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.
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/

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/

A woman applies bright lipstick and wears large sun glasses.

EXHIBITION: Horst: Photographer of Style

  • 6 September 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

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

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

EXHIBITION: Constable: The Making of a Master

  • 20 September 2014 — 11 January 2015 *on now

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 *on now

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 *on now

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

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

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/

photogrpah of gold buddha

Arts of South and Southeast Asia and the Islamic Middle East

  • 22 September 2014 — 6 July 2015 *on now

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

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

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

Suitable for

Admission

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

Website

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

Jardin de Paris

NEW COURSE: Art and the City, Ancient to Modern

  • 22 September 2014 — 13 July 2015 *on now

(3 terms) 11.00-15.30

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

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

Admission

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

Website

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

photogrpah of scandinavian chair

Scandinavian Art and Design: 1850 - 1950

  • 23 September 2014 — 18 November 2015 *on now

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

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

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

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

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

10.30-13.00

Suitable for

Admission

£295, £250 concessions

Website

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

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

Late Medieval to Early Renaissance 1250–1500

  • 23 September 2014 — 7 July 2015 *on now

(over 3 terms), 11.10-15.30

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

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

Course Director: Dr Paula Nuttall

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

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

Website

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

Bracket clock

High Renaissance to Baroque: 1500 – 1720

  • 24 September 2014 — 8 July 2015 *on now

(over 3 terms), 11.10-15.30

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

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

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

Course Director: Dr Kathy McLauchlan

Admission

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

Website

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

image of object from rococo to art nouveau

From Rococo to Art Nouveau: 1720-1900

  • 25 September 2014 — 9 July 2015 *on now

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

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

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

Course Director: Dr Kathy McLauchlan

Suitable for

Admission

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

Website

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

photograph of chair

The Twentieth Century: Masters of Modern Architecture and Design

  • 25 September 2014 — 26 March 2015 *on now

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/

photograph of object from early medieval

Early Medieval: 300 – 1250

  • 26 September 2014 — 17 July 2015 *on now

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

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

Course Director: Dr Sally Dormer

Suitable for

Admission

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

Website

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

image from italian villas

Italian Villas: Ancient Rome to The Renaissance

  • 14 October 2014 — 3 March 2015 *on now

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 a male sculpture

8 WEEK COURSE: Compose and Expose: Digital SLR Photography for Beginners

  • 16 October — 11 December 2014 *on now

8 WEEK COURSE: A practical course for those who are new to photography, learn how to creatively use your camera controls, capture light and colour and edit your photos.

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

Thursdays, 16, 23 October, 6, 13, 20, 27 November, 4, 11 December (except 30 October)

10.30 – 13.00

Led by Jasprit Singh

DSLR camera required

Digital Studio, Sackler Centre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£320, £256 concessions

Website

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

photo of a man in trenchcoat talking

6 WEEK COURSE: Creative Photography

  • 17 October — 21 November 2014 *on now

6 WEEK COURSE: Strengthen your powers of observation and explores ways to express yourself through photography.

Learning different techniques to stimulate your creativity you will develop both conceptual ideas and an understanding of narrative photography through practical sessions around the museum.

Fridays, 17, 24, 31 October, 7, 14, 21 November

10.30 - 13.00

Led by Kate Elliott

Suitable for those who have already completed our Level I digital photography course or who already have a good understanding of DSLR photography.

DSLR camera required.

Digital Studio, Sackler Centre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£240, £192 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3698/creative-photography-5221/

Contable paintings with tress and a river

3 WEEK PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Photography Inspired by Constable

  • 17 November — 1 December 2014 *on now

3 WEEK PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: As photographers, we are always looking to shoot beautiful, inspirational photographs.

Great creativity however, always starts with great technique. Learn the skills to use your camera to its full creative capabilities.

Shooting in the park and inspired by Constable, you will get expert feedback on your images to measure your progress.

By the end of the course, you will be enthused, excited and in complete control of your camera.

Led by Nigel Wilson

Digital Studio, Sackler Centre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£240, £192 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3704/photography-inspired-by-constable-5227/

Table with staionery

YOUNG PEOPLE'S WORKSHOP: Create! Interior Design for 13-15 year olds

  • 22 November 2014 11am-4pm

YOUNG PEOPLE'S WORKSHOP: Gain an insight in to the role of the interior designer and possible career pathways.

Find out what they do and how a young person can get involved.

Learn some of the basic principles of interior design.

Inspired by the V&A’s collection and working to a client’s design brief, creating a mood board.

Led by Jess Lavers, Interior Designer

Art Studio, Sackler Centre

Suitable for

  • 14-15

Admission

£15, no concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3678/create-interior-design-for-13-15-year-olds-5198/

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/

Russian Textile

LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Russian Textiles at the V&A

  • 26 November 2014 1-1:45pm

LUNCHTIME LECTURE: As part of the V&A’s celebration of the 2014 UK Russia Year of Culture, Pamela Smith will introduce some of the Russian textiles in the museum’s collection – embroideries, woven fabrics and dress – exploring their original cultural context and meaning.

She will describe the process, and some of the delights, of researching objects kept in museum storage, and discovering how and why they were acquired.

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3693/russian-textiles-at-the-va-5214/

Stitch

2 DAY PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: The Land, Sea and Sky (in Stitch)

  • 29 — 30 November 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

2 DAY PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Drawing inspiration from Constable: The Making of a Master, learn how to create an evocative textile interpretation of the British countryside.

Simple hand-sewing techniques, the placement of fabric or material within the composition and the incorporation of personal memories into your work will all be covered.

Led by Janet Bolton

Art Studio, Sackler Centre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£126, £101 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3578/the-land-sea-and-sky-in-stitch-5093/

IPads

2 DAY DIGITAL WORKSHOP: The Beginner's Guide to the iPad

  • 29 — 30 November 2014 10:30am-5pm

2 DAY DIGITAL WORKSHOP: Learn how to get the best from the useful apps and features of your tablet for leisure and work.

With a particular focus on photography, art and office apps, we will show you from the basics of setting up cloud storage accounts and downloading books to editing photographs, sketching apps and productivity tools.

Led by Jasprit Singh

Digital Studio, Sackler Centre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£160, £128 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3707/the-beginners-guide-to-the-ipad-5230/

Venetian silver bowl with a dog in the middle

LUNCHTIME LECTURE: A sleeping dog from Venice: the meaning of a Personal Favourite from the Gilbert Collection

  • 3 December 2014 1-1:45pm

LUNCHTIME LECTURE: One of the most endearing works featured in the V&A current display Personal Favourites is a Venetian silver bowl from around 1480 with the image of a sleeping dog.

The whippet-like creature is curled up at the centre of the bowl and would only have been visible when the bowl was emptied.

Unsurprisingly dog and bowl captured the attention of collectors Arthur and Rosalinde Gilbert who were keen dog lovers themselves.

In this lunchtime lecture V&A curator Heike Zech will explore the imagery of the sleeping dog against the backdrop of the long-standing symbolism of dogs in decorative and fine arts in early modern times

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3694/a-sleeping-dog-from-venice-the-meaning-of-a-personal-favourite-5215/

Christmas tree pattern

1 DAY DIGITAL WORKSHOP: Illustrated Christmas Cards

  • 5 December 2014 10:30am-5pm

1 DAY DIGITAL WORKSHOP: Learn how to create simple and beautiful illustrated greeting cards inspired by patterns and motifs in the V&A collections.

Using Photoshop tools design stunning digital illustrations with a handcrafted personal approach before uploading them to an online print service for manufacture. You will receive a pack of cards and envelopes within two weeks of the workshop.

Led by illustrator Maggie Li

Digital Studio, Sackler Centre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£80, £64 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3708/illustrated-christmas-cards-5231/

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/

sketch of building interior with people

LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Buildings, Drawings, Designs: a decade of the V&A + RIBA Architecture Partnership

  • 10 December 2014 1-1:45pm

LUNCHTIME LECTURE: The V&A+RIBA Architecture Partnership brings together two world-class architectural collections under one roof.

Established in 2004, this year sees the celebration of the Architecture Partnership’s 10th Anniversary.

In this lecture, V&A and RIBA curators will explore what the collections hold and what the Architecture Partnership can do for you – whether you are an architect, a student, an historian or just plain curious.

Led by Charles Hind, Chief Curator and H.J. Heinz Curator of Drawings, RIBA British Architectural Library and Olivia Horsfall Turner, Curator, Designs and V&A + RIBA Partnership Lead Curator.

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3695/buildings-drawings-designs-a-decade-of-the-va-riba-archite-5216/

Three young persons

YOUNG PEOPLE'S WORKSHOP: CreateInsights: Being a...Fashion Photographer with Danny Baldwin

  • 12 December 2014 7-8pm

YOUNG PEOPLE'S WORKSHOP: Danny Baldwin’s photographs have been published in Vogue, Q Magazine, SuperSuper and FaceOn.

Find out how he creates his work and has developed his style and get an insight into the fashion photography industry.

Seminar Room One, Sackler Centre

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3683/createinsights-being-afashion-photographer-with-danny-baldwi-5203/

Handmade necklace

3 DAY PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Couture Beading: Bridal Embellishments

  • 12 — 14 December 2014

3 DAY PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Learn how to construct beaded braids, chains, buttons, drops and tassels to use as trims and embellishments for bridal wear, accessories or bridal jewellery.

Beaded 'lace', passementerie motifs and ribbonwork will also be covered in this compendium of couture embellishment techniques.

Led by Diana Vernon and Lesley Coidan from Couture Beading and Embellishment

Art Studio, Sackler Centre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£189, £151.50 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3684/couture-beading-bridal-embellishments-5204/

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/

threads

2 DAY DIGITAL WORKSHOP: Disobedient Textiles

  • 13 — 14 December 2014 10:30am-5pm

2 DAY DIGITAL WORKSHOP: Make a Disobedient Object of your own in this Arduino and e-Textiles workshop.

Learn how to interact with elements such as LEDs, motors and speakers through the Arduino programming environment before programming an ATtiny chip which will be embedded into a soft object using materials to control an interaction with your object.

Led by Codasign

Digital Studio, Sackler Centre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£160, £128 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3711/disobedient-textiles-5234/

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/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

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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