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.

Alec Cobbe: Designer, Collector, Connoisseur

  • 18 December 2013 — 18 May 2014 *on now

For over 40 years Alec Cobbe has been a key figure in the understanding and presentation of historic painting collections and interiors. He has also pursued a multi-faceted career as a designer, painter, picture restorer, collector and connoisseur. This display is drawn from the drawings, photographs and other archives which Alec Cobbe has generously donated to the V&A.

Suitable for

Admission

Free

The Bute epergne made by Thomas Heming, designed by William Kent

William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain

  • 22 March — 13 July 2014 *on now

Experience the world of William Kent, the most prominent architect and designer in early Georgian Britain and explore how his versatility and artistic inventiveness set the style for his age when Britain defined itself as a new nation and developed an Italian-inspired style.

This exhibition will bring together over 200 objects including architectural drawings for such prominent buildings as the Treasury and Horse Guards at Whitehall, designs for landscape gardens, sculpture, furniture, silver as well as paintings and illustrated books.

Celebrating Kent’s art over three decades (1719-48) this exhibition will show the breadth and ingenuity of the Kentian style, ranging from spectacular gilt furniture to vivid interiors such as Houghton Hall, Chiswick House and his landscape gardens at Rousham, Holkham Hall and elsewhere.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/william-kent-designing-georgian-britain/

Colour photograph of fashion designer Valentino posing with models nearby Trevi Fountain. Rome,

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014

  • 5 April — 27 July 2014 *on now

This major exhibition is a glamorous, comprehensive look at Italian Fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present day. The story is explored through the key individuals and organisations that have contributed to its reputation for quality and style.

On display are around 90 ensembles and accessories for men and women by leading Italian fashion houses including Simonetta, Pucci, Sorelle Fontana, Valentino, Gucci, Missoni, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and Versace, through to the next generation of fashion talent.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£13.50 Full, including donation* (+£1.40 booking fee per ticket)
£11 Senior citizens, including donation* (+£1.20 booking fee per ticket)
£12 Full (+£1.40 booking fee per ticket)
£10 Senior citizens (+£1.20 booking fee per ticket)
£8 Full-time students, 12 - 17 year olds, ES40 holders, disabled people (+£1.20 booking fee per ticket)
£20 (+£2.80 booking fee per ticket)/£32 (+£3.20 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/content/exhibitions/exhibition-the-glamour-of-italian-fashion-1945-2014/visitor-and-ticket-information/

A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution

  • 1 May — 2 November 2014

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.

Suitable for

Admission

Free

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

Disobedient Objects

  • 26 July 2014 — 1 February 2015

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/content/exhibitions/disobedient-objects/disobedient-objects-about-the-exhibtion/

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

Constable: The Making of a Master

  • 20 September 2014 — 11 January 2015

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

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-constable-the-making-of-a-master/

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

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 June 2015

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

Admission

Free

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.
A Midsummer Night's Dream engraving

Pop-up Performance: Bottom's Dream: Easter Holidays

  • 12 — 27 April 2014 *on now

Performances take place on the following days:

Saturday 12 April,
Friday 18 - Monday 21 April
Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 April

Suitable for all the family

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free, drop in

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3217/pop-up-performance-bottoms-dream-easter-holidays-4637/

Working with iPads

Digital Kids - Easter Holidays

  • 12 — 27 April 2014 *on now

Saturday 12 April – Sunday 13 April
Saturday 19 April – Sunday 20 April
Saturday 26 April – Sunday 27 April
Good Friday and Easter Monday 18 & 21 April

10.30 - 17.00

Recommended for ages 5+

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free, drop in

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3204/digital-kids-easter-holidays-4571/

SHakespeare and puppets

Shakespeare: The Puppet show

  • 14 — 19 April 2014 *on now

Monday 14 - Saturday 19 (Excluding Friday 18), 12.00 - 14.00.

Please note timings for Wednesday 16 April & Thursday 17 April are 14.30 - 16.00

Supported by Arts Council England, Golsoncott Foundation and Puppet Centre.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£5, £15 family tickets

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3179/shakespeare-the-puppet-show-4596/

imagination station

The Imagination Station - Easter Holidays

  • 18 — 27 April 2014 *on now

Set the scene and help design the enchanted wood from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

10.30 - 17.00

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free, drop in

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3159/the-imagination-station-easter-holidays-4569/

Pop Up Performance

Shakespeare 4 Kidz - Easter Holidays

  • 22 — 25 April 2014

Experience love and magic in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the acclaimed theatre company Shakespeare 4 Kidz.

Tuesday 22 – Friday 25 April

11.00, 13.00 & 15.00

Suitable for all the family

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free, drop in

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3162/shakespeare-4-kidz-easter-holidays-4575/

shakespearean fight scene

Create! Make a Costume

  • 23 April 2014 11am-4pm

As part of the V&A’s Shakespeare Festival, this three-day course will be based on responding to design briefs given to professional costume designers.

From the text, you will design, cut a pattern and make a costume for a Shakespearean character in either a historical or contemporary setting.

With Costume Designer Dean Blunkell

The course runs from Wednesday 23 to Friday 25 April 2014.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • Especially for children

Admission

£45.00.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3169/create-make-a-costume-4585/

Digital Photography

Digital Photography Level 1

  • 24 April 2014 10:30am-1pm
  • 1 May 2014 10:30am-1pm
  • 8 May 2014 10:30am-1pm
  • 15 May 2014 10:30am-1pm
  • 22 May 2014 10:30am-1pm
  • 5 June 2014 10:30am-1pm
  • 12 June 2014 10:30am-1pm
  • 19 June 2014 10:30am-1pm

Combining theory and practice, you will have opportunities to study original photographs in our archives and get expert feedback and guidance to introduce you to digital photography.

Led by Justina Burnett and Jasprit Singh
Thursdays, 24 April, 1, 8, 15, 22 May, 5, 12, 19 June (except 29 May)

Admission

£320, £256 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3206/digital-photography-level-1-4625/

Veronese Painting

The Age of Veronese: Art and Interiors

  • 1 May 2014 10:30am-1pm
  • 8 May 2014 10:30am-1pm
  • 15 May 2014 10:30am-1pm
  • 22 May 2014 10:30am-1pm

Veronese is one of the greatest Venetian painters of the late Renaissance, renowned for his exceptional use of colour and for his mastery of illusionistic decorations.

His major works are full of majestic architectural settings, theatrical spectacle and glittering pageantry. This course brings together experts from the National Gallery and the V&A to explore the art of Veronese and the Venetian Artistic tradition. It will also investigate the architecture and interiors of the period, and the fashions, ceremonies and individuals associated with high-society Venice.

Thursdays, 1-22 May 2014, 10.30-13.00
1 & 8 May at the National Gallery
15 & 22 May at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Admission

£150, £125 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/2585/the-age-of-veronese-art-and-interiors-3897/

Anglo Saxon shield

Anglo-Saxon Art and Design

  • 2 May 2014 11am-1:30pm
  • 9 May 2014 11am-1:30pm
  • 16 May 2014 11am-1pm
  • 23 May 2014 11am-1:30pm
  • 6 June 2014 11am-1:30pm
  • 13 June 2014 11am-1:30pm
  • 20 June 2014 11am-1:30pm
  • 27 June 2014 11am-1:30pm
  • 4 July 2014 11am-1:30pm
  • 11 July 2014 11am-1:30pm

The period from the decline of the Roman Empire to the Norman Conquest is often called the ‘Dark Ages’. This misnomer gives the impression of a time where life is nasty, brutish and short, art is non-existent, and culture is in decline. But this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Looking at the outpouring of remarkable objects made in Anglo-Saxon England over these centuries will shed new light on the period. Stunning artworks like the Lindisfarne Gospels, Ruthwell Cross and Franks Casket reveal an imaginative world full of riddles, and abounding in visual play. The individuals that brought this period to life, like the Venerable Bede, Alfred the Great and St Hilda will be examined, and by exploring the Anglo-Saxon landscape and the colourful people, objects and structures that inhabited it, new insights into a largely unexplored area of art history will be gained.

10 weeks, Fridays, 2 May – 11 July 2014
(Half Term: 30 May), 11.00–13.30
£340, £290 concessions

Admission

£340, £290 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/2536/anglo-saxon-art-and-design-3841/

Light-up cushion

Beginning Soft Circuits: Interactive Accessories

  • 3 May 2014 10:30am-5pm

You will learn how to work with a range of textiles to create your accessory, which uses a drawstring to turn the circuit on or off.

Starting with an introduction to electronics, you will be taught how to sew your own circuit using conductive thread, LEDs and a coin battery.

Teachers and educators get the concessionary rate! Led by Codasign.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£80.00, £64.00 concessions.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3213/beginning-soft-circuits-interactive-accessories-4632/

The Globe Theatre

An Audience with Shakespeare

  • 3 May 2014 From 11am

Take and imaginative journey to the Rose and the Globe on the bustling South Bank to learn about social divides and past-times. Witness all the weird and wonderful goodies brought into the playhouses and learn how a theatrical atmosphere was created, as well as what happened after the final act.

Speakers include Professor Tiffany Stern, Professor Andrew Gurr and Professor Martin White.

Admission

£45, £35 concessions, £15 students

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3142/an-audience-with-shakespeare-4545/

Sutton House

Sutton House to Willow Road: 400 Years of London's Historic Homes

  • 6 May 2014
  • 13 May 2014
  • 20 May 2014
  • 27 May 2014
  • 3 June 2014
  • 10 June 2014
  • 17 June 2014
  • 24 June 2014
  • 1 July 2014

Follow the development of London architecture and interiors from Tudor times to the Modernist movement.

Starting with Sutton House, a Courtier’s House in Hackney, visit a National Trust location each week and gain an insight into the cultural, social and political trends that influenced the structure and style of the building.

Curators and other specialists will explore and reveal the stories behind seven different National Trust houses including Strawberry Hill House, Carlyle’s House and Red House.

In Collaboration with the National Trust

Admission

£270, £230 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3320/sutton-house-to-willow-road-400-years-of-londons-historic-home-4745/

Birthday Card

Art Cards

  • 9 May 2014 10:30am-5pm

Learn how to use Photoshop to transform images and photographs into stunning digital designs. Your designs will be uploaded to the Moo website for manufacture and you will receive a pack of twenty five cards and envelopes within two weeks of the workshop.
Led by digital artist and designer Paddy Hartley.

Admission

£80, £64 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3210/art-cards-4629/

Elizabeth Emanual Dress

Elizabeth Emanuel: Wedding Dress Design

  • 9 May 2014 7-8:45pm

Best known for co-designing the wedding dress of Diana, Princess of Wales, her work has been seen by millions worldwide.
Join Elizabeth as she discusses her career.

Organised by V&A Membership

Admission

£15, no concessions (Includes wine reception)

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3178/elizabeth-emanuel-wedding-dress-design-non-members-4595/

stage design image

Create! 3D Modelling for Stage Design

  • 10 May 2014 11am-4pm

Learn how to use Google SketchUp to create sets and lighting designs for performances and hear how designers use CAD design in their own work.

Admission

£15

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3154/create-3d-modelling-for-stage-design-4559/

badge craft

The Craft Campaign: Where do you belong?

  • 11 May 2014 11am-4pm

n the lead up to Refugee Week, this craftivism workshop will give space to reflect upon how we perceive and portray our own identity and the identity of others. Whilst hand stitching your own luggage tag to keep or leave somewhere as provocative street art, you can meditate on and discuss what it would feel like to be a refugee and what personal baggage we put on others.

Led Sarah Corbett, founder of the Craftivist Collective

Supported by Coats Crafts

Admission

Free, drop in

Bocci Light installation, V&A

Digital Photography Level 2

  • 12 May 2014 10:30am-1pm
  • 19 May 2014 10:30am-1pm
  • 2 June 2014 10:30am-1pm
  • 9 June 2014 10:30am-1pm
  • 16 June 2014 10:30am-1pm
  • 23 June 2014 10:30am-1pm
  • 7 July 2014 10:30am-1pm

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

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

Led by Jasprit Singh

DSLR camera required

Admission

£320, £256 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3207/digital-photography-level-2-4626/

Artwork by Freya Pocklington

V&A Drawing Club: Artists Books

  • 13 May 2014 10:30am-1:30pm
  • 20 May 2014 10:30am-1:30pm
  • 3 June 2014 10:30am-1:30pm
  • 10 June 2014 10:30am-1:30pm
  • 17 June 2014 10:30am-1:30pm
  • 24 June 2014 10:30am-1:30pm

You will learn both traditional and experimental drawing methods recording your ideas to create a unique piece.

Tuesdays, 13 May-24 June (excluding 27 May)

Led by Freya Pocklington

Admission

£189, £151.50 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3184/va-drawing-club-artists-books-4604/

Juliet Sargeant

Garden Design Today - The Georgian Way

  • 16 May 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

Working with award winning designer Juliet Sargeant, learn how landscape design prinicples of the Georgian period can be translated into your garden to create an aesthetically pleasing, practical and sustainable space.

Led by Juliet Sargeant

Admission

£63, £50.50 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3185/garden-design-today-the-georgian-way-4605/

Bulgari - Elizabeth Taylor

Italian Style: Bulgari Jewellery

  • 16 May 2014 7-8:45pm

Among Bulgari’s many fans have been a number of glamorous celebrities, including Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly. Join Amanda Triossi, curator of the Bulgari Heritage collection in conversation with V&A curator, Sonnet Stanfill.

Admission

£15, no concessions (includes wine reception)

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3176/italian-style-bulgari-jewellery-non-members-4593/

image of fashion illustration

Create! Fashion Illustration

  • 17 May 2014 11am-4pm

Take inspiration from the garments on display in The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 – 2014 and learn a variety of fashion illustration techniques.

Using pencil, crayon, felt pen, paint and collage, develop your own fashion illustration style.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • Family friendly

Admission

£15.00.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3069/create-fashion-illustration-4461/

Ipad

Getting the most from your iPad

  • 17 May 2014 10:30am-5pm

We will show you how to set up cloud storage accounts, install apps for reading and downloading books, how to upload and edit photograph, as well as much more in this one day course for new iPad owners.

Led by Jasprit Singh.

Admission

£80, £64 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3208/getting-the-most-from-your-ipad-4627/

Alexandra Wood

The Playwright's Craft

  • 17 — 18 May 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

Join award winning playwright Alexandra Wood for this introduction to writing for the stage.

Through a range of written exercises and group discussions you will learn the basic principles of writing a play -with attention paid to structure, dramatic action, characterisation and dialogue.

Led by Alexandra Wood

Admission

£126, £101 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3183/the-playwrights-craft-4603/

Edmund De Waal

Edmund de Waal

  • 20 May 2014 6:30-7:30pm

Edmund de Waal is one of the world’s leading ceramic artists. His work has been widely exhibited in museums and galleries in the UK and Europe and he is a renowned historian of the medium.

Admission

£9, £7 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3147/edmund-de-waal-4551/

Hong Hao, My Things No. 1, Beijing c. Prix Pictet Ltd 2013/14

Prix Pictet in Conversation

  • 22 May 2014 6:30-7:30pm

Finalists work will be on display at the V&A Thursday 22 May – Saturday 14 June.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£9, £7 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3301/prix-pictet-in-conversation-4722/

Prix Pictet

Prix Pictet in Conversation

  • 22 May 2014 6:30-7:30pm

Finalists work will be on display at the V&A Thursday 22 May – Saturday 14 June.

Admission

£9, £6 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3301/prix-pictet-in-conversation-4722/

Peter Jensen

Peter Jensen and Julie Verhoeven: Diana Ross, Muses, Fashion

  • 23 May 2014 6:30-7:30pm

Large-scale images of Ross, her hair, and lips, appear on party and day wear. Peter and Julie discuss their collaboration.

Admission

£9, £7 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3151/peter-jensen-and-julie-verhoeven-diana-ross-muses-fashion-4555/

William Kent design

Pop-Up Performance - May Half Term

  • 24 May — 1 June 2014

11.00, 13.00 & 15.00 (duration approximately 25 minutes)

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, drop in

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3222/pop-up-performance-may-half-term-4574/

gardening book

Imagination Station - May Half Term

  • 24 May — 1 June 2014

Collect ideas then re-design the John Madejski Garden.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, drop in

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3164/the-imagination-station-may-half-term-4577/

photograph of young boy at design workshop

Digital Kids - May Half Term

  • 24 — 28 May 2014
  • 29 May 2014 10am-5pm
  • 30 May — 1 June 2014

Grow your own garden using drawing, model making and animation.

Recommended for ages 5+

Suitable for

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

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3160/digital-kids-may-half-term-4570/

william kent sketch

Make-it: Landscape Design - May Half Term

  • 26 — 30 May 2014

Monday 26 - Friday 30 May
10.30 – 12.30 & 14.30 – 16.30

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£7.50 per child, children must be accompanied by an adult. (max 1 adult per child)

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3163/make-it-landscape-design-may-half-term-4576/

gypsy image

The Launch: Gypsy Traveller Roma History Month

  • 1 June 2014 1-4pm

Enjoy a special performance which will celebrate the richness Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities bring to the UK.

Through poetry and personal verse, song, dance and film you will share in the communities many and varied academic and artistic achievements.

Part of Gypsy Traveller Roma History Month
Jointly organised with Phil Regan Creative

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£5, £3 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3191/the-launch-gypsy-roma-traveller-history-month-4611/

Joey at the V&A

Michael Morpurgo and Rae Smith: War Horse

  • 3 June 2014 6:30-7:30pm

He also shares personal insights into the extraordinary journey from page to stage with Rae Smith, designer of the
hugely acclaimed National Theatre adaptation of the novel. They are joined by Joey, who is currently on display in the V&A’s Theatre and Performance galleries.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£9, £7 concession

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3149/michael-morpurgo-and-rae-smith-war-horse-4553/

John Hegerty

John Hegarty On Creativity

  • 6 June 2014 6:30-7:30pm

He reveals his top tips for nurturing, sustaining and harnessing that most elusive of qualties – creativity – and recommends the benefits of simplifying, thinking boldly and being undaunted by challenges.

Admission

£9, £7 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3148/john-hegarty-on-creativity-4552/

photograph of couture beading

Couture Beading: Bridal Embellishments

  • 6 — 8 June 2014

Beaded ‘lace,’ passementerie motifs and ribbon work will also be covered in this compendium of couture embellishment techniques.

Led by Diana Vernon & Lesley Coidan from Couture Beading

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 14-15

Admission

£189.00, £151.50 concessions.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3186/couture-beading-bridal-embellishments-4606/

photoshop projects

Photoshop Projects

  • 6 June 2014 10:30am-5pm
  • 13 June 2014 10:30am-5pm
  • 20 June 2014 10:30am-5pm

The course will introduce you to the basic core tools required to get you up and running with confidence with week by week projects using this powerful image editing software. All techniques covered are also cross compatible with Photoshop Elements 9 and free online image editing tools.

Subjects covered will include: understanding the Photoshop workspace; creating an effective photo editing workflow; applying colour and tonal changes; photo retouching and image repair; understanding layers and blending and applying special effects

Led by Paddy Hartley

Admission

£240, £192 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3211/photoshop-projects-4630/

Macro Photography

Tiny Treasures: Macro Photography

  • 7 June 2014 10:30am-5pm

You will learn how to get the best macro photography results from your digital camera without the use of a special macro lens with practical exercises and tutorials in our studio and around the museum.

Led by Jasprit Singh

DSLR camera required

Admission

£80, £64 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3209/tiny-treasures-macro-photography-4628/

William Kent

William Kent: Leaping the Fence

  • 7 June 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

We will also explore Kent’s legacy on English homes and gardens today.

Speakers will include the exhibition curator Julius Bryant, historian and writer, Jacqueline Riding, outsanding contemporary garden designers and Lord Cholmondeley will discuss living with Kent at Houghton.

Admission

£45, £35 concessions, £15 students

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3302/william-kent-leaping-the-fence-4723/

Eileen Grey

Introducing Eileen Gray

  • 7 June 2014 2-5pm

Her distinctive design style, an opulent and luxuriant take on geometric forms and industrial materials, inspired both Modernism and Art Deco. Her lacquer screens, the Bibendum chair, and the E-1027 house are widely regarded as icons of the International Style.

Admission

£25, £15 concessions, £10 students

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3143/introducing-eileen-gray-4546/

Alice Temperley in her Office

Alice Temperley: Wedding Fashion

  • 10 June 2014 6:30-7:30pm

Her distinctive style, combining Victoriana blouses, tartan capes, lace bodices and copious beading has been described
as British Bohemia meets high fashion, and her many celebrity clients include the Duchess of Cambridge, Gwyneth Paltrow and Keira Knightley.

Admission

£9, £7 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3146/alice-temperley-wedding-fashion-4549/

Lady Kinvara Balfour

The New Fashion Superstars

  • 13 June 2014 7-8:45pm

Join fashion commentator Lady Kinvara Balfour as she discusses such designers as Mary Katrantzou, Peter Pilotto, Holly Fulton, Erdem, Marios Schwab, Jonathan Saunders and David Koma.
Organised by V&A membership

Admission

£15, no concessions (Includes wine reception)

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3177/the-new-fashion-superstars-non-members-4594/

Shard scene

'En Plein-air' iPainting

  • 14 June 2014 10:30am-5pm

Led by Joseph Anthony Connor.

Participants can bring along their tablet or use one of ours.

Admission

£80, £64 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3212/en-plein-air-ipainting-4631/

paper girls buisness

How to Fabulous in Business

  • 14 June 2014 Until 4:30pm

Suitable for new businesses, businesses needing a little boost or those thinking about starting out, this masterclass will cover all aspects of how to set up in a competitive environment. From finding your inspiration to marketing and budgets, learn tips and share contacts in a social setting.

Led by Abigail Warner and Lucy Ledger from The Papergirls

Admission

£101, no concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3187/how-to-fabulous-in-business-4607/

Flower arrangement

Skills Sharing: The Art of Floristry

  • 15 June 2014 11am-4pm

Explore the historic connection between traveller communities and the art of floristry, before learning how to create a stunning floral arrangement with expert guidance. Pick up professional tips and tricks relating to the care of cut flowers and leave with a beautiful bouquet to take home.

Led by Sherrie from Sherries Flowers

Admission

£50.50

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3188/skills-sharing-the-art-of-floristry-4608/

William Nicholson

From Mainstream to Modern: William, Ben, and Winifred Nicholson

  • 21 June 2014 10:30am-5pm

The portraitist and illustrator, William Nicholson is best-known for his striking, black and white prints such as the Alphabet and London Types. His son Ben is renowned for his abstract, neo-constructivist white reliefs and was one of the most radical and innovative artists of his day. Ben’s wife, Winifred was a painter who developed a personal impressionistic style whose work has often been allied to the St. Ives school. Curators and historians discuss the lives and work of this extraorinarily talented family.

In collaboration with the Decorative Art Society

Admission

£45, £35 concessions, £15 students

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3145/from-mainstream-to-modern-william-ben-and-winifred-nicholson-4548/

Tatcho Drom

Tatcho Drom: Take the Stage

  • 28 June 2014 3-4pm

Inspired by the migration of Gypsies, which started 1500 years ago in Radjastan, this innovative production of music and dance will inspire and inform appreciation of traditional Gypsy music and culture.

15.00-16.00

Free, booking essential

Part of Gypsy Traveller Roma History Month

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free, booking essential

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3190/tatcho-drom-take-the-stage-4610/

Old fashioned writing implements

Designing your first website

  • 28 — 29 June 2014 10:30am-5pm

This course will teach you how to design your own website where you can promote and share your work or create a space for collecting your ideas and interests.

The course is led by web designer Wen Sheng Hong.

Suitable for beginners

Admission

£160, £128 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3319/designing-your-first-website-4744/

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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