paintings spanning the late-80s and early 90s. This included her MLR (More Light Research) works from the early 90s, and the Basic Research paintings produced between 1989 and 1991. The latter have rarely been shown in isolation, or in the context of a freestanding painting show.

The Basic Research paintings are compelling in that they invite scrutiny from the micro to the macro, revealing themselves as close-up impressions of urban architecture, or aerial views of alien landscapes. By dint of their being a married couple at the time, these works are sometimes compared to the abstract paintings of Gerhard Richter. By contrast, Genzken’s approach to abstract painting is emboldened through a more straightforward and direct method, using a limited palette that rarely strays from a range of naturalistic hues such as dark green or brown.

Suitable for

Admission

Entry with Day Membership (£1)

Website

http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions

The Fabric of India

  • 3 October 2015 — 10 January 2016

The highlight of the V&A’s India Season, this is the first major exhibition to explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India. It includes a spectacular 18th-century tent belonging to Tipu Sultan, a stunning range of historic costume, highly prized textiles made for international trade, and cutting-edge fashion by celebrated Indian designers.

Showcasing the best of the V&A’s world-renowned collection together with masterpieces from international partners, the exhibition will feature over 200 objects ranging from the 3rd to the 21st century. Objects on display for the first time will be shown alongside renowned masterworks and the very latest in Indian contemporary design. The astonishing skills and variety evident in this incomparably rich tradition will surprise and inform even those with prior knowledge of the subject, and is sure to delight visitors.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/the-fabric-of-india/about-the-exhibition/

Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection

  • 21 November 2015 — 28 March 2016

Spectacular objects, drawn from a single private collection, explore the broad themes of tradition and modernity in Indian jewellery.

Highlights include Mughal jades, a rare jewelled gold finial from the throne of Tipu Sultan, and pieces that reveal the dramatic changes that took place in Indian jewellery design during the early 20th century.

The exhibition examines the influence that India had on avant-garde European jewellery made by Cartier and other leading houses and will conclude with contemporary pieces made by JAR and Bhagat, which are inspired by a creative fusion of Mughal motifs and Art Deco ‘Indian’ designs.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-bejewelled-treasures-the-al-thani-collection/about-the-exhibition/

Julia Margaret Cameron

  • 28 November 2015 — 14 February 2016

Supported by The Bernard Lee Schwartz Foundation
This donation was made possible by the American Friends of the V&A

To mark the bicentenary of the birth of Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879), one of the most important and experimental photographers of the 19th century, the V&A presents 100 of her photographs from the Museum’s collection.

The exhibition will examine her relationship with the V&A’s founding director, Sir Henry Cole, who presented the first museum exhibition of her work (and the only one during her lifetime).

It includes a number of works given and sold directly by Cameron to the Museum, letters written by Cameron to Cole that reveal her questions on technical and practical matters, and Sir Henry Cole’s diary which describes sitting for a portrait by Cameron.

The works on display show Cameron’s technical experiments in striving to make highly artistic photographs which she expected would ‘electrify you with delight and startle the world’.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/julia-margaret-cameron/about-the-exhibition/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
photogrpah of gold buddha

Arts of South and Southeast Asia and the Islamic Middle East

  • 22 September 2014 — 6 July 2015 *on now

Discover the art and archaeology of Asia, from the Himalayas and the Indian Subcontinent to the island nations of Southeast Asia.

The origins of the ancient religions of Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism will be explored and their subsequent impact across the region. Temple architecture and sculpture, paintings and manuscripts give an insight to ritual practice and belief in different settings. Artistic innovations in ceramics, textiles, metalwork and lacquer display distinct regional characteristics as well as shared features transmitted through cultural exchange and commerce. The advent of Islam across the Middle East and later to the Mughal courts of India and Southeast Asia introduced a new set of artistic stimuli.

Islamic art will be examined in religious and secular contexts in a range of media up to the modern period. Finally, the impact of trade, diplomacy and colonialism will be explored, and the lasting artistic legacy of social and political developments which shaped the early modern era.

Suitable for

Admission

£1,750 per year, £1,400 concessions
£730 per term, £550 concessions
£60 per day, £45 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3461/arts-of-south-and-southeast-asia-and-the-islamic-middle-east-1-4929/

Jardin de Paris

NEW COURSE: Art and the City, Ancient to Modern

  • 22 September 2014 — 13 July 2015 *on now

(3 terms) 11.00-15.30

Many celebrated artists have been closely associated with major European and American cities, often making the city itself a subject of their work. From ancient Athens and Rome to New York, via Renaissance Florence, late 19th century Paris and interwar Berlin, cities have long been centres for artistic communities and movements.

The course will examine case studies on ancient Athens and Rome, medieval visions of the city, Renaissance Florence, Rome and the Baroque, Paris and Impressionism, Berlin and the inter-war period, New York and the Abstract Expressionists, as well as considering the development of the art world and artistic communities in cities such as London and Barcelona. Major figures like Raphael, Titian, Manet, Picasso, Dali, Pollock and Warhol will be considered as well as critics, dealers, patrons and lesser-known artists, designers and architects.

Admission

£1,750 per year, £1,400 concessions
£730 per term, £550 concessions
£60 per day, £45 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3453/art-and-the-city-ancient-to-modern-4921/

photogrpah of scandinavian chair

Scandinavian Art and Design: 1850 - 1950

  • 23 September 2014 — 18 November 2015 *on now

Discover some of the highlights of a period during which painters, sculptors and designers in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland achieved a leading place in European art.

The late 19th-century saw an upsurge in artistic creativity across the Nordic region. With painters like Edvard Munch and Vilhelm Hammershøi winning international prominence and notoriety, Scandinavian artists and designers were also in the vanguard of a movement to revive the traditional crafts and raise their status as objects of aesthetic value.

In the process they achieved international acclaim: from the silverware of Georg Jensen in Denmark to the furniture of Alvar Aalto in Finland, Scandinavia won a place at the vanguard of modern design, and moved from the periphery to the centre of the European art world.

Led by Dr. Kathy McLauchlan, V&A Course Director Rococo to Art Nouveau

8 weeks, Tuesdays, 23 September – 18 November (half term: 28 October)

10.30-13.00

Suitable for

Admission

£295, £250 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3428/scandinavian-art-and-design-1850-1950-4887/

The Virgin and Child, statuette in carved boxwood, by Viet Stoss, German, early 16th century

Late Medieval to Early Renaissance 1250–1500

  • 23 September 2014 — 7 July 2015 *on now

(over 3 terms), 11.10-15.30

Examine the visual arts in an era of profound cultural, intellectual and social change. Chart important stylistic developments from High Gothic to the renaissance revival of classical antiquity, the rise of realistic representation and the emergence of artistic personalities.

Consider patterns of patronage: the collective enterprise of the great gothic cathedrals, the magnificence of princes and popes, and the growing spending power of the middle classes. Discover how the arts were affected by devotional practices and by humanist scholarship, and investigate the materials and techniques involved in artistic production. Study the work of well-known painters, sculptors and
architects from Giotto to Leonardo da Vinci alongside the decorative arts, including tapestry, stained glass, goldsmiths’ work and maiolica, all superbly represented in the V&A’s acclaimed Medieval and Renaissance Galleries.

Course Director: Dr Paula Nuttall

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£1,750 per year, £1,400 concessions
£730 per term, £550 concessions
£60 per day, £45 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3458/late-medieval-and-early-renaissance-1250-1500-1415-4926/

Bracket clock

High Renaissance to Baroque: 1500 – 1720

  • 24 September 2014 — 8 July 2015 *on now

(over 3 terms), 11.10-15.30

Explore the art, architecture and decorative arts of Europe from the High Renaissance to Baroque, focusing on Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands and England. It will include the work of some of Europe’s most celebrated artists and architects, such as Michelangelo, Bernini, Wren, Rembrandt and van Dyck. During this period the Renaissance filtered through from Italy, affecting all the arts.

The invention of printing meant that books and prints reached a new and wider audience, and quickly popularised new styles. At the same time the Reformation wrought havoc with the established order and a century of war and revolution followed. In some parts of Europe iconoclasm meant the destruction of religious art, and by the mid 17th century Europe was divided into Roman Catholic and Protestant states.

The course examines changes in patronage, with the rise of a prosperous middle class wanting portraits and genre paintings as well as consumer goods such as maiolica and textiles; it considers the effect of wars and economic policies on the production of art, metalwork and furniture, and the influence of trading voyages on imports of luxury goods from the East.

Course Director: Dr Kathy McLauchlan

Admission

£1,750 per year, £1,400 concessions
£730 per term, £550 concessions
£60 per day, £45 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3459/high-renaissance-to-baroque-1500-1750-1415-4927/

image of object from rococo to art nouveau

From Rococo to Art Nouveau: 1720-1900

  • 25 September 2014 — 9 July 2015 *on now

Gain a unique perspective on one of the most dynamic periods in the history of European art.

Consider the relationship between the visual arts and the wider political and cultural context of the period and explore themes such as taste, patronage and the art market. This course encompasses Rococo, Romanticism, Impressionism and Art Nouveau. It not only covers the fine arts, such as painting and sculpture, but also design, architecture and popular visual culture.

The programme of lectures, together with close examination of important objects in the V&A’s collections, demonstrate the complex changes taking place in various branches of the visual arts over a 200-year period.

Course Director: Dr Kathy McLauchlan

Suitable for

Admission

£1,750 per year, £1,400 concessions
£730 per term, £550 concessions
£60 per day, £45 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3460/from-rococo-to-art-nouveau-1720-1900-1415-4928/

photograph of object from early medieval

Early Medieval: 300 – 1250

  • 26 September 2014 — 17 July 2015 *on now

Celebrate the Museum’s world-class early medieval collection. Spanning the period from the fourth to the mid 13th century, the course covers the rise of Christianity in the East and West, and demonstrates how patrons and artists of the early Middle Ages transformed Classical principles to meet the aspirations of the new world order.

Buildings and artefacts as diverse as Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the Gloucester Candlestick, the Gospels of Henry the Lion and the Alfred Jewel, will be set within their historical context, and interpreted in terms of their patronage, materials and techniques, function and original setting.

Course Director: Dr Sally Dormer

Suitable for

Admission

£1,750 per year, £1,400 concessions
£730 per term, £550 concessions
£60 per day, £45 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3457/early-medieval-300-1250-1415-4925/

V&A Workshop

V&A Museum Skills

  • 17 February — 19 May 2015 *on now

12 WEEK COURSE: Are you considering a career in galleries and museums? This new course draws on the expertise of key V&A staff and provides an insight into the skills required for working within the museum industry.

Topics include the planning and delivery of Learning, Interpretation, Press and Marketing, Visitor Engagement, Curating, Fundraising and Publishing.

10.30-16.00

12 weeks, Tuesdays, 17 February – 19 May 2015
(Half term: 31 March & 7 April)

Course Leader: Jo Banham, Head of Adult Learning, V&A

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£900, £775 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3477/va-museum-skills-4960/

All of This Belongs to You - Friday Evenings

  • 3 April — 8 May 2015 *on now

Guest speakers will consider questions of civic life and open up the debate to the public in a variety of ways.

April 3, 17, 24

May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

June 5, 12, 19, 26

July 3, 10, 17

All panel talks or lectures take place in Seminar Room 3, Learning Centre.

18.30-21.30

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4675/all-of-this-belongs-to-you-friday-evenings-49374527/

photograph of item of jewellery

Bedazzled: A History of Jewellery

  • 15 April — 24 June 2015 *on now

Trace the history of Western jewellery over the past 800 years by studying the comprehensive collection of over 3,500 jewels presented in the V&A’s William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery.

Explore how fashions in dress determined what jewellery was worn, the influence of international styles and art movements on designs, and how jewels have reflected political or economic changes and major cultural events.

While adornment is a function of jewellery, it also conveys messages and marks special occasions - christening, marriage, childbirth and death. From the cradle to the grave, jewels may express hope, sorrow, devotion, and ambition. Explore the symbolism of jewels, the ingenuity of goldsmiths, and how the trade in precious metals and gemstones led to new designs and ideas.

10.30-13.00

10 weeks, Wednesdays, 15 April – 24 June 2015
(Half term: 27 May)

£365, £300 concessions

Course Leader: Dr. Beatriz Chadour-Sampson, Jewellery Historian

Suitable for

Admission

£365, £300 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3466/bedazzled-a-history-of-jewellery-4943/

photograph of dutch painting

The Dutch Golden Age: 17th Century Art and Design

  • 16 April — 25 June 2015 *on now

This course explores Dutch art and society in the Golden Age – the time of Vermeer, Hals and Rembrandt.

This young Dutch Republic emerged as a global power during the Eighty Years War with Spain. The Dutch East India Company (VOC) was founded in 1602, followed by the West India Company (WIC) in 1621. Global trade brought unprecedented riches to local merchants whose portraits show them in all their finery, often in lavish domestic settings. It also brought a wealth of exotic imports to the country, which we find back in interior genre scenes painted by De Hooch, Metsu and Steen. Imported porcelain inspired the development of local tin-glazed pottery known as Delftware, while the design of oriental ceramics was in turn influenced by European taste.

In a period also noted for its sculpture, tapestries and carved tables, this course investigates the artists and practitioners associated with this great cultural flowering.

11.00-15.30

10 Weeks, Thursdays, 16 April – 25 June 2015
(Half term: 28 May)

£530, £450 concessions

Course Leader: Dr Sophie Oosterwijk, FSA

Suitable for

Admission

£530, £450 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3482/the-dutch-golden-age-17th-century-art-and-design-4948/

Alton Towers Triptych

From Word to Image and Back Again: Iconography and Symbolism in Medieval Art

  • 20 April — 22 June 2015 *on now

10.30-13.00

8 WEEK COURSE: Through the long period of the Middle Ages a repertory of images developed. Drawn from Christian and Romantic texts, they were formulated in response to the conceptual significance of each text.

In the process, for example, wise men became kings, Christ came to be crucified on a tree, and the serpent in Eden was endowed with the face of a woman. The process was continuous and protean, reflecting changing preoccupations in contemporary society, but always underpinned by key biblical, liturgical, devotional and hagiographic texts on the one hand and widely circulated tales from chivalric romance on the other. This course will explore these developments thematically.

We will work closely with key texts, and will consider the contexts which had a bearing on iconographic development. Although we can never fully understand the significance of medieval imagery, the course will attempt to move a little closer to the mindsets of the Middle Ages.

Course Leaders: Dr Cathy Oakes, Art Historian with Dr. Sally Dormer, V&A Year Course Director, Early Medieval

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£295, £250 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3470/from-word-to-image-and-back-again-iconographyand-symbolism-in-m-4952/

Alan Edwards, sitting on the floor with crossed legs and some artwork nehind him

Always Print The Myth: PR and the Modern Age

  • 21 April — 9 May 2015 *on now

Edwards will be giving a unique insight into one of the most influential forces in modern society – Public Relations.

Alan will reflect on the evolving role of PR within fashion, culture, media, entertainment and sports - examining the way that PR shapes the news we read and the stories we believe. He will be joined by a range of influential guests including Dylan Jones, Editor of GQ magazine, renowned music photographer Dennis Morris and Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller. As a backdrop to the event, Alan has selected unique photographs, press cuttings and diary entries from his campaign archives to illustrate his themes.

For full programme of events and guests of the event, please visit:
http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4567/always-print-the-myth-pr-and-the-modern-age-1965947635/

Tuesday 21 April – Saturday 9 May, 19.00-20.30 & 20.30-22.00
(excluding Sundays and Mondays)

£18 (includes a glass of wine)

Meeting point Secretariat Gate entrance

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4567/always-print-the-myth-pr-and-the-modern-age-1965947635/

Performance Festival 2015

  • 23 April — 3 May 2015 *on now

Celebrating performance, place, politics and process, this year's performance festival marks the acquisition of legendary director Peter Brook’s personal papers.

The festival programme includes free screenings, talks, workshops and performances.

Celebrate Brook's influence with a one day conference or experience pop-up poetry by Live Canon and lively discussion from theatre companies, Border Crossings and Freedom Theatre.

Please see programme for further details. For bookable events follow the links on left.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4920/performance-festival-2015-878708688/

Digital Design Drop-In

  • 25 April — 20 June 2015 *on now

See ‘show and tell’ presentations of new cutting-edge projects and chat with them about their work.

Saturday 25 April
Saturday 23 May
Saturday 20 June

13.00 – 16.00

Free, Drop-in, no booking required

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4873/date/20150425/

Digital Futures

  • 28 April — 23 June 2015

The programme offers participants, who include students, researchers and creative practitioners, opportunities to show and discuss work, but also a platform to network and nurture discussion and future collaborations.
Digital Futures is currently taking place in collaboration with and hosted by The White Building.
The White Building, run by SPACE, is an incubator for discursive and innovative thought, it serves as a testing ground and creative lab for artists and creatives whose work engages with technology.

The White Building Unit 7, Queen's Yard White Post Lane London E9 5EN
http://thewhitebuilding.org.uk/

Tuesday 28 April
Tuesday 26 May
Tuesday 23 June

16.00 – 20.30

Free, Drop-in

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4874/digital-futures-868697657/

Marseille

Travel in Style: Art Deco Ocean Liners, Grand Victorian Hotels and Edwardian Trains

  • 29 April — 24 June 2015

14.00-16.30

Rapidly advancing technology has enabled us to reach ever more places across the planet at high speeds and in greater comfort and safety. Whether for work or pleasure the experience of getting from A to B is of more interest than ever.

Explore two centuries of travelling in its complexity and variety. The course is organised around three themes, water, land and air, with an additional session devoted to personal transportation. Study a wide range of vehicles, from the thrilling pomp of the Pullman car and the glamorous but formidable world of the ocean liner to the confining tubular space of the airliner fuselage. Chart the evolving design of these and other transportation types against the backdrop of international politics, economics and style.

Consider too the innovative hotels, terminals and other transport architecture that provided the infrastructure for great vehicles and vessels throughout our age of expanding mass travel, along the way examining such issues as changing tastes, new patterns of leisure, and evolving notions of comfort. Learn how pioneers and entrepreneurs employed science and art in buildings, vehicles, vessels, and even fashion to enhance and to rationalise the traveller’s experience.
Course Leader: Dr Gregory Votolato, architect, curator, teacher and writer

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£295, £250 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3468/travel-in-style-art-deco-ocean-liners-grand-victorian-hotels-a-4950/

photo of an old wedding album, covered with translucid white paper

Art and Existence: The Wedding Album

  • 30 April 2015

McKenzie Heritage Picture Archive (MHPA) was the first commercial black picture library set up in the UK; created in 1996 by Anita McKenzie, then a photographer, publisher and picture librarian. This presentation explores the motivation and purpose behind MHPA, in relation to the importance that images can play in reinforcing or challenging black identity. It culminates with examining images from Anita's personal collection to delve into African and Indian Caribbean identity and relationships, via her parent’s 1950s wedding album. Talk will be led by Rev. Anita McKenzie, photographer, publisher and picture librarian.

For further information http://www.mckenzieheritage.com

14.30-16.00

Free, advance booking required

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4495/art-and-existence-the-wedding-album-30-april-428912316/

William Vintage: Iconic Fashion

  • 1 May 2015

WilliamVintage is a company celebrated for dressing famous women in in vintage clothes. 25 Dresses tells the story of 25 pieces which have not only changed the world of fashion, but also reflect world-changing events from the world wars to the gay rights movement in 1970s San Francisco to the Space Race. His selection includes one of Alexander McQueen’s 1998 spectacular designs for Givenchy.

18.30-19.30

£9, £7 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4680/william-vintage-iconic-fashion-1780562454/

William Vintage: Iconic Fashion

  • 1 May 2015

The book tells the story of 25 pieces which have not only changed the world of fashion, but also reflect world-changing events from the world wars to the gay rights movement in 1970s San Francisco to the Space Race. His selection includes one of Alexander McQueen’s 1998 spectacular designs for Givenchy.

18.30-19.30

£10, £7 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4680/william-vintage-iconic-fashion-1780562454/

repeated pattern of lips and candy on textile

Create! Digital Textile Design (16-19 years)

  • 2 May 2015

Discover how to accurately position motifs and design elements to produce all over repeat patterns. Using Photoshop you will discover how to professionally visualise your designs in a garment sketch. With textile designer Jacqueline Colley.

11.00-16.00

£15

For ages 16-19 years

Website

http://create-digital-textile-design-16-19-years-1744719217

image of a hand holding an old vlack and white family picture

Photography: Personal Archives

  • 2 — 9 May 2015

Drawing inspiration from some of the museum's collection, you will develop conceptual and technical strategies and gain an understanding of narrative photography through practical sessions both inside and outside the museum.

Drawing inspiration from some of the museum's collection, you will develop conceptual and technical strategies and gain an understanding of narrative photography through practical sessions both inside and outside the museum.

10.30-17.00

£240, £192 concessions

Led by Susan Andrews and Ania Dabrowska
Suitable for beginners
DSLR camera required

Website

http://photography-personal-archives-469912656

Peter Brook: Performance, Place, Politics, Process

  • 2 May 2015

Speakers will include Peter Brook and Tom Piper. For full conference programme please visit: http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4577/date/20150502/

Saturday 2 May 2015

£25, £20 concession, £15 students per day

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4577/peter-brook-performance-place-politics-process-255310106/

hand holding an old black and white photo of a family

Photography: Personal Archives

  • 2 — 16 May 2015

Drawing inspiration from some of the museum's collection, you will develop conceptual and technical strategies and gain an understanding of narrative photography through practical sessions both inside and outside the museum.

Saturday 2, 9 & 16 May, 10.30-17.00

£240, £192 concessions

Led by Susan Andrews and Ania Dabrowska

Suitable for beginners

DSLR camera required

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4860/photography-personal-archives-469912656/

digital photo of the V&A dome seen from below

Digital Photography Level 2

  • 4 May — 15 June 2015

Participants will explore composition, exposure and photographic style through practical assignments or photographic narratives, with all final work collated in a book printed for them to take away.

The course is designed for students who have already completed our Level 1 course or those who already have a good understanding of manual camera control and want to improve their camera skills and advance their creative photographic techniques.

Led by Jasprit Singh.

Mondays

4, 11, 18 May

1, 8, 15 June (except 25 May)

10.30 – 13.00

£240, £192 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4875/digital-photography-level-2-1224662386/

Photo of Anthony Sher as Falstaff, with grey long hair, a leather coat and an old-fashioned vase or jug

Anthony Sher: Talking Theatre

  • 5 May 2015

Sher has worked with the RSC for over 30 years, starred in the TV series The History Man, and has appeared in many films including Mrs Brown and The Hobbit. He has also written and directed several plays and published a new study of Falstaff.
In this talk, he will particularly focus on his involvement with great Shakespearean roles like Falstaff.

18.30-19.30

£10, £7 Concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4682/antony-sher-talking-theatre-1276263841/

3 objects with blue circles around them: a terracotta vase,  amale plastic doll with prosthetic limbs, and a Christian devotional object

Lunchtime Lecture. All of this Belongs to You? Corinna Gardner and Rory Hyde

  • 6 May — 6 June 2015

A special lunchtime lecture exploring role of the museum in public life the day before the country goes to the ballot box.

13.00-13.45

Free, drop-in

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4429/lunchtime-lectureall-of-this-belongs-to-you-corinna-gardner-an-1854208679/

digital montage of a palster cast of Michelangelo's sculpture of David in the V&A

Compose and Expose: Digital SLR Photography for Beginners

  • 7 May — 2 July 2015

Focussing on practical sessions in the Museum, you will have opportunities to study original photographs in our collections and get expert feedback and guidance to introduce you to digital SLR photography.

Thursdays, 7 May - 2 July (except 28 May)

10.30 – 13.00

Led by Jasprit Singh

£320, £256 concessions

DSLR camera required

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3697/compose-and-expose-digital-slr-photography-for-beginners-5220/

Shaun Leane in his studio with machinery to make jewellery in the background

Shaun Leane

  • 8 May 2015

While working as a goldsmith in London’s Hatton Garden, Shaun began a long-standing collaboration with Alexander McQueen, creating provocative accessories and body sculpture that have become landmarks in the art of couture jewellery and contemporary sculpture.

Evening Talk

19.00 – 20.00 (talk); 20.00 – 20.45 (refreshments)

£15

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4773/shaun-leane-1864862975/

oil painting: landscape of ships on water at dusk, with an intense orange tonality

STUDY DAY: Introducing Art Techniques: Medieval to 20th Century Part 4: Oil Techniques

  • 8 May 2015

From Jan Eyck to the Impressionists look at the exciting variety of ways in which oil paint has been applied to surfaces and manipulated in all genres of art.

Friday 8 May, 11.00 – 15.30

£45, £35 concessions, £15 students

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4150/introducing-art-techniques-medieval-to-20th-century-part-4-oil-1071786543/

Samsung Digital Classroom: Creating a Digital Portfolio

  • 9 May 2015

For ages 16-19

11.00-16.00

£15

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4886/samsung-digital-classroom-creating-a-digital-portfolio-1316253827/

model wearing duck fetaher dress by Alexander McQueen

Touch Tour: Savage Beauty

  • 12 May 2015

Spanning his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection, McQueen’s designs will be presented with the dramatic staging and sense of spectacle synonymous with his runway shows.

11.00

Free, Advance booking essential

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4740/bsl-tour-alexander-mcqueen-savage-beauty-933335767/

Chanel

From Coco Chanel to Alexander McQueen: Geniuses of Modern Fashion

  • 12 May — 7 July 2015

10.30-13.00

8 WEEK COURSE: Explore the careers of the 20 greatest names in modern fashion whose amazing creativity has changed not only the way that people look and dress but also their entire attitude to clothes.

From the classic tailoring of Coco Chanel, whose easy to wear suits freed women from the constraints of corsets and tight skirts, to the magnificently eccentric Elsa Schiaparelli who made dresses covered with trompe l’oeil images and hats in the shape of shoes , this course examines the designs, lives and legacies of fashion’s most original talents. It includes sessions on masters of tailoring such as Balenciaga, Christian Dior, and Givenchy, as well as talks on contemporary visionaries like Vivienne Westwood, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Alexandra McQueen. Learn about the fascinating stories of the most iconic designers and their extraordinary impact on the fashion industry.

Speakers include V&A curators and fashion historians Judith Watt, Linda Watson and Charlotte Sinclair.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£295, £250 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3469/from-coco-chanel-to-alexander-mcqueen-geniuses-of-modern-fashio-4951/

Lunchtime Lecture: Staying Power Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s

  • 13 May 2015 1-1:45pm

This lecture examines our display Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s.

Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s is a project to increase the number of black British photographers and images of black Britain in the V&A collection. It aims to raise awareness of the contribution of black Britons to British culture and society, as well as to the art of photography.

Admission

Free, drop in

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4413/lunchtime-lecturestaying-power-photographs-of-black-british-exp-991323323/

Art and Existence: Margins to Mainstream

  • 14 May 2015 2:30-4:30pm

Examine a variety of interpretations of ‘Black British Theatre’ as a ‘brand’ and ‘style’ of theatre performance and discover the contribution of black actors, producers and playwrights to the UK theatre tradition.

Accompanying this talk will be a screening of the Heritage Lottery funded film Margins to Mainstream: The story of Black Theatre in Britain produced by the Octavia Foundation and Nu Century Arts, which features previously unseen footage of seminal plays, fascinating interviews with theatre heavyweights, telling the story of a dynamic art form.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4496/art-and-existence-margins-to-mainstream-14-may-274789398/

Late Opening

  • 15 May 2015 10am-10pm

The V&A is open for visitors to explore until 10pm every Friday. Why not drop in for Museums at Night?

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/events/day/20150515/

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore

  • 15 May 2015 7-8:45pm
Sorry, fully booked

EVENING TALK: Join Alistair O’Neill and discover the contribution Blow made to the international standing of British fashion in the 1990s.

The curator of ‘Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore’, a 2013 Somerset House exhibition on the wardrobe of this unique woman, charts the career of Isabella Blow, fashion editor and stylist, and champion and muse of both Alexander McQueen and Philip Treacy.

The talk runs from 19.00 – 20.00 and refreshments will be offered afterwards from 20.00 – 20.45.

Admission

£15 (including wine reception)

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4790/isabella-blow-fashion-galore-1173264622/

Lunchtime Lecture: Alexander McQueen

  • 20 May 2015

Claire Wilcox will give an insight into one of fashions most creative minds and the fashion exhibition of 2015.

13.00-13.45

Free, drop in

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4684/lunchtime-lecture-alexander-mcqueen-1381247753/

black woman sitting on a carpet in a 1970s-style living room with a tw behind her

Staying Power: Narratives of Black British Experience 22 May

  • 22 May 2015

Speakers will include, Barbie Asante, Jennie Baptiste, James Barnor, Pogus Cesar, Stella Dadzie , Paul Goodwin, Neil Kenlock, Renée Mussai Ingrid Pollard, Syd Shelton, Mark Sealy and The Islington Twins.

Please note this is a two day conference
Friday 22 May, 10.30-17.30, Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, V&A
Saturday 23 May 2015, 11.00-17.00, Black British Archives, 1 Windrush Square, London SW2 1EF

£25, £20 concession, £15 students for both days

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4580/staying-power-narratives-of-black-british-experience-22-may-1043047073/

small wood shed builtint the V&A courtyard

Digital Kids- May Half Term

  • 23 — 29 May 2015

10.30 – 17.00

Free, drop in

Recommended for ages 5+

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4863/digital-kids-may-half-term-1864288643/

Close up of the face of Michelangelo's sculpture ogf David

The Imagination Station: May Half-Term

  • 23 — 31 May 2015

Create a new fantastical design for a piece of art, sculpture or machine.

Recommended for ages 3+

10.30-17.00

Free, drop-in

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4921/the-imagination-station-may-half-term-753656409/

image of a man dressed in old-fashined clothes performing in fornt of an audience of kids

Pop-up Performance (May Half-Term)

  • 23 — 30 May 2015

Soak up the atmosphere in the Medieval & Renaissance Galleries and play your part in the story.
You can also imagine you’re a young renaissance artist trying to make your way in the world and create a new fantastical design for a piece of art, sculpture or machine on the Imagination Station (http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4921/the-imagination-station-may-half-term-753656409/), create digital art in Digital Kids (http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4863/digital-kids-may-half-term-1864288643/) or explore the technique of plaster casting in a Make-it workshop (http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4792/make-it-sculpture-1891967411/).

Level 1, Medieval & Renaissance, Room 50b.

Suitable for all the family.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3066/pop-up-performance-4458/

painted ceramic sculpture of a parrot

Make It: Sculpture

  • 25 — 29 May 2015

Recommended for ages 5-12 years (ideal for families with children of different ages).
Advance booking essential.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Max. 1 adult per child.

10.30-12.30 & 14.30-16.30

£7.50 per child

Find out about other half-term events here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/page/f/family-art-fun-calendar/
Find out more about Make-it workshops here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/m/make-it-workshops/

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4792/make-it-sculpture-1891967411/

digitally produced image of a suburban area with trees, cars and buildings in the background

BSL Tour: All of this Belongs to You

  • 29 May 2015

At a time when Britain will be engaged in the democratic process of an election, the V&A will examine the role of public institutions in contemporary life and what it means to be responsible for a national collection.

A series of specially commissioned interventions around the Museum will raise questions about the opportunities, obligations and limits to participation in this national institution. The exhibition will act as a laboratory for public life and explore the role of design and architecture in defining civic identity, technology, security, citizenship, democracy, the public realm and urban experience.

18.30

Free, advance booking essential

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4749/bsl-tour-all-of-this-belongs-to-you-555673892/

Katie England: Styling McQueen

  • 1 June 2015

She also had a close relationship with Alexander McQueen, collaborating on many of his most celebrated shoots and shows. She talks about her work with McQueen and her career as a stylist.

13.30-14.30

£10, £7 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4934/katie-england-styling-mcqueen-1561414846/

Lunchtime Lecture. Liam O'Connor, Exhibition Road Build.

  • 3 June 2015

How do you make art about a building site or on a building site, between April 2014 and April 2015 Liam was artist in residence on the Exhibition Road Building Project. Liam will discuss the various approaches he took, from a 20 meter long drawing scroll capturing the performance of the workers, to organising a concrete bowling game on the building site between V&A staff and the builders.

13.00-13.45

Free, drop in

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4431/lunchtime-lectureliam-oconnor-exhibition-road-build-1875322443/

model wearing jewellery that looks like a spikey branch with fruits on it

Alexander McQueen Conference

  • 5 — 6 June 2015

In collaboration with Centre for Fashion Curation, London College of Fashion University of the Arts London.

Speakers include, Christopher Breward, Anne Deniau, Caroline Evans, Tim Long, Alistair O’Neill, and Claire Wilcox.

Friday 5 - Saturday 6 June, 10.30-17.30
(Please note Day 1 will take place at the V&A, Day 2 will take place at the London College of Fashion, 20 John Princes Street, W1G 0BJ)

£25, £20 concessions, £15 students per day
(Please note exhibition tickets are not included in the Conference price)
Tickets

Book online via the link on the left or call the bookings office +44 (0)20 7942 2211, 9.00-17.30, Monday - Friday (closed Bank Holidays).

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4497/alexander-mcqueen-conference-697968986/

Sarah Burton: Designing McQueen

  • 5 June 2015

Since her appointment, Burton has produced critically acclaimed collections establishing herself as a highly accomplished designer with artisanal and technical expertise. She has created many celebrated pieces including the wedding dress for HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. She discusses her work with Alexander McQueen:
Savage Beauty curator, Claire Wilcox.

18.30-19.30

£10, £7 concessions, £5 students

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4685/sarah-burton-designing-mcqueen-2146434242/

illustration if a fugure facing back, with an abstract pattern of circles and oblique lines above them

Illustrative Collage

  • 6 June 2015

Explore how to combine abstract imagery and textures with more representational and figurative elements to convey subtle narrative and emotion. You will learn a range of techniques, combining hand-made and digital processes.

10.30-17.00

£80, £64 concessions

Led by Áine Cassidy

Suitable for beginners

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4864/illustrative-collage-1327343502/

Black and white image of Loulou standing and smoking

Loulou de la Falaise: Muse and Model

  • 9 June 2015

She is credited with inspiring his womens’ tuxedo, Le Smoking, and his see-through blouses and was a renowned designer of fashion, accessories and jewellery in her own right. The writers Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni and Ariel de Ravenel recall and celebrate her glamorous life.

18.30-19.30

£10, £7 concessions

In collaboration with Rizzoli

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4687/loulou-de-la-falaise-muse-and-model-1938622067/

Lunchtime Lecture. Mary Schoeser, Spitalfields' Silks and the Huguenots

  • 10 June 2015

This lunchtime lecture charts the impact of Huguenots in Spitalfields and East Anglia from the 1670s until about 1835.

Stunning silks illustrate the story of this renowned weaving community, who commissioned patterns from designers such as James Leman and Anna Maria Garthwaite, and also adapted to changes in taste and technology.
This lecture is taking place during the Huguenots of Spitalfields' 'Huguenot Summer' Festival.

13.00-13.45

Free, drop in

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4432/lunchtime-lecture-mary-schoeser-spitalfields-silks-and-the-hu-1637821422/

Black and White sequence photography of an ostrige running

Touch Tour: A History of Photography: Series and Sequences

  • 11 June 2015

The display draws upon the V&A’s internationally renowned collection, which chronicles the history of photography from the 1840s to the present day. In 1852, the V&A became the first museum in the UK to collect photographs and in 1858, the first to hold a photography exhibition. This re-hang of the permanent display focuses on the wider visions of photographers through series and sequences of images, rather than through individual photographs. The display includes photographs from the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and features work by Sally Mann, Josef Sudek, Eadweard Muybridge, Lewis Baltz, Sian Bonnell, Sze Tsung Leong and Liz Rideal.

11.00

Free, advance booking essential

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4751/touch-tour-a-history-of-photography-series-and-sequences-1398849179/

toy made of fabric: blue creature with a tongue sticking out, one eye, and a lock of hair on top of its head

Soft Circuitry: Sew your own Interactive Toy

  • 13 June 2015

This workshop will teach you the basics of creating fabric circuits from conductive thread as well as basic microcontroller programming for bringing your creations to life. All electronics and materials will be supplied – all you need to bring is your imagination. Suitable for beginners.

Led by Codasign.

10.30-17.00

£80, £64 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4883/soft-circuitry-sew-your-own-interactive-toy-964324945/

model wearing McQueen butterflye headress

Extreme McQueen: How to Wear Accessories

  • 13 June 2015

Learn how stylists and designers style pieces together for the catwalk or a photo-shoot and how this translates to wearing them out in the everyday world.

Join stylists and students from Central Saint Martins, BA Jewellery who have recently made new work for the Swarovski design project to look at the art of wearing stunning accessories.

14.00-17.00

£28, £25 concessions, £10 students

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4688/extreme-mcqueen-how-to-wear-accessories-1624002628/

Lunchtime Lecture. Anke Scharrahs, Masterpieces from Ottoman Syria

  • 17 June 2015

Hidden behind the plain walls in the interior decoration of courtyards and living rooms in 18th and 19th century private homes in Damascus lie surprises, elaborate stone mosaics, gilded and painted wooden panelling and ceilings, decorative tiles, splendid textiles and other precious items. The refined taste and the complex surface decoration techniques are impressive witnesses of a forgotten urban life style in one of the oldest cities of the world. A number of these objects found their way in to the V&A Collections.

13.00-13.45

Free, drop in

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4433/lunchtime-lectureanke-scharrahs-masterpieces-from-ottoman-syri-240594514/

Head shot of Boscoe Holder as a young black man

Art and Existence: Boscoe Holder

  • 18 June 2015

My father, Boscoe Holder, the quintessential Renaissance Man, excelled as a painter, pianist, dancer, choreographer, and costume designer. Born in Trinidad, his London-based life featured performances on television, in films, in private theatre clubs, on BBC radio programmes, and in cabaret. His paintings are in private collections around the world, and his fully documented, enchanting, and unique story is of a man of colour being accepted in all strata of English society from 1950 to 1970. Talk will be led by Christian Holder, Son of the late artist.
For more information: www.christianholder.com

14.30-16.00

Free, advance booking required

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4938/art-and-existence-boscoe-holder-1551293785/

close up image of a smart textle design, with copper plates joint together by metal hooks

Smart Textiles

  • 19 — 20 June 2015

Using various application techniques you will have chance to get hands-on with a range of
smart materials. Throughout the course you will design and create your own heated circuit
that will activate a colour-changing pattern on fabric. The course will introduce the broader context and potential for smart textiles through a playful approach to materials.

Friday 19 – Saturday 20 June

10.30 - 17.00

£160, £128 concessions

Led by Dr Sara Robertson.

Suitable for beginners

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4867/smart-textiles-305673590/

an adult holing a child in their arms, both looking at a projected image of a small horse on a wall with a dotted pattern

Art, Design and New Technology for Health: The Sackler Conference 2015

  • 19 June 2015

It will reflect on the principles of design in health and consider the potential of digital innovations to empower individuals and revolutionize healthcare experiences.

Friday 19 June, 10.30 – 17.00

£25, £20 concession, £15 students per day

Supported by the Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4434/art-design-and-new-technology-for-health-the-sackler-conferenc-904174026/

Paul Merton: In Conversation

  • 19 June 2015

Known for his intelligent and often surreal humour, his journey began in a working-class Fulham childhood, and encompassed run-ins with nuns at school, life in a bed-sit, the cabaret scene, and international stardom on Have I Got News For You, Just A Minute and his travel documentaries. He discusses the story told in his autobiography, Only When I Laugh.

18.30-19.30

£12 includes book

In collaboration with Ebury Press

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4689/paul-merton-in-conversation-1802025260/

Lunchtime Lecture. Angela McShane, The King Drinks!

  • 24 June 2015

This talk uses the objects selected for the drink display in the new Europe Galleries to explore the arts of drinking and their central importance to the states and societies of early modern Europe.

13.00-13.45

Free, drop in

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4435/lunchtime-lectureangela-mcshane-the-king-drinks-763126537/

Dr Shirley J Thompson conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 2012

Art and Existence: Heroines of Opera

  • 25 June 2015

Join a journey of historical female icons with composer Dr Shirley J Thompson, who has performed worldwide and is often described as “beautiful and powerful” (Le Figaro). A visionary artist and cultural activist, Shirley has been composing operas on the lives of our historical heroines and creating operatic performances. Learn more about her discoveries through Nanny of the Maroons, Dido Elizabeth Belle and The Woman Who Refused to Dance (on the ship with enslaved Africans). Accompanying the talk will be a special performance by the celebrated soprano Abigail Kelly who will perform a small selection of related material accompanied by Dr Shirley J Thompson on violin.
For further information: http://www.shirleythompsonmusic.com/

14.30-16.00

Free, booking required

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4919/art-and-existence-heroines-of-opera-1043032885/

B&W sequence photography of an ostrige running

BSL Tour: Series and Sequences

  • 26 June 2015

The display draw upon the V&A’s internationally renowned collection, which chronicles the history of photography from the 1840s to the present day.

In 1852, the V&A became the first museum in the UK to collect photographs and in 1858, the first to hold a photography exhibition.

This re-hang of the permanent display focuses on the wider visions of photographers through series and sequences of images, rather than through individual photographs. The display includes photographs from the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and features work by Sally Mann, Josef Sudek, Eadweard Muybridge, Lewis Baltz, Sian Bonnell, Sze Tsung Leong and Liz Rideal.

Displays complement our permanent collections; there are many free temporary displays around the V&A. They range in size from a single case to a room.

18.30

Free, advance booking essential

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4754/bsl-tour-a-history-of-photography-series-and-sequences-95741433/

image of computer internal parts

Introduction to Arduino

  • 27 June 2015

Explore programming by modifying code to create movement, light, and sound, and also react to touch, sound, and light.

10.30-17.00

£80, £64 concessions

Suitable for beginners.

Led by Codasign

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4899/introduction-to-arduino-1902131080/

2 figures, on ein long flowy dress holding a fire torch run in front of a castle in fire. Second figure wearing an unusually tall red headress

Trailblazers: Isabella Blow

  • 27 June 2015

Born into the rarefied world of the British aristocracy, Isabella Blow was blessed with a talent for spotting fashion genius and her discoveries included Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy and Hussein Chalayan.

She worked for Vogue, Tatler, and Sunday Times Style, creating increasingly original and provocative fashion spreads. Historians Shonagh Marshall and Linda Watson discuss the evolution and impact of her outrageous and innovative career.

14.00-17.00

£25, £20 concessions, £10 students

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4691/trailblazers-isabella-blow-903411314/

Samsung Digital Classroom: Wearables

  • 27 June 2015

For ages 16-19

11.00-16.00

£15

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4896/samsung-digital-classroom-wearables-1809873057/

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Architectural Style

http://www.vam.ac.uk/vastatic/microsites/architecture/style_level1.php?id=0

Website with pictures and descriptions of a broad range of architectural styles, historical and contemporary Western, Asian and Islamic. There is also an interactive Style Quiz.

Drop-in Design

http://www.vam.ac.uk/activ_events/families/index.html

Hunt for ideas in the gallery then have a go at your own designs, using a design challenge. Creative sessions in the V&A's Sackler Centre on Sundays between 10.30 and 17.00, for all ages.

How to obtain

Drop-in Design events are free and there is no need to book - just drop in.

Getting there

London Underground (The Tube): The V&A is a five minute walk from South Kensington underground station (on the Piccadilly, Circle and District Line). South Kensington is a five minute tube journey from Victoria, ten minutes from Covent Garden and Leicester Square and 15 minutes from King's Cross St Pancras.

The V&A is a ten minute walk from Knightsbridge underground station (on the Piccadilly Line). Knightsbridge is a ten minute tube journey from Covent Garden and Leicester Square and 15 minutes from Kings Cross St Pancras.

Bus: Buses C1, 14, 74 and 414 stop outside the Cromwell Road entrance. The Open Tour stop outside the Museum as part of their Double Decker Bus site-seeing tour of London.

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