Victoria and Albert Museum

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

Website

www.vam.ac.uk

E-mail

vanda@vam.ac.uk

Telephone

Events Bookings

020 7942 2211

Exhibitions Bookings

020 7907 7073

Fax

020 7942 2266

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The V&A Courtyard
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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

Daily 10.00-17.45
Friday 10.00-22.00

Closed: 24-26 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.
A horse pulling a plough up the hill with cloudes over the landscape

DISPLAY: Beatrix Potter: the Land, the Seasons and the War

  • 21 January — 12 October 2014 *on now

WWI DISPLAY: A year after Beatrix Potter married and moved to live full time in her beloved Lake District, the First World War broke out. As a farmer and land owner, she came to experience the changes the war brought to rural life in Britain.

This display features Potter’s watercolours of the landscape at this period, as well as some of her letters. We also see Potter's only venture into national politics, with her illustrative poster and leaflet campaign for the 1910 election. She campaigned against Free Trade with Germany, and the conscription of working farm horses.

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3093/beatrix-potter-the-land-the-seasons-and-the-war-wwi-4486/

A vivid sceen with explosions in the distance and soldiers in the foreground

DISPLAY: Memoirs of an Infantry Officer: Paul Hogarth Illustrates Siegfried Sassoon

  • 21 January — 12 October 2014 *on now

WWI DISPLAY: In 1981 Paul Hogarth made a series of vivid illustrations for Siegfried Sassoon’s Memoirs of an Infantry Officer, first published 50 years earlier.

Sassoon’s novel is based directly on his experiences in the trenches of the First World War, and provided a rich source of inspiration for Hogarth. Marking the centenary of the start of the war this display shows how the imagery of trench warfare and the horrors of the conflict have remained powerful.

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3094/memoirs-of-an-infantry-officer-paul-hogarth-illustrates-siegfri-4487/

DISPLAY: A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution

  • 1 May — 2 November 2014 *on now

DISPLAY: Making or displaying a poster is in itself is a means of taking political action, while for many social and political movements posters have represented an important form of cultural output. Themes of protest and political participation have gained a powerful contemporary resonance in the wake of the Arab Spring and the global financial crisis. This display looks at a century of posters agitating for political change drawn from the V&A collection, including new acquisitions gathered from recent outbursts of protest.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3171/a-world-to-win-posters-of-protest-and-revolution-4588/

Embroidered silk satin wedding dress designed by Norman Hartnell, 1933 Worn by Margaret Whigham for her marriage to Charles Sweeny  Artist: Given and worn by Margaret, Duchess of Argyll   Date: 1933  Credit line: © Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans

EXHIBITION: Wedding Dresses 1775-2014

  • 3 May 2014 — 15 March 2015 *on now

EXHIBITION: This exhibition will trace the development of the fashionable white wedding dress and its treatment by key fashion designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Norman Hartnell, Charles James, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang offering a panorama of fashion over the last two centuries.

On display will be the most romantic, glamorous and extravagant wedding dresses from the V&A’s superb collection and will include some important new acquisitions as well as loans including the purple dress worn by Dita Von Teese for her marriage to Marilyn Manson and the outfits worn by Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale on their wedding day.

The exhibition will highlight the histories of the dresses, revealing fascinating details about the lives of the wearers and offering an intimate insight into their circumstances and fashion choices.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Admission

Admission
£13.50 Full, including donation* (+£1.40 booking fee per ticket)

£11.00 Senior citizens, including donation* (+£1.20 booking fee per ticket)

£12.00 Full (+£1.40 booking fee per ticket)

£10.00 Senior citizens (+£1.00 booking fee per ticket)

£8.00 Full-time students, 12-17 year olds, ES40 holders, disabled (+£1.20 booking fee per ticket)

£20.00 Family of 1 adult & 2 12-17 year olds (+£2.80 booking fee per family ticket)

£32.00 Family of 2 adults & 2 12-17 year olds (+£3.20 booking fee per family ticket)

Website

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

Stamp depiction of injured soldiers

DISPLAY: Print of the Month

  • 1 July — 23 December 2014 *on now

WWI DISPLAY: Monthly changing display showcasing prints and drawings from the V&A's Prints & Drawings collection, displayed at the National Art Library

1 July - 9 August 2014 - Poster stamps by Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956). Colour lithographs, about 1915.

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.

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

Free admission, bags need to be left in the cloakroom.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3108/print-of-the-month-wwi-4500/

A metal box with opened lid and some paper inside

DISPLAY: This Time in History: What Escapes, by Rose Frain

  • 9 July 2014 — 1 February 2015 *on now

WWI DISPAY: As a contribution to the V&A’s centenary reflections on the outbreak of war, the distinguished artist Rose Frain creates an installation for the National Art Library.

A selection of objects from the V&A’s collections are juxtaposed with her new original pieces, including an artist’s book created for the occasion.
The memory of 1914 and WWI focuses other memories and experiences of conflict, from ancient Mesopotamia to contemporary Afghanistan. 2014 also being the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, his voice is cited, speaking directly to the present moment.

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3525/this-time-in-history-what-escapes-by-rose-frain-wwi-5030/

A silver inflatable cobblestone surrounded by people in in the middle of a street

EXHIBITION: Disobedient Objects

  • 26 July 2014 — 1 February 2015 *on now

From Suffragette teapots to protest robots, this exhibition will be the first to examine the powerful role of objects in movements for social change. It will demonstrate how political activism drives a wealth of design ingenuity and collective creativity that defy standard definitions of art and design.

Disobedient Objects will focus on the period from 1980 to the present, a time that has brought new technologies and political challenges. On display will be arts of rebellion from around the world that illuminate the role of making in grassroots movements for social change: finely woven banners; defaced currency; changing designs for barricades and blockades; political video games; an inflatable general assembly to facilitate consensus decision-making; experimental activist-bicycles; and textiles bearing witness to political murders.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Photo of the interior of a gallery

DISPLAY: A History of Photography

  • 13 August 2014 — 17 January 2015 *on now

DISPLAY: The Photographs Gallery draws upon the V&A’s internationally renowned collection and chronicles the history of photography from the 1840s up to the present day.

In 1852, the V&A became the first museum to collect photographs and in 1858, the first to hold a photography exhibition. The Gallery showcases some of the most technically brilliant and artistically accomplished photographs in the history of the medium.

This re-hang of the permanent display shows works by key figures of photographic history and includes an insight into some of the V&A's first staff photographers, such as Charles Thurston Thompson and Isabel Agnes Cowper. The display also showcases a number of exciting new acquisitions made through the generosity of the Photographs Acquisition Group, including work by Ori Gersht, Darren Harvey-Regan and Denis Brihat.

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.

Photographs Room 100

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3096/a-history-of-photography-4489/

Marble sculptures

DISPLAY: Baroque and Later Ivories in the V&A

  • 13 August — 28 September 2014 *on now

DISPLAY: This is a display of a number of sculptures from the outstanding collection of baroque and later ivories in the V&A, including German, Austrian, Netherlandish, French, British and Hispanic works.

A range of objects will be seen: portrait busts, tankards, statuettes, and devotional reliefs. Carved and turned ivories were highly treasured items throughout the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. They might render dramatic mythological scenes, present exquisitely carved portrait likenesses on a small scale, or depict religious narratives. This small exhibition celebrates the recent publication of a catalogue of these ivories at the V&A.

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.

Sculpture, Room 111

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3097/baroque-and-later-ivories-in-the-va-4490/

painting

DISPLAY: Architects as Artists

  • 13 August 2014 — 29 March 2015 *on now

DISPLAY: Why do architects create art? From the Renaissance to the 20th century architects have recorded buildings for study and pleasure, to document their travels and supplement their income. Drawing was also considered an important tool to educate students in their knowledge of historic buildings, and necessary to prepare presentation drawings for clients.

Yet some architects go further, imbuing their drawings with beauty and imagination. This display examines how making art has contributed to architects’ practice, and how architects’ training has informed their art.

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.

Architecture, Room 128a

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3550/architects-as-artists-5063/

Spherical metalware

DISPLAY: The Lost Art of Writing

  • 13 August 2014 — 19 April 2015 *on now

DISPLAY: 'Beautiful Writing pleases everyone, it makes one sought after,' explained the French writer Père Gregoire Martin in 1761. Having a fine writing hand was not only a useful skill but the sign of an educated and genteel person

This small display in the Metalware gallery explores some of the objects used in writing, from a medieval penner to an ingenious 18th century globe inkstand and a pen rest designed by the architect Alfred Waterhouse. These objects, made to serve the art of writing, have been displaced by the new virtual world of icons and toolbars.

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.

Metalware, Room 116

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/2885/the-lost-art-of-writing-4256/

Two pots with uneven surfaces

DISPLAY: Simon Carroll: Expressionist Potter

  • 13 August 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

DISPLAY: An unconventional and adventurous artist, Simon Carroll produced some of the most singular and extraordinary ceramics of recent years.

Characterised by extremes in the handling of clay and by bold and vigorous mark-making, his pottery has an affinity with abstract expressionism. The first retrospective of Carroll’s work, the display provides a celebration of the artist’s life and creativity following his untimely death in 2009 at the age of 45.

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.

Supported by Gerard and Sarah Griffin

Ceramics, Room 146

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3172/simon-carroll-expressionist-potter-4589/

3D printed plastic gun

DISPLAY: Rapid Response Collecting

  • 14 August 2014 — 15 January 2015 *on now

DISPLAY: Rapid Response Collecting is a new strand to the V&A's collecting activity. Objects are collected in response to major moments in history that touch the world of design and manufacturing. The display, which will constantly change, shows how design reflects and defines how we live together today.

Ranging from Christian Louboutin shoes in five shades of 'nude'; a cuddly toy wolf used as an object of political dissent; to the world's first 3D-printed gun, each new acquisition raises a different question about globalisation, popular culture, political and social change, demographics, technology, regulation or the law.

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.

Rapid Response Collecting Room 74A

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3533/rapid-response-collecting-5039/

Shakespeare name white on black background

DISPLAY: Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright

  • 14 August — 21 September 2014 *on now

DISPLAY: Celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, this immersive installation will examine the enduring influence and popularity of the world’s most famous playwright.

Drawing together objects from the V&A collection and interviews with key contemporary practitioners, Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright examines how Shakespeare’s plays have travelled across centuries and continents to be used as a springboard for theatrical re-imaginings and interpretation. Dealing in universal truths, but offering generations of practitioners the creative freedom to explore new ideas, his works remain contemporary and relevant today. He is our greatest living playwright.

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.

Shakespeare logo design: barnbrook

Theatre & Performance Room 104

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3095/shakespeare-greatest-living-playwright-4488/

Poster of woman throwing up with title Protest at the bottom

DISPLAY: A World to Win. Posters of Protest and Revolution

  • 14 August — 2 November 2014 *on now

DISPLAY: From the 'Votes for Women' campaigns of the early 20th century to the recent 'Occupy' movements, political activists around the world have used posters to mobilise, educate and organise.

Making or displaying a poster is in itself a means of taking political action, while for many social and political movements posters have represented an important form of cultural output. Themes of protest and political participation have gained a powerful contemporary resonance in the wake of the Arab Spring and the global financial crisis. This display looks at a century of posters agitating for political change drawn from the V&A collection, including new acquisitions gathered from recent outbursts of protest.

There are many free temporary displays around the V&A. They range in size from a single case to a room.

This Display complements our temporary exhibition Disobedient Objects and our permanent collections, for more information please see the link.

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

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3171/a-world-to-win-posters-of-protest-and-revolution-4588/

A woman applies bright lipstick and wears large sun glasses.

EXHIBITION: Horst: Photographer of Style

  • 6 September 2014 — 4 January 2015

EXHIBITION: This autumn the V&A will present the definitive retrospective of the work of Horst P. Horst (1906-99), one of the 20th century’s master photographers. In a career that spanned six decades, Horst photographed the exquisite creations of couturiers such as Chanel, Schiaparelli and Vionnet in 1930s Paris, and helped to launch the careers of many models. In New York a decade later, he experimented with early colour techniques and his meticulously composed, artfully lit images leapt from the magazine page.

The exhibition will display Horst’s best known photographs alongside unpublished and rarely exhibited vintage prints, conveying the diversity of his output, from surreal still lifes to portraits of Hollywood stars, nudes and nature studies to documentary pictures of the Middle East. It will examine his creative process through the inclusion of original contact sheets, sketches and archive film footage.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9 Full, including donation* (+£1.20 booking fee per ticket)
£8 Senior citizens, including donation* (+£1.20 booking fee per ticket)
£8 Full (+£1.20 booking fee per ticket)
£7 Senior citizens (+£1 booking fee per ticket)
£6 Full-time students, 12 - 17 year olds, ES40 holders, disabled people (+£1 booking fee per ticket)
£14 Family of 1 adult & 2 12-17 year olds (+£2.30 booking fee per ticket)
£22 Family of 2 adults & 2 12-17 year olds (+£2.80 booking fee per ticket)

Website

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

Designer chair in white

DISPLAY: V&A Design Fund 2014

  • 12 September — 6 November 2014

DISPLAY: The V&A’s contemporary collection represents transformations in design and society. The V&A Design Fund supports selected contemporary acquisitions which are exhibited each year during London Design Festival.

This year’s selection cosistes of works by both emerging and established international designers, such as the renowned Dutch designer Hella Jongerius. The display will also showcase a unique method to materialise free hand drawing by Swedish design studio FRONT. Other projects will stimulate reflection on how we interact with our domestic environment, introduce radically inventive processes of sustainable modular construction and critically reflect on social and cultural changes in our urban environment.

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.

Medieval and Renaissance, Room 64B

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3549/va-design-fund-2014-5062/

Landscape painting by Constable, Branch Hill Pond, Hampstead, c.1821-22

EXHIBITION: Constable: The Making of a Master

  • 20 September 2014 — 11 January 2015

EXHIBITION: This exhibition will reveal the hidden stories of how Constable created some of his most loved and well-known paintings. It will present Constable’s work for the first time alongside the old masters of classical landscape such as Ruisdael and Claude whose compositional ideas and formal values he revered and studied in great depth.

On display will be such famous works as The Haywain together with the oil sketches he painted outdoors direct from nature which are widely held to be unequalled at capturing transient effects of light and atmosphere. The exhibition will also examine Constable’s collection of over 5000 etchings, a vital resource for his own image making, as well as the mezzotints of his paintings made in the last decade of his life to secure his lasting legacy.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission
£15.50 Full, including donation* (+£1.50 booking fee per ticket)
£13.50 Senior citizens, including donation* (+£1.40 booking fee per ticket)
£14 Full (+£1.40 booking fee per ticket)
£12 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)
£23 Family of one adult & two 12–17 year olds (+£2.80 booking fee per ticket)
£37 Family of two adults & two 12–17 year olds (+£3.30 booking fee per ticket)

Website

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

Costume design with angular shapes of circles and cones

DISPLAY: Russian Avant-garde Theatre: War Revolution and Design

  • 18 October 2014 — 25 January 2015

WWI DISPLAY: This display reveals twenty years of radical and revolutionary designs for performance against the backdrop of the First World War and the Russian Revolutions.

Around 150 set and costume designs demonstrate the creative, experimental and visionary performance designs of celebrated artists including Kazimir Malevich, Alexander Rodchenko, Vladimir Tatlin, Alexandra Exter, El Lissitsky, Liubov Popova and Varvara Stepanova. With a large number of works exhibited in the UK for the first time, the display explores the unprecedented boom in Russian theatre culture during the first decades of the 20th century and the development of the avant-garde movement. Curated in collaboration with the A.A.Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum, Moscow and supported by the Russian Ministry of Culture.
This display is part of the 2014 UK-Russia Year of Culture.

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.

Free, drop in

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3338/russian-avant-garde-theatre-war-revolution-and-design-wwi-4769/

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

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 June 2015

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/

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

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/

Alexander McQueen Ready to Wear A/W 1998

EXHIBITION: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

  • 14 March — 19 July 2015

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

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.
Kid on family trail

FAMILY EVENT: Trails

  • 15 August — 31 December 2014 *on now

FAMILY EVENT: Pick up a free family trail from the Learning Centre and set off to explore the museum through puzzles, drawing and observation games.

Trails are suitable for children aged 7–12. Don’t forget to collect a pencil when you pick up your Trail.
Choose from:

• Glorious Gardens - be led around the Museum by our very own ceramic gardener and design your own garden.

• The Undiscovered Museum
Explore the V&A with the new Undiscovered Museum Family Trail. Follow the images and discover the museum. As you explore, you could take your own photographs and then create a trail at home.

This resource was created by James Rigler, Ceramics Resident at the V&A. To find out more about the residency programme please visit the link.

(Please note photography is not permitted in some spaces.)

The Learning Centre Reception

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3340/trails-4773/

Photo of a kid drawing on the ground

FAMILY EVENT: Back-Packs

  • 15 August — 31 December 2014 *on now

FAMILY EVENT: Journey across the V&A with fantastic stories, games and multi-sensory materials. Choose from Back-packs, trails or, for the under 5s, an Agent Animal bag.

Available every day 10.30–17.00, last pack given out at 16.00. Also available from the Grand Entrance during school holidays.

Our award winning activity Back-Packs are recommended for 5-12 years.

Choose from:
• An Adventure in China – NEW
• Discovering Architecture (please note this bag can take up to 1.5 hours to complete and is ideal for older children) - NEW
• Emperor's Party
• Fancy Furnishing
• Magic Glasses
• Middle East Marvels
• Time Traveller

For under 5’s - Agent Animal
The children’s mission is to find 6 animals hiding in the Japan, China and South Asia Galleries. The bag contains audio buttons and four fabric jigsaw cubes.

Learning Centre Reception

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3158/back-packs-4567/

Kid touching objects in hands-on galleries

FAMILY EVENT: Hands-on galleries

  • 15 August — 31 December 2014 *on now

FREE DISPLAYS: There are hundreds of exciting hands-on exhibits throughout the V&A.

Why not build a Crystal Palace, have a go at tapestry weaving or guess the mystery object? The Museum is full of discovery areas to give you the opportunity to handle objects, listen to stories, watch films showing objects being made and create your own designs with interactive computers.

Just look out for the hand symbol on the Museum Map.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3068/hands-on-galleries-4460/

photo of a man in theatrical costume performing in front of kids

FAMILY EVENT: Pop-up Performance

  • 16 August 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

FAMILY EVENT: Join the performance team for fun and interactive gallery plays and activities. Events rotate each week – please go to the below for details. Suitable for all the family including early years unless otherwise stated (programmes for ages 2+ also available first Saturday of every month).

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3161/pop-up-performance-4573/

kid holding an object smiling

FAMILY EVENT: Drop-in Design

  • 17 August 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

FAMILY EVENT: Pick up a design challenge and bring your own fantastic ideas to life.

On selected days, create architectural drawings with professionals from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners or join the Drop-in Design team to make your own puppet horse, inspired by the National Theatre’s production of War Horse.

Sundays, 10.30 – 17.00
(Except Sunday 24 August when other activities are available)
Recommended for ages 5+

Lunch Room

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3365/drop-in-design-4802/

A robotic hand sketching

DEMONSTRATION: Digital Design Drop-in

  • 30 August 2014 1-4pm *on now

FREE DEMONSTRATION: Drop in and meet digital artists and designers who explore intersections of art, design, craft and technology.

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

Sculpture, room 21a

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3403/digital-design-drop-in-4852/

a kid using a computer

FAMILY EVENT: Digital Kids

  • 31 August 2014 10:30am-5pm

FAMILY EVENT: Have fun creating your own digital art with help from experts.

Recommended for ages 5+

Limited places available

Digital Studio, Sackler Centre

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3552/digital-kids-5066/

Photo of a Buddhist temple

SPECIAL EVENTS: Book Launch: The Golden Lands by Vikram Lall

  • 1 September 2014 From 3pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Hear the author Vikram Lall, speak about the Architecture of the Buddhist World and the process of researching the sites covered in the book series. Golden Lands is the first ever book series focusing solely on the architecture of Buddhism, exploring historical and modern sites across the world.

Vikram Lall is a partner and the principal architect of Lall & Associates, a leading architectural firm in New Delhi. Also a teacher and scholar, he has lectured on architectural history and theory at institutions worldwide. The present series represents the summation of his twenty-five years of intensive research into Buddhist architecture.

V&A Bookshop

The publication The Golden Lands will be available to purchase in the V&A Bookshop.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3551/book-launch-the-golden-lands-by-vikram-lall-5065/

Display of a range of Sue Timney's bone china

DISPLAY: Sue Timney for West Dean at the V&A

  • 5 September — 5 October 2014

DISPLAY: The V&A are the exclusive launch partner for this curated selection of fine bone china, silk cushions and silk scarves from Sue Timney’s new range of homewares and accessories for West Dean – inspired by its founder Edward James, his house and collection of Surrealist art and objects.

V&A Shop

Available for a limited period from the V&A Shop and www.vandashop.com

This display is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3665/sue-timney-for-west-dean-at-the-va-5184/

Interior photo of a house

TWO DAY COURSE: Architectural Photography: Inside & Out

  • 5 — 6 September 2014 10:30am-5pm

TWO DAY COURSE: Explore the skills and techniques involved in capturing architecture and the built environment. This two-day masterclass led by photographer Dennis Gilbert will cover shooting interiors and exteriors, as well as planning and post-production.

Study examples of great architectural photography before heading out into the Museum and onto the streets, to put everything you’ve learnt into practice.

Led by Dennis Gilbert, who runs the architectural image library VIEW. Follow the link on the left for more information.

DSLR camera required

Digital Studio, Sackler Centre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £160, Concessions £128.

Ceramics designed by Nao

OPEN STUDIO: Nao Matsunaga: Ceramics Resident

  • 6 — 24 September 2014

OPEN STUDIO: Winner of last year’s British Ceramics Biennual Award and the Jerwood Makers Open in 2012, Nao Matsunaga will be our ceramicist in residence until October 2014 in our ceramics studio on level 6.

Visit Nao’s studio to see how his work is coming along and to ask him about his practice. Find out about his research here at the V&A which is centred around mythical and ceremonial objects; in particular, searching out animals, mythical or otherwise, in a ‘wild beast hunt’ of our collections.

Nao's studio will be available to visit on the following dates:

6, 10, 20 & 24 Sept

Supported by Maurice and Rosemary Lambert

Ceramics Residents Studio

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3346/nao-matsunaga-open-studio-4780/

English Garden view of trees and house

STUDY DAY: Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll: Homes and Gardens

  • 6 September 2014 11am-4:30pm

STUDY DAY: The names of Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll are synonymous with the creation of quintessentially English country homes and gardens. Together they designed some of Britain’s most romantic and beautiful country homes, including Munstead Wood, the Deanery, Hestercombe, and Upton Gray.

Lutyens designed the buildings in his vernacular Arts and Crafts style, and Jekyll provided the planting schemes with herbaceous borders and radiant colours that resembled the brush-strokes of paintings.

This day, led by Justine Hopkins and Gavin Stamp, considers the careers of both Lutyens and Jeckyll, and focuses particularly upon their inspired collaborations.

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £45, Concessions £35, Students £15.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3416/edwin-lutyens-and-gertrude-jekyll-homes-and-gardens-4866/

Photo of a banner

SPECIAL EVENT: The Craft Campaign: The Mini Protest Banner

  • 7 September 2014 11am-4pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Provoke thought and discussion on global poverty and human rights injustices in this Craft Campaign workshop.

Whilst making your own colourful mini cross-stitched banner, you will have an opportunity to reflect upon issues you care about in a social setting. Hang your completed banner in in a relevant public space to engage others in the fight for a fairer world.

Led Sarah Corbett, founder of the Craftivist Collective

Seminar Room Three

Supported by Coats Crafts

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3579/the-craft-campaign-the-mini-protest-banner-5094/

Photo of Kelly Hoppen smiling

EVENING TALK: Kelly Hoppen: Talking Design

  • 9 September 2014 6:30-7:30pm

EVENING TALK: Hear the globally renowned interior designer, Kelly Hoppen MBE, talk about her iconic neutral style.

Kelly is a retailer, author, educator and innovator. She has published over 10 books, presented her own TV series and is a regular participant in Dragon’s Den, and recently launched her home accessories range. Her many celebrity clients include David and Victoria Beckham and her trademark beige and taupe palette has influenced a generation of interior design.

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £9, Concessions £7

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3422/kelly-hoppen-talking-design-4872/

Protesters on the street with a giant silver inflatable object

TOUCH TOUR: Disobedient Objects

  • 10 September 2014 11-11:30am

TOUCH TOUR: Explore our new exhibition through a Touch Tour.

From Suffragette teapots to protest robots, this exhibition will be the first to examine the powerful role of objects in movements for social change. It will demonstrate how political activism drives a wealth of design ingenuity and collective creativity that defy standard definitions of art and design.

Free, advanced booking essential.

Meeting Point, Grand Entrance

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3399/touch-tour-disobedient-objects-4847/

Animal Farm

V&A Book Group: Animal Farm

  • 12 September 2014 6:30-8pm

Taking inspiration from Disobedient Objects, this month's Book Group will be discussing George Orwell’s classic Animal Farm. The book follows the story of the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm who collectively take over management of the land from their drunken human master. Starting off with a collective enthusiasm, an elite soon starts to take over and the animals discover that they are not as equal as they thought.

The novel is often cited as one of the best pieces of political fiction written and was banned in Russia and other communist countries.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£7, including refreshments

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/search/?q=book+group&search-submit=Go

Ziloka dancers dancing on the street

EVENING EVENT: Tartan: The Wrap Event

  • 12 September 2014 6:30-9:30pm

FREE EVENT: Discover the journey of tartan across Scotland, the Caribbean and Africa through the work of the Costume Institute of the African Diaspora (CIAD).

View the documentary resulting from CIAD's field research and be captivated by a performance that brings together elements of each culture's traditional dance forms together with accompanying costumes.

In collaboration with the Costume Institute of the African Diaspora
Tartan: It's Journey through the African Diaspora is funded by the Heritage Lottery through the Our Heritage Initiative

Learning Centre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3486/tartan-the-wrap-event-4982/

Springs protruding from a sofa

DISPLAY: Putting the circular economy into action with 'haute-design' refurbished upholstered chairs

  • 13 — 19 September 2014

DISPLAY: Drop in to view this 'live' installation by Ella Doran, Galapagos Designs, The Great Recovery Project (RSA), built from several upholstered chairs that are deconstructed and refurbished in the V&A throughout London Design Festival.

Learning Centre

This installation is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3668/putting-the-circular-economy-into-action-with-haute-design-ref-5187/

A simulated sculpture temple

DISPLAY: Breathless Beauty - Broken Beauty

  • 13 September — 27 October 2014

DISPLAY: Enjoy an immersive Sculptural 4k Video Art Installation by artist film maker Vanessa Jane Hall. Video canvasses capture the raw beauty of the country house, whether sparkling or faded.

Observers step inside the temple-like sculpture and find themselves cocooned in an immersive audio-visual environment. This three dimensional work takes the observer on an atmospheric journey that awakens the soul to the beauty and drama of these intriguing buildings.

British Galleries Landing Level 4

Sponsored by Gallery SIENNA & Air Moving Image
Supported by Castle Howard, Chatsworth, Holkham Hall, Houghton Hall , AJA Video, LG, Medite, Unistrut and Wenta

Marking 40 years since the V&A’s 'Destruction of the Country House' exhibition, the sculpture is presented alongside: 'Country House - Past, Present & Future'

This display is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3667/breathless-beauty-broken-beauty-5186/

Sketch by Liam O'Connor

DISPLAY: 171 St Pauls, by Liam O'Connor

  • 13 — 21 September 2014

DISPLAY: Much of Liam’s practice is centred around architecture and spaces in London.

This moving image work installed in our architecture gallery layers 171 photographs, taken over the last eight years, of the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral from different angles around the city.

One of our current artists in residence, Liam is exploring the Museum’s Exhibition Road building site as an inspiration and a catalyst for work.

Architecture, Room 128a

See our events listings for an opportunity to visit Liam’s studio and attend drawing workshops.

This display is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3666/171-st-pauls-by-liam-oconnor-5185/

Trajan's Column with the base door open

DISPLAY: Military Secret, by James Rigler

  • 13 — 21 September 2014

DISPLAY: James is a contemporary ceramicist who creates sculptures and installations that question the architecture and meaning of the places around us.

For the London Design Festival, James invites you to have the unique experience of stepping inside the top half of the V&A’s cast of Trajan’s column to discover what he has installed inside.

James is represented by Marsden Woo Gallery and is a past V&A ceramicist in residence.

Casts Courts, Room 46a

See our events listings for details of when to hear James talk about his work.

This display is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3664/military-secret-by-james-rigler-5183/

Ceramics installation

DISPLAY: Live Up/Blank Totem, by Nao Matsunaga

  • 13 — 21 September 2014

What: Displays
When: Sat 13 September 2014 – Sun 21 September 2014
Where: Room 64b Medieval & Renaissance

DISPLAY: The current winner of the British Ceramics Biennial award, Nao uses ceramic, plaster, wood and paper to express various aspects of his subconscious.

This installation references ceremonial obelisks and sculptures from the V&A’s collections that Nao has become interested in during his current ceramics residency here at the Museum.

Room 64b Medieval & Renaissance

See our events listings for details of when to visit Nao’s studio during the Festival.

This display is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3663/live-upblank-totem-by-nao-matsunaga-5182/

Photo of pearls arranged in circular shape

DISPLAY: Ama 2014

  • 13 — 21 September 2014

DISPLAY: Michael Anastassiades in collaboration with Flos will present the lighting installation Ama, made by mouth-blown opaline spheres and brass. The piece is an appreciation of the pearl diving mermaids of Japan.

Ama 2014 is a tribute to the savage beauty of the last Ama women, still diving at the age of 90, as well as to the ones who were taken away by the 20th century events within the Japanese archipelago.

British Galleries Room 118

This display is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3661/ama-2014-5180/

Colourful graphic design with circular shape

DISPLAY: Carousel Wall

  • 13 — 21 September 2014

DISPLAY: A collaboration between London-based print and design studio David David and British manufacturer Johnson Tiles, Carousel Wall sees the inside walls of the V&A’s Tunnel entrance covered in bold geometric shapes and bright shades.

Visitors will be greeted by a dazzling display of pattern and colour as they walk through a 50m2 mural installation, made up of tiled ceramic panels displayed vertically on two walls of the tunnel.

Based on an adaptation of Carousel (2011), the Jameel Prize-nominated artwork by David David co-founder David Saunders, the installation is inspired by Islamic geometrics interpreted through modern British production techniques.

V&A Tunnel Entrance

Supported by Johnson Tiles

This display is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3660/carousel-wall-5179/

Shell-like sculpture instlallation in the V&A garden

DISPLAY: Crest

  • 13 September — 24 October 2014

DISPLAY: Crest, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, provides an engaging feature across the pool in the centre of the V&A’s John Madejski Garden. The form explores the relationships between fluid and Cartesian, solid and void, surface and structure.

Engineered with Buro Happold and manufactured by Litestructures, the shell-like structure was pre-stressed in order to be realised as thin as possible, assembled as a flat plate of aluminium which is then bent into shape in situ.

Crest is designed as a demountable sculpture to be installed as a permanent feature within the ME Hotel in Dubai, also designed by Zaha Hadid, which opens in 2016.

John Madejski Garden

Supported by Meliã Hotels International
Manufactured by Lite Structures
Engineered by Buro Happold

This display is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3659/crest-5178/

glass shaping

DISPLAY: Human Nature

  • 13 — 21 September 2014

DISPLAY: The entrance to the V&A’s Glass Galleries will be transformed by a site specific work created by the Paris-based designer Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert.

Taking inspiration from the Art Nouveau movement’s attempts to 'bring the beauty of nature back into our lives' and working in close collaboration with leading glass specialist Vessel Gallery and supporters Perrier-Jouët, Wintrebert’s installation plays with the balance of light and form, as well as the paradoxical strength and fragility of glass.

Glass Room 131

Supported by Perrier-Jouet

This display is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3658/human-nature-5177/

Tapestry gallery in dark environment with rotating green light

DISPLAY: Candela

  • 13 — 21 September 2014

DISPLAY: The multi-disciplinary team comprising of product designer Felix de Pass, graphic designer Michael Montgomery and ceramicist Ian McIntyre present an immersive installation within one of the V&A’s darkest spaces.

A large rotary machine sits centrally, hovering just off the gallery floor. As the face of the machine revolves it passes through a light source charging its surface, which emits this energy as afterglow. The continual revolution of the machine creates a perpetual ebb and flow of light patterns travelling across the structure.

Tapestries, Room 94

Supported by Officine Panerai

This display is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3657/candela-5176/

Photo of a group of designers in a studio

DISPLAY: The Wish List

  • 13 September — 24 October 2014

DISPLAY: Sir Terence Conran and Benchmark Furniture teamed up with the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and invited 10 illustrious names in design and architecture to each nominate an emerging talent to collaborate on a very open brief: 'What have you always wanted in your home, but never been able to find?'

The resulting pieces are displayed on the Architecture Landing, and the staircase leading up to it from the Grand Entrance. The final object – a shed designed by Nathalie de Leval for Paul Smith – is displayed in the V&A’s John Madejski Garden.

Architecture Landing Room 127

Supported by American Hardwood Export Council
In collaboration with Benchmark Furniture and Sir Terence Conran

This display is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3656/the-wish-list-5175/

Photo of the tapestry gallery with mirror installations

DISPLAY: Double Space for BMW - Precision & Poetry in Motion

  • 13 September — 24 October 2014

DISPLAY: Fascinated by the themes of movement and the perception of space, multi-disciplinary designers Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby have devised an immersive, kinetic sculpture in conjunction with BMW that distorts the viewer’s sense of perspective as they view the Raphael cartoons on display at the V&A, and the architecture of the room they are standing in.

Two revolving reflective structures, suspended in the centre of the gallery, provide an ever-changing view, at once disorientating and captivating.

Supported by BMW Group
Manufactured by Millimetre
Engineered by ARUP
Lighting Design by SEAM
Lighting by ETC

Raphael Gallery, Room 48a

This display is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3654/double-space-for-bmw-precision-poetry-in-motion-5173/

A 3D printed white goat

DISPLAY: Dream-Land, by the T/Shirt Issue

  • 13 — 21 September 2014

DISPLAY: The T/Shirt Issue, a collective based in Berlin, have been in residence in the Museum for six months as part of a German design residency in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut London.

Their fabric installations have been created from 3D scans taken from objects in the V&A’s collection and merged together to create unique hybrids.

See our events listings for details of when to visit The T/shirt Issue’s studio or participate in one of their digital workshops.

British Galleries Room 52b

This display is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3662/dream-land-by-the-tshirt-issue-5181/

Image of Lynch's Lost Highway with a woman in red dress

SPECIAL EVENT: Lost Highway: film screening and introduction

  • 13 September 2014 7-10pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Richard Martin, author of the forthcoming book The Architecture of David Lynch, introduces Lynch’s uncanny noir thriller, Lost Highway (USA 1997 / 135mins / Certificate 18) and discusses how we might unlock the secrets of Lost Highway by looking carefully at the film’s design elements and architectural spaces.

Supported by MUBI

Suitable for over 18s only

19.00 - 22.00

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Adults £10, Concessions £7

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3568/lost-highway-film-screening-and-introduction-5082/

Photo of Paula Scher

SPECIAL EVENT: Paula Scher in conversation with Adrian Shaughnessy

  • 13 September 2014 4-5:30pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Graphic legend and New York-based partner of Pentagram, Paula Scher, presents a selection of her design work and talks about the challenges and opportunities throughout her esteemed career.

Scher will be interviewed by designer, writer and publisher Adrian Shaughnessy.

16.00-17.30

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £15, Concessions £10

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3567/paula-scher-in-conversation-with-adrian-shaughnessy-5081/

Words 'The Concept Lounge' in a bubble cloud

SPECIAL EVENT: The Concept Lounge: The Mighty Pen

  • 13 — 14 September 2014 10:30am-5pm

Join us for a weekend of immersive activity as illustrators create the mural room featuring workshops and live drawing throughout by Animaux Circus, Alice Bowsher,
Rachel McGivern and Wai Wai. Stop by to commission a complementary self-portrait or create your own artwork at one of our workshops.

Materials supplied by CASS ART

Digital Studio, Learning Centre, Level 3

10.30 - 11.30; 13.30 - 14.30; 16.00 - 17.00

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3614/the-concept-lounge-the-mighty-pen-5132/

Photo of a girl holding plastic films and a cassette video tape as a mask

SPECIAL EVENT: Lord Whitney & The Concept Lounge: Playing Faces

  • 13 — 14 September 2014 10:30am-5:30pm

Come and create your own wonderfully absurd portrait with Lord Whitney's photo booth. The art directing duo, Amy Lord and Rebekah Whitney will be creating eccentric portraits from whatever curious odds and sods they can lay their hands on – no coat hanger, shuttlecock or lampshade will be spared!

Materials supplied by CASS ART

Learning Centre Foyer, Level 3

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3613/lord-whitney-the-concept-lounge-playing-faces-5131/

Photo of a stand

SPECIAL EVENT: Studio Tuck-Tite & The Concept Lounge: Off The Press

  • 13 — 14 September 2014 10:30am-5:30pm

Join our hands on illustration and layout design workshops to assist the Tuck-tite team in compiling giant hardcopy pages for their London Design Festival Zeen. With special guests from the world of graphic design, printmaking and illustration as your guides, the publication will be digitally disseminated throughout the festival.

Materials supplied by CASS ART

Art Studio, Learning Centre, Level 3

10.30 - 12.00; 13.30 - 15.00; 16.00 - 17.30

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3612/studio-tuck-tite-the-concept-lounge-off-the-press-5130/

A group in discussion

YOUNG PEOPLE'S EVENT: The importance of an Online Portfolio as part of your Creative Career

  • 13 September 2014 4:30-5:45pm

The importance of an online portfolio as part of your creative career – aimed at young people and given by ARTS THREAD industry experts. A talk followed by a Q&A and portfolio surgery. This will include starter technical information on images and text, how to link your portfolio to other sites and social media.

Seminar Room 3, Learning Centre, Level 3

16.40 - 17.45

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3611/the-importance-of-an-online-portfolio-as-part-of-your-creative-c-5129/

A girl spinning a colour wheel

YOUNG PEOPLE'S EVENT: Learn how the Festival can help your Career Choices

  • 13 September 2014 2:45-4:15pm

This talk by ARTS THREAD is aimed at young people who want to find out how to get started in design. Get to know how the designers showing at London Design Festival started in the creative industry: the challenges of designing and setting up your own business. A chance to ask advice from industry experts.

Seminar Room 3, Learning Centre, Level 3

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3610/learn-how-the-festival-can-help-your-career-choices-5128/

Letterpress Font A

SPECIAL EVENT: A2/3d: A 3d Printed Letterpress Font

  • 13 September 2014 12-5:30pm

Connecting the newest and oldest forms of printing, this film documents the design of a new typeface, fabricated as a physical font using 3D-print technology, and put to work in a traditional letterpress print studio.

Seminar Room 1, Learning Centre, Level 3

12.00 - 12.30; 14.30 - 15.00; 16.00 - 16.30; 17.00 - 17.30

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3609/a23d-a-3d-printed-letter-font-5127/

photo of young people participating in a workshop

YOUNG PEOPLE'S EVENT: Enhance Your Profile through Blogging and Social Media

  • 13 September 2014 1-2:30pm

ARTS THREAD's team of journalists will give a talk and workshop to teach you how to market yourself and your new creative business through blogs, newsletters and social media, such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest to promote what you do to a wider audience. Suitable for recent graduates.

Seminar Room 3, Learning Centre, Level 3

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3608/enhance-your-profile-through-blogging-and-social-media-5126/

Photo of Alan Kitching

SPECIAL EVENT: Alan Kitching and Monotype

  • 13 September 2014 2-3:30pm

Alan Kitching is one of the world's foremost practitioners of letterpress typographic design and printmaking. Alan will show work from his 50-year career, including a detailed look at a recent collaboration with Monotype.

The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Level 3

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3607/alan-kitching-and-monotype-5125/

projection of an image of a man on a sketchbook

SPECIAL EVENT: Jim Sutherland on Joy in Graphic Design

  • 13 September 2014 12-1:30pm

Design can potentially delight, entertain, surprise, inform, engage and tell stories. A collection of my work, observations and ideas that make me – and hopefully others – happy. – Jim Sutherland, Founder of Hat-Trick Design.

The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Level 3

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3606/jim-sutherland-on-joy-in-graphic-design-5124/

Black and white photo of a girl

SPECIAL EVENT: Breaking into the Design Industry – A Design Week Session

  • 13 September 2014 11am-12:30pm

Design Week presents a panel session on how to break into the design industry. Featuring Magpie co-founder Ben Christie, Jack Renwick of Jack Renwick Studio and illustrator Gordon Reid of Middleboop.

Seminar Room 3, Learning Centre, Level 3

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3605/breaking-into-the-design-industry-a-design-week-session-5123/

photo of John Daniel

SPECIAL EVENT: 4 Corners: Design from the African Diaspora

  • 13 September 2014 10:30-11:30am

Launched by Jon Daniel and Design Week in February 2013, 4 Corners is the first regular column by a mainstream publisher to showcase pioneering, emerging and established creative professionals from the African diaspora. This talk introduces select work from the USA, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean.

The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Level 4

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3604/4-corners-design-from-the-african-diaspora-5122/

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SPECIAL EVENT: Future Graphics

  • 13 — 16 September 2014

A free programme of short films showcasing cutting-edge motion graphics, CGI environments and digital art on film.

Curated by Design on Film, Factory Fifteen and Penny Hilton, the films play on a loop throughout the V&A’s opening hours – drop in whenever you like.

Room 56c, British Galleries, Level 2

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3601/future-graphics-5119/

Springs of sofa exposed

SPECIAL EVENT: Ella Doran Design

  • 13 — 19 September 2014

SPECIAL EVENT: Ella Doran Design: Putting the Circular Economy into Action with ‘Haute-Design’ Refurbished Upholstered Chairs.

Drop in to view this ‘live’ installation by Ella Doran, Galapagos Designs, The Great Recovery (RSA), built from several upholstered chairs that are successively deconstructed and refurbished in the V&A Design Studio throughout the London Design Festival week.

A changing mix of old and refurbished chairs can be seen in a special display in the Learning Centre Foyer, Level 3

10.00 - 17.45

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3600/ella-doran-design-5118/

A red book designed by Irma

SPECIAL EVENT: Irma Boom Introduced By D&AD's Last President Laura Jordan-Bambach

  • 14 September 2014 12-1pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Amsterdam-based Irma Boom specialises in bookmaking. Boom will present work, talk about her design process and also highlight the importance of books and why she still designs them.

She has made more than 250 books, 50 of which are in the collection of MoMA in New York City.

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £20, Concessions £15

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3569/irma-boom-introduced-by-dads-last-president-laura-jordan-bamba-5084/

red and white image design of London Design Festival at V&A

SPECIAL EVENT: B3 Short Cuts

  • 14 September 2014 4-5:30pm

SPECIAL EVENT: B3 Media presents Short Cuts, a unique digital shorts showcase featuring innovative projects by multi-ethnic creative talent (film, moving image, animation and digital arts) plus Q&As with award-winning filmmaker Rungano Nyoni (Mwansa The Great, The List) and Kibwe Tavares (Jonah, Robots of Brixton).

For more information visit: www.b3media.net/shortcuts

Seminar Room 3, Learning Centre, Level 3

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3618/b3-short-cuts-5136/

Photo of food made in the shape of alphabets

SPECIAL EVENT: TypeTasting with Sarah Hyndman

  • 14 September 2014 2-3:30pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Join graphic designer Sarah Hyndman for an interactive talk full of demonstrations about how typefaces influence what we read.

The audience will have the opportunity to volunteer to be 'lab rats' in the Human Experiment: Sarah's ongoing research into typeface associations. You can find out how type is 'hidden in plain sight'; play a game of 'type karaoke'; and see how type can evoke difference senses, such as taste.

Seminar Room 3, Learning Centre, Level 3

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3617/typetasting-with-sarah-hyndman-5135/

Photo of a girl drawing

SPECIAL EVENT: Running a Design Business – A Design Week Session

  • 14 September 2014 11am-12:30pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Design Week presents a session on how to run a design business. Featuring SomeOne co-founder Gary Holt, Interabang co-founder Adam Giles and illustrator Lizzie Mary Cullen.

Seminar Room 3, Learning Centre, Level 3

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3616/running-a-design-business-a-design-week-session-5134/

Book spines of Penguin books forming rainbow colour

SPECIAL EVENT: David Pearson and Jim Stoddart on Designing for Penguin

  • 14 September 2014 10:30-11:30am

Designer David Pearson and Penguin Books art director Jim Stoddart will discuss various Penguin book cover design projects from the past ten years. The pair have worked together on projects such as the award-winning Penguin by Design series and the acclaimed front cover for the reissue of George Orwell’s 1984.

The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Level 4

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3615/david-pearson-and-jim-stoddart-on-designing-for-penguin-5133/

Movie still from Speed Racer with Emile Hirsch

SPECIAL EVENT: Speed Racer: film screening and introduction

  • 14 September 2014 2-5pm

SPECIAL EVENT: In his introduction to Speed Racer (Directors Lana and Andy Wachowski, USA 2008 / 135mins / Certificate PG), award-winning games designer, filmmaker and curator David Surman celebrates the kitsch beauty of the film's world and its unapologetically vibrant design in an age of cookie-cutter blockbusters.

14.00 - 17.00

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014

Emile Hirsch as Speed Racer in a scene from Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ action adventure “Speed Racer,” ©2008 Village Roadshow Films (BVI) Limited

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £10, Concessions £7

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3566/speed-racer-film-screening-and-introduction-5080/

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SPECIAL EVENT: Global Design Forum: Let there be light

  • 15 September 2014 1-2:30pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Let there be light: the future of illumination

The humble light bulb has come a long way since its invention over 130 years ago.

The technologies now available provide transformative solutions that can improve many areas of our lives: boosting health, uniting communities, improving safety and saving energy as well as enhancing environments, lifting moods and creating spectacle.

Our panel will discuss the importance of lighting across their studio projects and will explore some of the exciting developments in this fast-changing sector.

The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Level 4

Ticket required. Please visit www.globaldesignforum.com for more information

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3651/global-design-forum-let-there-be-light-5170/

Red and white image design of London Design Festival

SPECIAL EVENT: Stanley Picker Gallery Presents WWW.PILOTSCHANNEL.ORG. An El Ultimo Grito Poi Project

  • 15 September 2014 1:30-2:30pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Celebrating the launch of a new online resource and a publication promoting experimental models of design education, a group of Pilots participants re-convene to reflect upon and continue dialogues, one year on from the first sessions held at the Stanley Picker Gallery (Kingston University).

Seminar Room 3, Learning Centre, Level 3

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3623/stanley-picker-gallery-presents-wwwpilotschannelorg-5141/

Photo of a glass structure on a public plaza

SPECIAL EVENT: Design for Social Impact

  • 15 September 2014 4:30-5:30pm

SPECIAL EVENT: How can the design of our built environment support wellbeing and thriving communities?

Join the RSA for a debate on how architecture and design are fundamentally public acts, and how they can address political, cultural and social challenges facing the world for positive impact.

Follow #RSADesign

Seminar Room 3, Learning Centre, Level 3

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3622/design-for-social-impact-5140/

Photo of Jeremy Maxwell

SPECIAL EVENT: Design through Craft

  • 15 September 2014 11am-12pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert will discuss his work and collaboration with Perrier Jouet and Lamberts Glass in their creation of ‘Human Nature'.

Seminar Room 3, Learning Centre, Level 3

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3621/design-through-craft-5139/

Photo of a group of designers in a studio

SPECIAL EVENT: The Wish List – A Conversation with the Design Team

  • 15 September 2014 3:30-4:30pm

SPECIAL EVENT: The Wish List – A Conversation with the Design Team, Chaired by Edwin Heathcote

Ten leaders in design have commissioned ten emerging designers to create the object they have always wanted.

The Wish List celebrates sustainable design and the power of craftsmanship and woodworking, brought together by the American Hardwood Export Council and Benchmark Furniture for the London Design Festival 2014 at the V&A.

The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Level 4

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3620/the-wish-list-a-conversation-with-the-design-team-5138/

Destruction of the Country House

SPECIAL EVENT: Country House – Past, Present and Future

  • 15 September 2014 10:30am-12:30pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Join Marcus Binney, architectural historian, as he introduces 40 years of championing Britain’s architectural heritage.

Join the debate on the fate of endangered landmarks great and small, from historic houses to civic and industrial buildings, churches and chapels, terraced houses and cottages.

The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Level 4

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3619/country-house-past-present-and-future-5137/

Sketch of artist in residence Liam O'Connor

SPECIAL EVENT: Open Studio: Exhibition Road Drawing Resident, Liam O’Connor

  • 15 — 19 September 2014

SPECIAL EVENT: Visit artist Liam O’Connor’s studio to learn more about his work, inspired by London and its architecture, and see what he has been working on during his residency in response to our Exhibition Road building site.

15 and 19 September

11.00 - 14.00 and 15.00 - 16.00

Meet at the Meeting Point, Main Entrance

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

First come, first served

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3624/open-studio-exhibition-road-drawing-resident-liam-oconnor-5142/

Photo of the base of Trajan's column with a door open

SPECIAL EVENT: Gallery Talk: Military Secret by James Rigler

  • 15 — 19 September 2014

SPECIAL EVENT: Join James Rigler in a short gallery talk to hear more about his work inside Trajan’s column, and also his wider practice as a ceramicist.

15, 17 and 19 September

Outside Trajan’s column, Gallery 46a, Cast Courts

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3625/gallery-talk-military-secret-by-james-rigler-5143/

Photo of a 3D printed white object with protruding edges

SPECIAL EVENT: A Designer's Guide to 3d Printing. Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co

  • 16 September 2014 2-3:30pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Take a look at current and future opportunities and legal threats of 3D printing for designers.

Hosted by design law experts Wragge Lawrence Graham, the panel includes Jonathan Rowley, design director of Digits2Widgets, Martin Darbyshire, CEO of Tangerine, and Tim Brown, co-founder of Three Over Seven.

Seminar Room Three

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Booking required. Call 020 7942 2211 to book.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3669/a-designers-guide-to-3d-printing-wragge-lawrence-graham-co-5188/

Red and white design image of London Design Festival at the V&A

SPECIAL EVENT: Global Design Forum: Five Ideas to Shake the World

  • 16 September 2014 4-5:30pm

SPECIAL EVENT: This fast-paced session puts the creators of the five best ideas we could find in front of a powerful panel who will judge – along with your own input – which will make the most significant contribution to our future lives.

Be it ethical hardware, health-monitoring software, the ‘open source’ revolution, 3D or even 4D printing, as well as advances in science, energy, food and shelter; vote for which ‘big idea’ is the most dynamic for our future.

The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Level 4

Ticket required. Please visit www.globaldesignforum.com for more information

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3652/global-design-forum-five-ideas-to-shake-the-world-5171/

A 3D printed white goat in black background

SPECIAL EVENT: Open Studio: Digital Design Resident, The T/Shirt Issue

  • 16 — 18 September 2014

SPECIAL EVENT: Visit the digital design collective The T/Shirt Issue in their studio to learn more about their work and see how they have been 3D scanning objects in our collection and turning them into fabric installations.

16 and 18 September

11.00 - 12.00 and 15.00 - 16.00

Meet at the Meeting Point, Main Entrance

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

First come, first served.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3635/open-studio-digital-design-resident-the-tshirt-issue-5154/

A palm holding a flint shaped object in white plastic material

SPECIAL EVENT: How Do You Design The Future?

  • 16 September 2014 4-5:30pm

SPECIAL EVENT: See change, inspire creativity, and design for the future.

Join the Pearlfisher Futures experience and get a glimpse of how the worlds of taste, body, luxury and connection will look, feel and behave in the future. An event not to be missed!

Seminar Room 3, Learning Centre, Level 3

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3634/how-do-you-design-the-future-5153/

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SPECIAL EVENT: Noise Festival 2014 Curator's Choice

  • 16 September 2014 1:30-5:30pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Discover the Design Industry's future stars, chosen by NOISE Festival 2014 Curators Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, Andy Bird (Executive Creative Director, Publicis), Ian Livingstone CBE (Life President, Eidos) and Jude Biddulph (SUCK UK), hosted by Blueprint Magazine's Contributing Editor and portfolio reviews.

Seminar Room 1, Learning Centre, Level 3

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3633/noise-festival-2014-curators-choice-5152/

3D printing of a goat

SPECIAL EVENT: Gallery Talk: Digital Design Resident, The T/Shirt Issue

  • 16 — 18 September 2014

SPECIAL EVENT: Join The T/shirt Issue in a short talk about Dream-Land, a new work that was created using 3D scans of objects in the V&A’s collection.

16 and 18 September

Gallery 52b, British Galleries, Level 2

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3632/gallery-talk-digital-design-resident-the-tshirt-issue-5151/

Photo of a man holding an object

SPECIAL EVENT: Beyond Design: Creating Emotional Relevance Nonobject

  • 16 September 2014 2:30-3:30pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Dismissing design as we know it, Branko Lukic – thought leader, author and designer – shows us that the future of design lies in a single-minded focus on emotional relevance.

The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Theatre, Level 4

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3628/beyond-design-creating-emotional-relevance-nonobject-5146/

Photo of a room with irregular white pillars, white smoke and two men in lab coats

SPECIAL EVENT: Designing for 21st Century Retail by Fragrance Lab

  • 16 September 2014 12:30-1:30pm

SPECIAL EVENT: The role of immersion, experience and architecture in a phygital environment: a presentation and discussion hosted by Linda Hewson, Creative Director, Selfridges; Philip Handford, Creative Director, Campaign; Chris Sanderson, Co-founder, The Future Laboratory.

Seminar Room 3, Learning Centre, Level 3

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3630/designing-for-21st-century-retail-by-fragrance-lab-5148/

Photo of a man and a woman sitting and talking

SPECIAL EVENT: Design: Managing the Legacy

  • 16 September 2014 12-4pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Managing a design legacy is a complex task. In this discussion with Paula Day (daughter of Robin and Lucienne Day), Paul Newman from Case Furniture and design historian Charlotte Fiell, we discover what designers should do to ensure that their designs are respected beyond their own lifetimes.

The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Level 4

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Free, ticket required.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3627/design-managing-the-legacy-5145/

Texts 'COPY' in white on black background

SPECIAL EVENT: EIP: Don't Just Patent It. Protect It.

  • 16 September 2014 11:30am-1pm

SPECIAL EVENT: You've got the killer idea. You know your market. You understand the target consumer. It’s time to apply for a patent that will fully protect your idea and secure your future success. Right? Perhaps not...

Seminar Room 1, Learning Centre, Level 3

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3631/eip-dont-just-patent-it-protect-it-5149/

Red and white image design of London Design Festival at the V&A

SPECIAL EVENT: Decorex - Collecting for the Future

  • 16 September 2014 11am-12pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Celebrated journalist and broadcaster, Corinne Julius, hosts a discussion on the future of collecting contemporary craft and design. Featuring a panel of guests including a curator, a gallery owner, a maker and collector, they will look at collectable designs, how they can be added into interior spaces and how outside forces can influence the art of collecting.

Seminar Room 3, Learning Centre, Level 3

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3629/decorex-collecting-for-the-future-5147/

A device with touch technology

SPECIAL EVENT: The Future of Money Method & Dalton Maag

  • 16 September 2014 10:30-11:30am

SPECIAL EVENT: Method London's creative director, Philip O'Dwyer, chairs a panel discussion on the future of money. We will explore future scenarios, new technologies, and their impact on our everyday lives.

The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Level 4

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3626/the-future-of-money-method-dalton-maag-5144/

Red and white design image of London Design Festival at the V&A

SPECIAL EVENT: Global Design Forum: Curating Design

  • 17 September 2014 10:30am-12pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Traditional museum and gallery exhibitions are having to adapt to new ways of curating and showcasing design.

Online galleries and more accessible venues like shopping malls open up design to a much larger audience and bring the work to where the people are.

Bringing design alive for a contemporary audience, in an international context, is a real challenge for practicing curators today.

This session will open up the conversation on design curation and discuss the challenges, successes and future prospects in the field.

Ticket required. Please visit www.globaldesignforum.com for more information

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3652/global-design-forum-five-ideas-to-shake-the-world-5171/

Photo of a woman assembling a 3D printed white goat

SPECIAL EVENT: Residency Retrospective

  • 17 September 2014 5:30-6:30pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Join our Digital Design Residents, The T/shirt Issue, for an exclusive talk and Q&A session at the Goethe Institut London, just up the road from the V&A.

They will be talking about their work and looking back on their residency at the Museum.

Goethe Institut London, Exhibition Road

First come, first served.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3655/residency-retrospective-5174/

Photo of pointing fingers on a sheet of paper with bubbles of ideas

SPECIAL EVENT: No Place Like Home: Co-Design for a British Crisis – Tilt

  • 17 September 2014 12:30-3:30pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Design and architecture practice Studio TILT has gained an international reputation for its unique codesign methodology.

Join them for a workshop adopting a user-centred approach to develop a speculative typology for improving the British home and challenging the housing crisis.

Seminar Room 3, Learning Centre, Level 3

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3640/no-place-like-home-co-design-for-a-british-crisis-tilt-5159/

Springs of a sofa

SPECIAL EVENT: Putting the Circular Economy into Action

  • 17 September 2014 4-5:30pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Putting the Circular Economy into Action with ‘Haute-Design’ Refurbished Upholstered Chairs

Join Ella Doran (designer), Galapagos Designs (maker) and The Great Recovery Project, RSA (process and theory) as they talk about their approach to, and insights from, their collaborative ‘live’ installation of deconstructed and refurbished upholstered chairs that is set up in V&A's Learning Centre Foyer throughout the LDF.

Seminar Room 3, Learning Centre, Level 3

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3639/putting-the-circular-economy-into-action-5158/

Photo of tapestry gallery in dark environment with green circular light in the middle

SPECIAL EVENT: Candela for London Design Festival

  • 17 September 2014 11am-12pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Felix de Pass, Michael Montgomery and Ian McIntyre meet to discuss their installation at the V&A, Candela, sponsored by Panerai.

The designers will talk about the project’s concept and development, working with phosphorescent materials and the experience of working as a multi-disciplinary team.

Seminar Room 3, Learning Centre, Level 3

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3638/candela-for-london-design-festival-5157/

photo of 3 men talking

SPECIAL EVENT: Double Space for BMW – Precision & Poetry in Motion

  • 17 September 2014 4-5pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Multi-disciplinery designers Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby will discuss their work and collaboration with the BMW Group in their creation of 'Double Space for BMW' at the V&A – a highlight of the London Design Festival at the V&A programme this year.

The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Theatre, Level 4

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3637/double-space-for-bmw-precision-poetry-in-motion-5156/

Dried cinnamon and a promengranate

SPECIAL EVENT: This Time in History: What Escapes

  • 17 September 2014 1-2pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Join artist Rose Frain as she speaks about her recent work, including This Time in History, an installation that combines objects selected from the V&A with her original art works.

The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Theatre, Level 4

This Time in History can be seen on the National Art Library landing until 1 February 2015.

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3636/this-time-in-history-what-escapes-5155/

a group of people in a studio

SPECIAL EVENT: Deconstructed by Apofena

  • 17 — 21 September 2014

Deconstructed is a non-commercial, highest level moving image project. This interdisciplinary piece is a result of an advanced filming technology, computer graphic techniques and most of all, an advanced creative process. Everything in the film was carefully chosen and designed around the principles of Deconstructivism.

Room 56c, British Galleries, Level 2

10.30 - 17.30 daily; Friday 10.30 - 22.00

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3603/deconstructed-by-apofena-5121/

Folio of William Shakespeare

SPECIAL EVENT: Designing Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright

  • 18 September 2014 3-3:30pm

SPECIAL EVENT: How do you create a contemporary display about the world’s most popular 450-year-old playwright, and bring it bang up to date with the latest in design?

Join this exclusive tour of Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright to find out. Led by the design team 59 Productions, and curator Vicky Broackes.

Gallery 106, Theatre and Performance, Level 3

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

William Shakespeares First Folio printed by Isaac Jaggard and Edward Blount 1623 © Victoria and Albert Museum London

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3647/designing-shakespeare-greatest-living-playwright-5166/

Silver inflatable Cobblestone in a street protest

SPECIAL EVENT: Curator Tour: Disobedient Objects

  • 18 September 2014 2-2:30pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Join curator Catherine Flood for an introduction to Disobedient Objects, the first exhibition to examine the powerful role of objects in movements for social change.

Learn about how the exhibition was created, and the backstory to some of Catherine’s favourite objects.

Meet at Entrance to the Exhibition, Porter Gallery

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Inflatable Cobblestone © Oriana EliçabeEnmedio

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3646/curator-tour-disobedient-objects-5165/

Logo of CRe-AM

SPECIAL EVENT: Envisioning the Future of Design, a Cre-Am Workshop

  • 18 September 2014 2:30-5:30pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Come and join us for two exciting workshops organized by the CRe-AM team!

Help us advise the European Commission on how to invest in the fields of design and ICT by telling us what you think tomorrow will look like.

Seminar Room 1, Learning Centre, Level 3

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3645/envisioning-the-future-of-design-a-cre-am-workshop-5164/

Empty stage and seats with title 'DESIGN DATE'

SPECIAL EVENT: Design Date: Depot Basel

  • 18 September 2014 2:30-3:30pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Working in design means looking for opportunities that come through others.

A designer seeks a producer; a curator hunts for a designer and vice versa. Emulating a live episode of the TV game show Blind Date, Depot Basel reflects how flirting can be an active part of our professional lives.

The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Level 4

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3644/design-date-depot-basel-5163/

A group of people in a studio

SPECIAL EVENT: Deconstruced Seminar: Apofena

  • 18 September 2014 10:30am-5:30pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Deconstructed is a non-commercial, highest level moving image project.

This interdisciplinary piece is a result of an advanced filming technology, computer graphic techniques and most of all, an advanced creative process. Everything in the film was carefully chosen and designed around the principles of Deconstructivism.

Seminar Room 3, Learning Centre, Level 3

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3643/deconstructed-seminar-apofena-5162/

Silver inflatable cobblestone in a street protest

SPECIAL EVENT: Disobedient Objects – Part II. Exhibition Design

  • 18 September 2014 4:45-5:30pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Join Disobedient Objects designers Line Lund, Jonathan Barnbrook and Marwan Kaabour to hear about how they approached designing the exhibition – the challenges of showing objects of protest and activism in a national museum, and their solutions for maintaining context and liveness of the material.

The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Level 4

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Inflatable Cobblestone © Oriana EliçabeEnmedio

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3642/disobedient-objects-part-ii-exhibition-design-5161/

Silver inflatable cobblestone in a street protest

SPECIAL EVENT: Disobedient Objects – Part I. Protest Design

  • 18 September 2014 4-4:45pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Join Noel Douglas, artist, designer and activist, for a talk about designing in a disobedient context.

Noel’s work features in the current V&A exhibition Disobedient Objects, which explores the powerful role of objects in movements for social change.

The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Level 4

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Inflatable Cobblestone © Oriana EliçabeEnmedio

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3641/disobedient-objects-part-i-protest-design-5160/

Lufsig soft toy wolf

SYMPOSIUM: Rapid Response Collecting

  • 18 September 2014 10:30am-1pm

SYMPOSIUM: Rapid Response is a new strand to the V&A’s collecting activity – one that is responsive to global events, situating design in immediate relation to moments of political, economic and social change.

Join us to discuss how an Ikea toy wolf, a set of Katy Perry eyelashes and a 3D-printed gun raise questions of globalisation, mass manufacture, demography and the law.

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £25, Concessions £20, Students £15.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3520/rapid-response-collecting-5025/

woman in white wedding dress

SPECIAL EVENT: Introducing Wedding Dresses 1775-2014

  • 19 September 2014 6:30-6:45pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Join V&A Curator of Textiles and Fashion Edwina Ehrman for an exclusive introduction to the spectacular exhibition Wedding Dresses 1775-2014.

Learn about the development of the fashionable white wedding dress, and hear some personal insights into how the exhibition came together.

Meet at entrance to the exhibition, Gallery 40

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Free, with exhibition ticket

Pale grey slashed chiffon wedding dress designed by Gareth Pugh and veil by Stephen Jones 2011. Courtesy of Katie Shillingford. Photo Amy Gwatkin.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3650/introducing-wedding-dresses-1775-2014-5169/

Fabric design of the alphabet A

SPECIAL EVENT: Pop-Up Workshop: Monoprint Bunting

  • 19 September 2014 11am-3pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Celebrate London life in this monoprint workshop.

Under the guidance of textile designer Nicole Line from Pop-Up Workshops, use a selection of found objects and stencils to create a unique monoprint on cloth.

Add your cloth to our bunting display and watch the decorations grow throughout the day.

Art Studio, Learning Centre, Level 3

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3649/pop-up-workshop-monoprint-bunting-5168/

Multiple portrait photos of Londoners

SPECIAL EVENT: 1000 Londoners: Design in London

  • 19 September 2014 4-5pm

SPECIAL EVENT: A new challenge has been set by 1000 Londoners to find short documentary films that express the diversity of people whose lives are involved in design.

The top five submissions will be screened during the London Design Festival, along with five other 1000 Londoner films.

The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Level 4

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3648/1000-londoners-design-in-london-5167/

Photo of Zeev Aram sitting

SPECIAL EVENT: In Conversation With Zeev Aram: 50 Years Of Design In London

  • 19 September 2014 From 1pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the legendary London design store Aram, owner and founder Zeev Aram will take part in a special talk dedicated to his life and role in the development of the capital’s design scene.

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £10, no concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3596/in-conversation-with-zeev-aram-50-years-of-design-in-london-5112/

Young persons taking a guided fashion tour

CREATETOUR: London Design Festival

  • 19 September 2014 8-8:30pm

YOUNG PEOPLE'S TOUR: Join members of CreateVoice to find out about the galleries that inspire them.

Explore a selection of highlights from the London Design Festival 2014.

Meeting Point, Grand Entrance

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3440/createtour-london-design-festival-4904/

Photo of two individuals in London Design Festival

CREATEINSIGHTS: London Design Festival

  • 19 September 2014 6:30-8pm

YOUNG PEOPLE'S TALK: Go behind the scenes with members of CreateVoice. Hear what it's like to take part in the London Design Festival from one of designers exhibiting at this year's festival.

The Clore Centre: Room 55

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3437/createinsightslondon-design-festival-4901/

Model with a pink dress and pink smoke in front of bushes.

EVENING TALK: Tim Walker Fashion and Photography

  • 19 September 2014 6:30-5:30pm

EVENING TALK: Tim Walker is one of the most visually exciting photographers of our time.

He uses extravagant staging and romantic motifs to create images that look like daydreams, and has worked with some of the biggest names in fashion and contemporary culture, including Alexander McQueen, Stella Tennant, Kate Bush and Agnes Deyn.

He will discuss his work and his unmistakable, striking style.

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £9, Concessions £7.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3415/tim-walker-fashion-and-photography-4865/

Photo of Cloithworkers Centre

SPECIAL EVENT: Open House London: Clothworkers Centre, Blythe House

  • 20 — 21 September 2014 12-4pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Glimpse inside the V&A Study Centre at Blythe House near Olympia, and take a tour of The Clothworkers' Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion.

Tours are at 12.00, 14.00 & 16.00

Booking essential

Clothworkers Centre, Blythe House

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014

Max 15 people per tour. Please note the tours are not suitable for children, or for those in wheelchairs. The reception area is accessible and suitable for children and contains toys from the Paolozzi Krazy Kat Arkive of Popular Culture.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3572/open-house-london-clothworkers-centre-blythe-house-5087/

Photo of the facade of Blythe House

SPECIAL EVENT: Open House London: V&A Study Centre, Blythe House

  • 20 — 21 September 2014 11am-5pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Glimpse inside the V&A Study Centre at Blythe House near Olympia, including new reception area by Haworth Tompkins and display of Eduardo Paolozzi's Krazy Kat Arkive of Twentieth-Century Popular Culture.

Blythe House

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014

The reception area is accessible and suitable for children and contains toys from the Paolozzi Krazy Kat Arkive of Popular Culture. The tours not suitable for children, or for those in wheelchairs.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3571/open-house-london-va-study-centre-blythe-house-5086/

Visitors poking their head into design objects

SPECIAL EVENT: Digital Design Weekend

  • 20 — 21 September 2014 10:30am-5pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Join us for a weekend of events celebrating contemporary digital art and design. It will include interactive installations, robotics, tinkering and inventive electronics, workshops, family activities, demonstrations and more.

Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 September, 10.30-17.00

Various locations around the Museum.

The Digital Design Weekend coincides with the London Design Festival at the V&A.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3404/digital-design-weekend-4853/

Fabric pattern showing a peacock

STUDY DAY: From Owen Jones to Marianne Straub: 150 years of the Warner Archive

  • 20 September 2014 11am-5pm

STUDY DAY: The Warner Textile Archive represents two centuries of creativity and commerce. It includes Spitalfields silks from the late 18th and 19th centuries, Victorian designs by Owen Jones and William Morris, and vibrant examples of Art Deco, Contemporary, and Pop styles.

Acclaimed for the high quality of their luxury textiles, from 1885 the company was also responsible for weaving the silks and velvet for the Royal Coronations and historic palaces.

This event marks the 150th anniversary of the archive with a day of talks about its designers and heritage from Mary Schoeser, Christine Boydell and others.

In collaboration with Warner’s Archive

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £45, Concessions £35, Students £15.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3414/from-owen-jones-to-marianne-straub-150-years-of-the-warner-arch-4864/

Movie still from AI Robot

SPECIAL EVENT: A.I. Artificial Intelligence: film screening and introduction

  • 20 September 2014 7-10pm

SPECIAL EVENTS: Watch A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Director Stephen Spielberg, USA 2001 / 145mins / Certificate 12) and hear Professor Mark Bishop, a world authority on computer intelligence, introduce the dazzling sci-fi created by Kubrick and Spielberg.

Tracing its genesis in Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange, Professor Bishop discusses the movie's robot child with current developments in A.I. technology and philosophy.

Supported by MUBI

Suitable for over 12 years only

19.00 - 22.00

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

This event is part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Adults £10, Concessions £7

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3570/ai-artificial-intelligence-film-screening-and-introduction-5085/

photogrpah of gold buddha

Arts of South and Southeast Asia and the Islamic Middle East

  • 22 September 2014 — 6 July 2015

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

(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/

american poster

American Art and Design: 1850 - 2000

  • 23 September — 18 November 2014

For much of the 20th century, American culture, images and products led the world. The skyscraper, the coca-cola bottle, Andy Warhol’s soup cans and numerous other iconic objects became globally recognised symbols of progress, prosperity and cultural and commercial power.

This course tells the story of American art and design from the early days of industrialisation to the glory years of the late 20th century. It explores the complex story of how design developed as a profession and as a leisure activity reflecting the national traditions of self-improvement and self-expression. And it investigates the growing confidence of artists and architects that ultimately led to the creation of International Modernism.

The course covers principal movements from the arts and crafts, including Shaker and Aesthetic styles, to postmodernism and the work of Frank Gehry and Robert Venturi. It also includes major styles such as Impressionism, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism, and major trends including streamlining, Pop and Industrial Chic.

Suitable for

Admission

£295, £250 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3431/american-art-and-design-1850-2000-4888/

photogrpah of scandinavian chair

Scandinavian Art and Design: 1850 - 1950

  • 23 September 2014 — 18 November 2015

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

(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/

Dakota model photo taken by Bruce Oldfield

EVENING TALK: Bruce Oldfield: Talking Fashion

  • 24 September 2014 6:30-7:30pm

EVENING TALK: Bruce Oldfield is one of Britain’s most acclaimed fashion designers.

Best-known for his couture occasionwear and wedding dresses, he has dressed many of Hollywood’s elite – including Sienna Miller, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Charlotte Rampling – as well as royalty and the international jet-set. His most famous client was Diana, Princess of Wales.

He discusses his career and his approach to design.

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £9, Concessions £7.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3418/bruce-oldfield-talking-fashion-4868/

Bracket clock

High Renaissance to Baroque: 1500 – 1720

  • 24 September 2014 — 8 July 2015

(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

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 chair

The Twentieth Century: Masters of Modern Architecture and Design

  • 25 September 2014 — 26 March 2015

From Alvar Aalto to Frank Lloyd Wright, from Art Deco to Post-Modernism, this new, two-term course explores the major movements and practitioners associated with 20th-century design.

It examines architecture and design against the backdrop of the myriad manifestations of social, economic and technological change. Beginning with the origins of the Modern Movement in the years prior to WW1, it provides a chronological and contextual survey of the century's principal styles - including Art Deco, Surrealism, Bauhaus, Scandinavian Modern, Pop, Contemporary and Post-Modernism.

The course also highlights the contribution and influence of key practitioners such as Victor Horta, J-E Ruhlman, Le Corbusier, and Eileen Gray, and considers the impact of new materials and technology on furniture, textiles, architecture and decoration. Additional themes include retail and advertising, international exhibitions, and fashion and identity.

Led by Christine Lalumia, Design Historian and CEO, Contemporary Applied Art.

Suitable for

Admission

£1,200 for two terms, £1,000 concessions
£730 per term, £550 concessions
£60 per day, £45 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3434/the-twentieth-century-masters-of-modern-architecture-and-design-4889/

US Dollar with red overpint

BSL TALK: Disobedient Objects

  • 26 September 2014 6:30-7pm

BSL TALK: Explore our new exhibition through a BSL talk.

From Suffragette teapots to protest robots, this exhibition will be the first to examine the powerful role of objects in movements for social change.

It will demonstrate how political activism drives a wealth of design ingenuity and collective creativity that defy standard definitions of art and design.

Free, advanced booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3396/bsl-talk-disobedient-objects-4844/

Black and white photo taken in the street with people

TWO DAY COURSE: Street Photography

  • 26 — 28 September 2014

TWO DAY COURSE: Explore London’s buzzing streets as you work directly with street and portrait photographer Eddie Otchere. Get inspired by the Museum’s collections before heading out into the city and shooting from the hip to capture your own street scenes. Finally, choose your favourites to include in a printed Blurb book that will be delivered to your home.

DSLR camera required

Film Not Dead is not associated with this course.

Digital Studio, Sackler Centre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £240, Concessions £192.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3395/street-photography-4841/

photograph of object from early medieval

Early Medieval: 300 – 1250

  • 26 September 2014 — 17 July 2015

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/

sketched portrait of a man

Artistic Rivalries and Reputations: Renaissance to Modern

  • 26 — 5 September 2014 11am-3:30pm

Rivalry has always been a spur to creativity as well as a means of forging an artist’s reputation. Only when art became a matter of wider prestige, and the names of artists were considered worthy of record, could they begin to enjoy a reputation beyond the local sphere, and only then could the serious business of competition with contemporaries and across generations begin.

Since then the history of art has been dominated by celebrated rival reputations – between Leonardo and Michaelangelo, Manet and Monet, Matisse and Picasso, Magritte and Dali, Hockney and Freud.

So what is reputation, and is rivalry necessary to maintain it? This course explores the stories behind some of the most famous artistic rivalries, and how they have helped build and demolish reputations from the Early Renaissance to Modernism.

It will explain why competition has been fostered by patrons and academies and why commentators on the arts have shaped our image of the artist as brand. It will show how fame, personal envy, the clash between the old and the new, even the Media-manufactured reputations of today have transformed art through conflict and emulation.

Suitable for

Admission

£530, £450 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3427/artistic-rivalries-and-reputations-renaissance-to-modern-4886/

Skeleton brides

PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Till death Us Do Part: The Macabre Drawing Salon

  • 27 September 2014 2-4pm

PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Sketch skeleton brides and 'Morte Couture' wedding gowns at Art Macabre's alternative altar of love, death and broken hearts.

Inspired by Wedding Dresses 1775-2014, this theatrical life drawing experience will feature nude and costumed models posing to an accompaniment of tainted love songs and dark romantic tales, as you experiment with macabre mark making and fashion illustration in a group setting.

Led by Art Macabre Drawing Salons

With thanks to Cass Art

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£20, no concessions (includes a glass of wine)

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3413/till-death-us-do-part-the-macabre-drawing-salon-4863/

Plate and teacup with surrealist painting of a hand and weeds

STUDY DAY: Introducing Surrealist Art and Design

  • 27 September 2014 11am-5pm

STUDY DAY: Surrealism is one of the most influential art movements of the twentieth-century.

Drawing on the imagery of dreams and the unconscious, the style celebrated the bizarre and the fantastic, and artists transformed ordinary objects in the worlds of fashion, film, interiors, design and theatre by invoking the extraordinary and the unexpected.

This day explores the work of the main artists and designers associated with Surrealism, including Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Elsa Schiaparelli, Man Ray and Eileen Agar, and examines key works from the spheres of art, design, fashion and photography.

Seminar Room Three

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £45, Concessions £35, Students £15.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3420/introducing-surrealist-art-and-design-4870/

Stucco

DEMONSTRATION: The Art of Stucco

  • 28 September 2014 11am-4pm

DEMONSTRATION: Watch Geoffrey Preston demonstrate the techniques used in making Renaissance sculpture in relief in stucco.

This demonstration is part of the Robert H. Smith Renaissance Sculpture Programme

11.00-13.00 & 14.00-16.00

Art Studio, Sackler Centre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3521/the-art-of-stucco-5027/

Photo of commerical buildings with title 'Is London too rich to be interesting?'

SPECIAL EVENT: Is London too rich to be interesting?

  • 29 September 2014 From 7pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Join Intelligence Squared and a panel of speakers to explore whether London is too rich to be interesting. Is there evidence that the city is growing bland, or quite the reverse?

Speakers:

Akala: Rapper, poet and journalist. He is the founder of the Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company, a touring troupe that performs his adaptations of Shakespeare's work.

Simon Jenkins: Columnist on the Guardian and Evening Standard and chairman of the National Trust

Gavin Turk: Artist considered to be amongst the Young British Artists. He has pioneered many forms of contemporary British sculpture now taken for granted, including the painted bronze, the waxwork, the recycled art-historical icon and the use of rubbish in art.

Remaining speaker to be confirmed

Chair:

Kieran Long: Senior curator of contemporary architecture, design and digital at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Click the link to find out more and book online

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3556/is-london-too-rich-to-be-interesting-5070/

Photo of Kerry Taylor

EVENING TALK: Kerry Taylor: Fashion at Auction

  • 30 September 2014 6:30-7:30pm

EVENING TALK: Fashion expert and auctioneer, Kerry Taylor has handled the sale of some of the most important collections in the world of twentieth-century fashion – including the wardrobes of Eva Gardner, Diana Vreeland, Robbie Williams, and Diana, Princess of Wales.

Her clients have included Daphnee Guiness and Jerry Hall and she is frequently consulted by both the press and the museum world for her knowledge of vintage fashion and historic textiles. She talks about some of her most celebrated sales.

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £9, Concessions £7.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3423/kerry-taylor-fashion-at-auction-4873/

photograph of british theatre

British Theatre 2014: An Overview

  • 5 — 30 October 2014

Join Matt Wolf to explore a selection of the most significant productions of the last 12 months from bold new writing to notable revivals.

Matt Wolf is a London theatre critic for the International New York Times and theatre editor at theartsdesk. It is an exciting moment for London’s vibrant theatre scene with a wealth of critically acclaimed and ‘must-see’ productions being created. Meet leading practitioners including directors, producers and actors as they join Matt in discussion about contemporary theatre, providing fascinating insight for any avid theatregoer. Previous guests have included Vicky Featherstone, Sonia Friedman, Hattie Morahan, and Michael Grandage.

11.00-13.00

8 weeks, Sundays, 5 October – 30 November 2014 (Half term: 2 November)

£295, £250 concessions

Course Leader: Matt Wolf, lecturer and leading theatre critic.

Suitable for

Admission

£295, £250 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3478/british-theatre-2014-an-overview-4961/

Political poster with people on protest

CONFERENCE: Posters, Politics, Protest: British Political Posters

  • 10 October 2014 9:30am-5:30pm

CONFERENCE: In the run-up to the General Election 2015, curators, campaigners and designers will explore the significance of the poster to British political debate.

Topics will include the history of posters, design as activism, the management and manipulation of billboards, subversions and internet spoofs, and the influence of new media on how political posters are conceived and deployed.

This conference will examine the issues raised by collecting and interpreting material with strong political resonance. Which iconic posters have influenced our vote? What should we collect now and how should we record contextual material?

Come and debate these issues at the People’s History Museum Manchester (PHM), organised in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £25, Concessions £15.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3387/posters-politics-protest-british-political-posters-4824/

Photo of the Mind and Soul Choir singing

SPECIAL EVENT: Mind & Soul Choir…Take the Stage

  • 10 October 2014 7-7:45pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Join the Mind and Soul choir for a special performance to mark World Mental Health day.

Founded as a way to promote mental wellbeing and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness, the choir will perform a selection of songs – from electro-pop to folk.

Medieval and Rennaisance: Room 50b

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3574/mind-soul-choirtake-the-stage-5089/

image from italian villas

Italian Villas: Ancient Rome to The Renaissance

  • 14 October 2014 — 3 March 2015

This two-term course will trace the development of villas and villeggiatura – the ruling classes’ ‘good life’ in the country from Ancient Rome to the end of the Renaissance.

The first term will lay out the historical and literary foundations of villa culture in Antiquity and will consider archaeological evidence, such as Nero’s Golden House and Hadrian’s villa in Tivoli. Then with the disintegration of the Roman Empire villa culture disappeared, only to re-emerge in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, with the Medici in Florence leading the revival of villa building, garden design and country living in a Classical spirit.

The second term will study villeggiatura in the sixteenth-century, focusing on the Veneto and on the Roman Campagna. Many of the huge agricultural estates of the former are dominated by the elegant mansions of star architect Andrea Palladio, while the papal summer retreats of the latter are characterised by stunning gardens, such as Villa d’Este at Tivoli or Villa Lante at Bagnaia.

Part I: 4 weeks, Tuesdays, 14 October – 4 November 14
Part II: 4 weeks, Tuesdays, 3 February – 3 March 15
(Half term: 17 February)
Course Leader: Dr Joachim Strupp, Art Historian

Suitable for

Admission

£400, £340 concessions for Part I & II
£200, £170 concessions for Part I or II

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3476/italian-villas-ancient-rome-to-the-renaissance-4959/

Photo of Debbie Moore

SPECIAL EVENT: Debbie Moore: Reflections on Pineapple (non-Members)

  • 22 October 2014 7-8:45pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Debbie Moore OBE, in conversation, will take you on her journey from international model to the first woman to list her company on the London Stock Exchange.

She built a dance studio in a derelict Covent Garden warehouse, where absolute beginners could mix with professional dancers and celebrities, including Madonna and 1D. Inspired by the dancers' style, Debbie developed cotton Lycra with DuPont and was the first fashion designer to use this versatile fabric for dresses and leggings, which revolutionised fashion and created the global Pineapple brand that continues to be a staple of every woman's wardrobe today.

Evening Talk Organised by Membership Events

19.00 - 20.00 (talk) 20.00 - 20.45 (refreshments)
£15

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

To book by phone call 020 7942 2277

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £15, no concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3594/debbie-moore-reflections-on-pineapple-non-members-5110/

Photo of the facade of the Clothworkers' Centre

CONFERENCE: A Year at Clothworkers

  • 23 October 2014 10:30am-5:15pm

CONFERENCE: This one day conference celebrates a year at the V&A’s Clothworkers' Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion, located at Blythe House in West London.

The Centre provides access to the Museum’s outstanding collection of textiles and fashion.

The conference will explore the breadth of new research emerging across cultures and periods, from carpets to collaborations, with twenty-first century international fashion designers.

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £25, Concessions £20, Students £15.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3381/a-year-at-clothworkers-4825/

A kid using a computer

FAMILY EVENT: Digital Kids October Half Term

  • 25 October — 2 November 2014

FAMILY EVENT: Have fun creating your own digital art with help from experts.

Recommended for ages 5+

10.30 – 17.00

Limited places available

Digital Studio, Sackler Centre

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3562/digital-kids-october-half-term-5076/

Fabric pattern of a flower designed by the Watts & Co

STUDY DAY: Giants of the Gothic Revival: Watts & Co from Pugin to Comper

  • 25 October 2014 10:30am-5:30pm

STUDY DAY: Celebrate 140 years of Watts & Co., one of the world’s foremost suppliers of fine ecclesiastical textiles, furnishings and accessories. The company’s long and rich history embraces the grandeur of the Gothic Revival, the refinement of Aestheticism and the dynamism of modern, cutting edge style.

Its designers have included A. W. N. Pugin, G. G. Scott Jr., G. F. Bodley, Ninian Comper, and Keith Murray.

This day explores the architecture, design and craft from the Victorians to the present; speakers include Alan Powers, Ayla Lepine, Michael Hall, Abraham Thomas, Mary Schoeser and Gavin Stamp.

Seminar Room Three

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £45, Concessions £35, Students £15.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3522/giants-of-the-gothic-revival-watts-co-from-pugin-to-comper-5028/

Protesters on the street with a giant inflatable silver object

CONFERENCE: Curating Conflicts: Disobedient Objects

  • 8 November 2014 10am-5:15pm

CONFERENCE: This international conference will explore the challenges in archiving and curating objects and artefacts of recent and historical political conflict.

It will bring together academics, social activists, artists, designers and curators engaged with staging displays, archiving material and raising debate inside and outside of cultural institutions.

Speakers will include Josh McPhee and Jen Hoyer from the Interference Archive New York, Liberate Tate, Michael MacMillan, Pogus Caesar, Jonathan Barnbrook, Ruth Morrow and Carrie Reichardt.

In collaboration with the University of Kingston

Seminar Room Three

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £25, Concessions £20, Students £15

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3380/curating-conflicts-disobedient-objects-4823/

photo of a house in black and white

CONFERENCE: The Shadow of 1914: British Architecture and Design, 1900-25

  • 22 November 2014 10:30am-5:30pm

CONFERENCE: For one hundred years, the architecture of Britain in the decades either side of 1914 has been neglected by scholars and largely viewed in negative terms.

Based on the fact that 1914 acts as the chronological division point between the coverage of the Victorian and Twentieth Century Societies, this one-day conference presented jointly by the two societies aims to set out the stylistic tendencies of the time, plus wider movements in design and urbanism. It will cast light into the shadows that have lain over the period for so long.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£65.00 including lunch, £45.00 excluding lunch, students £55.00 including lunch, £35.00 excluding lunch.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3386/the-shadow-of-1914-british-architecture-and-design-1900-192-4831/

Line Fishing Off Hastings

Masters of British Landscape: Gainsborough, Constable, Turner, and the Pre-Raphaelites

  • 25 November — 16 December 2014

11.00-15.30

FOUR WEEK COURSE: From Gainsborough and Stubbs, to Turner and Constable, Whistler and Nash, British art is renowned for the work of its great landscape painters. This course investigates the contribution of Britain’s greatest landscape artists and seeks to explain why landscape painting became the central expression of the British visual imagination.

Course Leader: Dr. Justine Hopkins, freelance lecturer and writer

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£200, £170 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3471/masters-of-british-landscape-gainsborough-constable-turner-a-4953/

A kid using a computer

FAMILY EVENT: Digital Kids

  • 7 December 2014 10:30am-5pm

FAMILY EVENT: Have fun creating your own digital art with help from experts.

Recommended for ages 5+

10.30 – 17.00

Limited places available

Digital Studio, Sackler Centre

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3554/digital-kids-5068/

John Pilger in Indonesia, shooting a documentary

EVENING TALK: John Pilger: In Conversation

  • 9 December 2014 6:30-7:30pm

EVENING TALK: The work of the award-winning, campaigning journalist, author and documentary film-maker, John Pilger has been described by Noam Chomsky as “a beacon of light in often dark times... his courage and insight a constant inspiration."

An outspoken critic of imperialism, Pilger has worked to expose the oppression of ordinary people in Cambodia, Palestine, East Timor, and Latin America. His most recent film, Utopia, champions the rights of indigenous Australians.

He talks about his career and different forms of protest with the journalist Robert Denselow.

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £9, Concessions £7.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3421/john-pilger-in-conversation-4871/

Photo of model applying lipstick

CONFERENCE: Inventing Elegance - Fashion Photography 1910-1945

  • 12 December 2014 10:30am-5:15pm

CONFERENCE: This one-day conference will explore photographers’ creative collaborations with artists, designers, models and directors, celebrating fashion photography during a period of dynamic invention and transformation.

The careers of Edward Steichen and Horst P. Horst will be examined alongside their contemporaries, including Adolphe de Meyer, George Hoyningen-Huene, Man Ray and Cecil Beaton.

In collaboration with the Photographers Gallery London

Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £25, Concessions £20, Students £15.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3425/inventing-elegance-fashion-photography-1910-1945-4883/

avant garde image

The Shock of the New: The History of the Avant-Garde in Art and Design

  • 13 January — 24 March 2015

Originally used to describe the vanguard of an advancing army, the term Avant-Garde now defines a group of artists or writers whose work is innovative and ahead of its time.

It is most often associated with figures such as Picasso, Duchamp and Dali, the pioneers of Cubism and Dada, who not only developed revolutionary approaches to art, but who were also strongly anti-establishment. Today, however, the term has become ubiquitous and virtually anyone, from pop-stars to hair-dressers can be described as avantgarde.

This course investigates the origins and history of the principal movements and individuals associated with the avant-garde. From Impressionism to Surrealism, Modernism to Abstract Expressionism and Futurism to Conceptual Art, it examines key works and ideas in art, design and architecture. It also includes the work of the Russian constructivists in theatre and film to coincide with the V&A’s major display Russian Avant-Garde Theatre: War Revolution and Design.

14.00-16.30

£365, £300 concessions

10 weeks, Tuesdays, 13 January – 24 March 2015
(Half term: 17 February)

Various tutors including Justine Hopkins, freelance lecturer and writer, and Sylvia Lahav, lecturer, Goldsmiths, University of London

Suitable for

Admission

£365, £300 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3464/the-shock-of-the-new-the-history-of-the-avant-garde-in-art-and-4941/

classical painting

The Classical World and Classical Revivals

  • 13 January — 24 March 2015

The civilisations of Ancient Greece and Rome have provided a seemingly inexhaustible source of inspiration for European art, design and architecture from the 15th-century right up to the present day. This course celebrates the opening of the V&A’s outstanding new galleries – Europe 1600-1800 – by exploring the key elements of Classicism, and their re-interpretation and revival in later times.

The first part of the course examines the cultural highlights of the Classical world, including Homeric myths and their representation in sculpture and vase-painting, the architecture of Athens and Rome, and the rich decoration and furnishings revealed at Herculaneum and Pompeii.

In the second half we investigate the ways in which classical themes, motifs, architecture and styles have been re-discovered - first in Italy in the 1500s, and later in France, Britain and Germany in the 18th and 19th-centuries - and have been re-worked in painting, decoration, architecture and design in Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-Classical styles.

10.30-13.00

10 weeks, Tuesdays, 13 January – 24 March 2015
(Half term: 17 February)

£365, £300 concessions

Course Leader: Dr. Kathy McLauchlan, V&A Year Course Director

Suitable for

Admission

£365, £300 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3463/the-classical-world-and-classical-revivals-4940/

photogrpah of object from land of hope and glory

Land of Hope and Glory: Culture, Conflict and the Edwardians

  • 14 January — 11 March 2015

Following the success of last year’s course we are offering an extended and more detailed review of the Edwardian period, an era that witnessed wild extravagance alongside severe poverty, and radical changes in politics, culture and society.

Often perceived as a golden age of long summer afternoons and elegant entertainments and parties, the period was also strongly marked by modernity and the avant-garde. Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau dominated modern design and architecture, Post-Impressionism led the field in modern art, and aeroplanes, ships, and trains brought goods from all over the world.

The course explores the work of the main artists, designers and architects – including Charles Rennie Mackintosh, John Singer Sargent, Edwin Lutyens, Walter Sickert and the Bloomsbury Group - within this brief but brilliant age. And incorporates new topics including sessions on Empire, sculpture, department stores, music, eminent public figures and women, and the forces leading up to WW1.

10.30-13.00
8 weeks, Wednesdays, 14 January – 11 March 2015
(Half term: 18 February)

Course Leader: Dr Justine Hopkins, freelance lecturer and writer.

Suitable for

Admission

£295, £250 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3467/land-of-hope-and-glory-culture-conflict-and-the-edwardians-4949/

photograph of sofa

Iconic Houses: 1850-2000

  • 14 January — 25 March 2015

Explore 20 of the most innovative houses of the 19th and 20th centuries.

From classic works by William Morris, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Antoni Gaudi and Frank Lloyd Wright, to modernist masterpieces by Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and Charles Eames, to contemporary gems by Richard Rogers, Frank Gehry and Herzog & de Meuron, this course examines the interiors and exteriors of houses that have come to define modern architecture and design. Individual sessions will consider the history and progress of each project, the planning and materials, the relationship with the client, and the furniture and decorations.

They will also ask what makes each building so groundbreaking and radical for its time, and consider the case for preserving them, unchanged, for posterity. Speakers include historians, curators and architects.

14.00-16.30

10 weeks, Wednesdays, 14 January – 25 March 2015
(Half term: 18 February)

£365, £300 concessions

Course Leader: Dr Gregory Votolato, architect, curator, teacher and writer.

Suitable for

Admission

£365, £300 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3465/iconic-houses-1850-2000-4942/

Director shadow

Directors and Directing: History in the Making

  • 23 January — 13 February 2015

Explore the role and approaches of groundbreaking directors and consider how their work was influenced by the social, political and economic climate of the time. Each week a theatre practitioner will join the course to analyse the process of production and to discuss the shows they have worked on.

Course Leader: Giles Ramsay Theatre Producer and Director

4 weeks, Fridays, 23 January – 13 February 2015, 11.00-15.30

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£200, £170 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3472/directors-and-directing-history-in-the-making-4954/

V&A Workshop

V&A Museum Skills

  • 17 February — 19 May 2015

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/

Europe

Europe 1600 - 1800: The Making of the Galleries

  • 25 February — 18 March 2015

11.00-15.00

FOUR WEEK COURSE: Gain a unique insight into the creation of the V&A’s stunning new galleries of European art and design. The magnificently refurbished galleries tell the story of art and design from 1600 – 1800 and contain some of the most beautiful and elaborate works in the V&A’s collections.

Explore the history of the period, curatorial themes, the design and presentation of the galleries and the interpretation of displays.

4 Weeks, Wednesdays, 25 February – 18 March

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£225, £180 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3474/europe-1600-1800-the-making-of-the-galleries-4957/

Daniel Marot

Versailles

  • 6 — 27 March 2015

11.00-15.30

FOUR WEEK COURSE: Explore the fascinating and complex history behind Europe’s most iconic palace, this course will offer a lavish and evocative visual narrative of Versailles’ history over three centuries.

It will examine the architectural and stylistic development of Versailles as well as how Versailles was created and used by the kings, queens and royal mistresses who inhabited it.

Course Leader: Dr Barbara Lasic, Art History lecturer, University of Buckingham

4 weeks, Fridays 6 March – 27 March 2015

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£200, £170 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3473/versailles-4955/

photograph of item of jewellery

Bedazzled: A History of Jewellery

  • 15 April — 24 June 2015

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

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

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/

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/

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/

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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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