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

All information is supplied by the venues or providers themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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, Weapons and War

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.
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/

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/

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/

ancient Egyptian architertural landscape with colourful drapings and people inhabiting it

DISPLAY: Architects as Artists

  • 15 November 2014 — 15 March 2015 *on now

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.

Architecture, Room 128a

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

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

DISPLAY: Exhibition Road Building

  • 27 November 2014 — 15 October 2016 *on now

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

Room 20

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Collage of images depicting activists with shields and clubs

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

  • 29 November 2014 — 6 July 2015 *on now

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

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

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

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

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

digitally produced image of an ancient architectural landscape in ruins with characters dressed as Virgin Mary with the child, the three Wise Men and another two men dressed in ragged clothes

DISPLAY: Nativity: Martha Fiennes

  • 16 — 23 December 2014 *on now

Nativity is a moving image piece in which individual elements are constructed separately and then randomly assembled using unique computer coding. The result is a living work in which figures, lighting, background and weather never repeat the same configuration.
Displays complement our permanent collections; there are many free temporary displays around the V&A. They range in size from a single case to a room.

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3806/nativity-martha-fiennes-5340/

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/

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/

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/

EVENING EVENT: Synergy Theatre Project...Take The Stage

  • 9 January 2015 7:30-9pm

Synergy Theatre Project’s New Writing Programme seeks out, develops and produces new and original playwriting voices emerging from the criminal justice system.

19.30-21.00

Free, booking essential

EVENING EVENT: Design Culture Salon 13: How does age influence cultures of design?

  • 9 January 2015 From 6:30pm

EVENING EVENT: Creativity; intuition; innovation; experimentation: these words commonly punctuate design narratives in practice, research and in the media. They are also all, interestingly, most associated with youth culture.

The designer’s career cycle appears to move in new directions with age. Design institutions such as D&AD promote the dynamism of the ‘new generation’ through its ‘New Blood’ scheme. So, what does this tell us about the relationship between age and design culture? How meaningful is this generational view of design practice? How is the career narrative of the designer framed in relation to cultures of age? To what extent is
design a youthful skill, characterized by intuition and innovation, or is there a place for ‘design wisdom’ in contemporary society?

Chair: Malcolm Garrett, Graphic designer and Master of the Faculty of RDIs
Panel:
Laura Jordan Bambach, Chief Executive, Mr President and President of D&AD
Angela McRobbie, Professor of Communications, Goldsmiths, London
Lynda Relph-Knight, Editor of Design Week
Joseph Smith, Designer, Artist and Co-Founder of Makerversity

18.30-20.30

Free, booking essential

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3725/design-culture-salon-13-how-does-age-influence-cultures-of-desi-5250/

Sculpture with taxidermy snake knotted in itself on black and grey pedestal

EVENING EVENT: Polly Morgan: The Art of Taxidermy

  • 12 January 2015

In 2004, Morgan began to play with and dismantle taxidermy traditions, creating sculptures that have increasingly sidestepped symbolism in order to consider the animal formally.

Polly Morgan has been selected to represent Britain at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC. Join Polly as she reflects on her career and recent work.

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

£15

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3758/polly-morgan-the-art-of-taxidermy-5289/

Abstract collage image with a black activist/street fighter, overlaid barbed wire and smaller images of protesters

LUNCHTIME LECTURE: In Black and White- Prints from Africa and the Diaspora In Black and White- Prints from Africa and the Diaspora

  • 14 January 2015 1-1:45pm

This talk relates to the temporary display In Black and White: Prints from Africa and the Diaspora and will investigate a variety of graphic images including prints, posters, books and ephemera.

13.00-13.45

Free, drop in

TOUCH TOUR: Animals in the V&A

  • 15 January 2015 11am-12pm

11.00-12.00

Free, advanced booking essential

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4042/touch-tour-animals-in-the-va-882856755/

colourful abstract painting with men climbing over a semi-sphere representing the world and stripes of colour extending towards the sky

TOUCH TOUR: Russian Avant-Garde Theatre

  • 15 January 2015 11am-12pm

11.00-12.00

Free, booking required

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4018/touch-tour-russian-avante-garde-theatre-851270025/

Photo of a guided tour in a gallery

YOUNG PEOPLE'S EVENT: Createtours: Fashion

  • 16 January 2015

For ages 16-24


20.00-20.30

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4020/createtours-fashion-547266863/

Teenage girl with sunglasses, earrings, handbag and a dress designed with  a geometric patttern in yellow and black

YOUNG PEOPLE'S EVENT: Createinsights: Starting your own fashion label with Jane Bowler

  • 16 January 2015

Go behind the scenes with members of CreateVoice.

For ages 16-24

18.30-20.00

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4019/createinsights-starting-your-own-fashion-label-with-jane-bowler-229379597/

Hands of a young girl making a bracelet

YOUNG PEOPLE'S EVENT: Create! Jewellery (13-15 years old)

  • 17 January 2015 11am-4pm

Explore a range of techniques and processes and work with a professional jeweller who will give you an insight into the contemporary jewellery world. Led by Petra Bishai.

11.00 – 16.00

£15, no concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4022/create-jewellery-13-15-years-old-985152026/

Visocuntess Coke in her wedding dress in 1996, designed by David Sasssoon

EVENING EVENT: David Sassoon: The Romantic Bellville Sassoon Bride over five Five Decades

  • 19 January 2015 7-8:45pm

British fashion designer David Sassoon has created clothes for world-famous names such as Diana, Princess of Wales, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor. Linking with the V&A’s ‘Wedding Dresses 1775–2014’ exhibition.

Evening Talk

19.00 – 20.00 talk
20.00 – 20.45 refreshments

£15

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3766/david-sassoon-the-romantic-bellville-sassoon-bride-over-five-de-5296/

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/

Image of and iPad front and back

PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Getting the most out of your iPad

  • 24 January 2015

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

Led by Jasprit Singh

£80, £64 concessions

Participants can bring along their iPad or use one of ours

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4026/getting-the-most-out-of-your-ipad-1506306581/

colourful abstract painting with men climbing over a semi-sphere representing the world and stripes of colour extending towards the sky

CONFERENCE: Russian Avant Garde Theatre, War, Revolution and Design

  • 24 January 2015 10:30am-5pm

The conference will examine the collaborations between experimental artists, performers and directors and their impact and legacy on the visual arts, design and performance today.

Speakers will include John Bowlt, Dominic Lieven, Michael Boyd, Daria Martin and Matthew Butcher.

10.30-17.00

£25, £20 concessions, £15 students

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3581/russian-avant-garde-theatre-war-revolution-and-design-5096/

Photo of young girl leaning over a table to make a piece of jewellery with a hammer and metal wire

YOUNG PEOPLE'S EVENT: Create! Jewellery (16-19 years old)

  • 24 January 2015 11am-4pm

Explore a range of techniques and processes and work with a professional jeweller who will give you an insight into the contemporary jewellery world. Led by Petra Bishai.

11.00-16.00

£15, no concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4028/create-jewellery-16-19-years-old-1670813451/

BSL TALK: The Lost Art of Writing

  • 27 January 2015 6:30-7:30pm

18.30-19.30

Free, advanced booking essential

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4048/bsl-talk-the-lost-art-of-writing-964109841/

Photo portrait of London Mayor Boris Johnson, raising the right hand and loking straight ahead

SPECIAL EVENT: The Sackler Lecture 2015

  • 29 January 2015 — 29 December 2014

The Sackler Lecture celebrates the legacy of the Museum’s founding director Henry Cole and explores its implications for museums, culture and society today. Boris Johnson will expand on his vision to transform the
Olympic Park into a world class hub for culture and the creative industries.

Free, booking essential

Generously supported by the Dr Mortimer and Theresa

Sackler Foundation

19.00 – 20.30

Drawing of Egyptian architectural landscape with small figures and bright colours

BSL TALK: Architects as Artists

  • 30 January 2015 From 11am

18.30-19.30

Free, advanced booking essential

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4032/bsl-talk-architects-as-artists-980484936/

Fresco scene with two women, two men, a horse's back and architectural landscape. Overall hue of painting is yellow-sepia. Some of paint scraped off because of age.

STUDY DAY: Introducing art techniques: Medieval to 20th Century: Fresco Techniques

  • 30 January 2015 — 30 December 2014

Examine celebrated works of fresco art and find out how renowned artists from Giotto
to Tiepolo invented their expert methods, chose and worked the pigments and materials available, and planned their compositions over such wide areas.

11.00-15.30

£45, £35 concessions, £15 students

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4030/introducing-art-techniques-medieval-to-20th-century-part-1-fre-1851639611/

Kids' hands making ceramics

YOUNG PEOPLE'S EVENT: Contemporary Ceramics

  • 31 January — 7 February 2015

By cutting, joining and glazing moulded pottery shapes, you will create a stunning piece of tableware.

For ages 13-15

Saturday 31 January & Saturday 7 February, 11.00-16.00

This is a two day course and both days need be attended. No previous experience needed

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4091/contemporary-ceramics-826915323/

Digital photo of the facade of the Natural History Museum in grey cloudy weather

PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography

  • 31 January 2015

Learn how to compose and set your camera to take perfectly exposed images with striking colours. Shooting inside and outside the Museum, you will leave with dramatic images showcasing the technique to its fullest.

Led by Jasprit Singh

10.30-17.00

£80, £64 concessions

Suitable for those who have completed our Level 1 photography course or who have a good understanding of DSLR photography. DSLR camera required

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4033/high-dynamic-range-hdr-photography-1906905386/

EVENING EVENT: Intoart: Skills sharing

  • 6 February 2015 6:30-8pm

Meet artists, explore their collection highlights and learn about Intoart’s practice and role in opening up the V&A’s collections to adults with learning disabilities.

18.30-20.00

Free, booking essential

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4034/intoart-skills-sharing-1568310974/

EVENING EVENT: V&A Connects: The Slow Journalism Company 2014: After the dust settled

  • 6 February 2015 6:30-8:30pm

There's no sense in reviewing the year when it's still going on. Our February 2015 session looks back on 2014 with the benefit of hindsight and asks how disobedience fared, analysing the uprisings, the protest movements and the coups, and comparing them to those of previous years.

18.30-20.30

Free, booking essential

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3731/va-connects-the-slow-journalism-company-2014-after-the-dust-s-5257/

digitally produced image of forest in autumn: with yellow leaves and red leaves on the ground and paddles of water

PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: iPad Landscapes: Sketching, Drawing and Painting

  • 7 February 2015

Inspired by nature you will develop artistic processes and techniques and learn how to create your own digital landscape art using apps like Procreate and Brushes.

Led by Andy Maitland

10.30-17.00

£80, £64 concessions

Participants can bring along their iPad or use one of ours

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4036/ipad-landscapes-sketching-drawing-and-painting-382367020/

Black and white photo by Henri Cartier Bresson, with one woman and two men sitting at a roulette table

SHORT COURSE: Style Cities: Las Vegas

  • 7 February 2015 2-5pm

Las Vegas, best known for nightlife, gambling and hasty weddings, situated in the Nevada desert, is an iconic city both in reality and in our imagination.

14.00-17.00

£25, £20 concessions, £10 students

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4003/style-cities-las-vegas-1882385183/

Marella Agnelli bust image reflects on mirrors beside and behind her. She is wearing a dotted white and black dress and two strings of pearls to her neck

EVENING EVENT: Marella Agnelli - Style Icon

  • 10 February 2015 6:30-7:30pm

Marella Agnelli was one of the most photographed beauties of jet-set society in the 1950s and 60s. She also collaborated with many outstanding architects and designers on several exquisite homes for Gianni Agnelli, the Fiat industrialist and their family.

18.30-19.30

£9, £7 concessions

In collaboration with Rizzoli

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3945/marella-agnelli-style-icon-978512083/

LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Michael Ayrton

  • 11 February 2015 1-1:45pm

13.00-13.45

Free, drop in

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4037/lunchtime-lectures-michael-ayrton-181950530/

painting of bust of a woman, wearing headress and dress with a red collar

STUDY DAY: Introducing Art Techniques: Medieval to 20th Century Part 2: Tempra Techniques

  • 13 February 2015 11am-3:30pm

Follow how they concluded which was the most suitable wood and whether it mattered where the eggs used in mixing the paint came from. Look at the tools used to make and apply the paint, and investigate how over the years the works of art have changed as the nature of the paint did.

11.00-15.30

£45, £35 concessions, £15 students

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4039/introducing-art-techniques-medieval-to-20th-century-part-2-tem-1755034475/

Bust image of John Julius Norwich

EVENING EVENT: John Julius Norwich: The Great Cities

  • 13 February 2015 6:30-7:30pm

From the ruins in Mesopotamia to the spectacular Mayan monuments in Central America, Norwich discusses art and architecture, the origins of urbanism, politics, culture, and how the peoples worked and lived in ancient cities.

18.30-19.30

£9, £7 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4040/john-julius-norwich-the-great-cities-1251673339/

two children and a woman looking at sheets of paper and smiling

FAMILY EVENT: Make-it: Printing

  • 16 — 20 February 2015

16-20 February, 10.30-12.30 & 14.30 - 16.30

Recommended for ages 5-12

£7.50 per child, children must be accompanied by an adult n(maximum one adult per child)

Advanced booking essential

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4041/make-it-printing-1639354331/

John Cruickshank, wearing a beige hat and raincoat, with a background of a piazza

EVENING EVENT: Dan Cruickshank: Britain's Great Palaces

  • 16 February 2015 7-8:45pm

Royal palaces are the most magnificent buildings in our history. Often built to extraordinary levels of luxury andexcess, they reveal the personalities of our kings and queens since 1066. They were places designed to impress, to express power and taste. They were often architectural pioneers – establishing fashions and providing models to emulate. They can also be supreme examples of political architecture, and part of the mechanism for holding the realm or justifying a monarch’s right to rule.

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

£15, no concessions, includes wind ereception

Organised by V&A membership

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/

Young een sat at a desk, looking into the camera

YOUNG PEOPLE'S EVENT: Careers in Design with Seymourpowell

  • 18 — 20 February 2015

Working with members of Seymourpowell, one of the world’s leading design and innovation companies, you will create your own design ideas and learn how to present them. The course includes a visit to Seymourpowell’s studios.

For ages 16-19.

Wednesday 18 - Friday 20 February, 11.00-16.00
£45, no concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4098/careers-in-design-with-seymourpowell-2115683839/

Image of a guided tour for young people

YOUNG PEOPLE'S EVENT: Createtours: 20th Century Design

  • 20 February 2015

For ages 16-24

20.00-20.30

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4045/createtours-20th-century-design-1492957353/

A young boy and a young girl at a desk, smiling, with an iPad and a sketch on the desk

YOUNG PEOPLE'S EVENT: Createinsights: Being an Experienced Designer

  • 20 February 2015

Go behind the scenes with members of CreateVoice.

For ages 16-24.

18.30-20.00

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4044/createinsights-being-an-experienced-designer-411436819/

Gareth Pugh's 'wearable scullpture' dress

EVENING EVENT: Gareth Pugh: Talking Fashion

  • 20 February 2015 6:30-7:30pm

Drawing inspiration from art and the club scene, he experiments with form and volume to create ‘wearable sculptures’. Pugh’s many high profile clients include Kylie Minogue, Beyonce and Lady Gaga. He talks about his ideas and his career.

18.30 – 19.30

£9, £7 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3947/gareth-pugh-talking-fashion-1890214629/

EVENING EVENT: Design Culture Salon 14: How dependent is the design profession on cultures of migration?

  • 20 February 2015 6:30-8:30pm

Immigration has been a bargaining point between the political parties in the run up to the 2015 election and can be seen to particularly divide attitudes to working cultures in the UK. Economic experts point to the vital and invigorating role immigration plays in our national economy.

Design historians have established that the UK profession was carved out by émigré designers. Sociologists and geographers continue to note the lasting and continuing importance of global cultures of design in shaping the UK creative economy. Does immigration mean something particular and distinct in design? If designers are in the business of innovating and instigating change, is it an advantage for the designer to be an ‘outsider’? Or even further, is the designer necessarily an outsider? Could the design profession exist without these cultures of immigration? Is the identity of the immigrant or émigré an anachronism in an increasingly global design economy?

Chair: Guy Julier, Professor of Design Culture, University of Brighton and Victoria and Albert Museum.
Panel:
Robin Kinross, Design critic and historian, Founder of Hyphen Press
Alison Clarke, Professor and Chair of Design History and Theory, University of Vienna
Max Nathan, Senior Research Fellow, National Institute of Economic and Social Research
Adrian Shaughnessy, Graphic designer, Associate Professor RCA, Founder of Unit Editions

18.30-20.30

Free, booking essential (includes drink)

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3726/design-culture-salon-14-how-dependent-is-the-design-profession-5252/

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/

LUNCHTIME LECTURES: Russian Country Houses

  • 4 March 2015 1-1:45pm

13.00-13.45

Free, drop in

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4051/lunchtime-lectures-russian-country-houses-497141556/

Drawn image of a tree in black ink, pencil over blue/purple background

STUDY DAY: Introducing art techniques: Medieval to 20th Century: Print and Drawing Techniques

  • 6 March 2015 11am-3:30pm

Look at the different effects artists such as Rubens, Rembrandt or Seurat produced when drawing and how drawings were used as preparatory works or finished works of art.
Engraving, etching and woodcut techniques were also experimented with by artists such as Durer, Pieter Bruegel the Elder and Callot. Explore how to identify the techniques of early great print makers to C20th printmakers such as Picasso and Otto Dix.

11.00 – 15.30

£45, £35 concessions, £15 students

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4053/introducing-art-techniques-medieval-to-20th-century-part-3-pri-1674008624/

Black and white image of rocky landscape with mountain

EVENING EVENT: Richard Long

  • 6 March 2015 5:30-7:30pm

His art is about mobility, lightness and freedom and the simple creative acts of walking and marking about place, locality, time, and measurement. This is the inaugural Pamela Rawnsley Memorial lecture, celebrating her life and work.

17.30-19.30

£9, £7 concession

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4054/richard-long-1772165793/

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/

Drawing of Egyptian architectural landscape with small figures and bright colours

LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Architects as Artists

  • 11 March 2015 1-1:45pm

This lunchtime lecture relates to the display Architects as Artists.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4058/lunchtime-lectures-architects-as-artists-229534467/

Margaret Attwood

EVENING EVENT: Margaret Attwood: Fashion and Fiction

  • 13 March 2015

A dressmaker who has also been photographed by Vogue, Attwood has always attributed great significance to dress in her novels, including The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Blind Assassin. She discusses her passion with Rosie Goldsmith.

18.30-19.30

£9, £7 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4061/margaret-attwood-fact-and-fiction-398140206/

EVENING EVENT: Design Culture Salon 15: How does design address immobility in our society?

  • 13 March 2015 6:15-8:30pm

EVENING EVENT: While Design Culture Salon 10 looked at the concept of movement in urban culture, this salon focuses on spaces of immobility to reveal some of the inconsistencies and resistances in contemporary design culture.

Bodies of the disabled, ill and elderly are difficult to find in design history, while contemporary design is often more eager to engage in idealized forms of engineering the urban mobile citizen. So, how can the enabling capacities of design be improved? What are the challenges and obstacles here? How can they be overcome? What can designers learn from cultural theories and histories of the representation of the body and from a wider reading of disability studies?

Chair: Rob Imrie, Professor of Sociology, Goldsmiths, London
Panel:
Ana Carden-Coyne, Co-Director of Cultural History of War, University of Manchester and author of Reconstructing the Body
James Grant, Senior Communications Manager, Transport for London
Graham Pullin, Course Director of Interaction Design at the Duncan Jordanstone College of Art, University of Dundee and author of Design Meets Disability
Alison Thomson, PhD Candidate, Goldsmiths, London
V&A and Adam Reynolds Memorial Resident, in partnership with Shape

18.30-20.30

Free, booking essential

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3727/design-culture-salon-15-how-does-design-address-immobility-in-o-5253/

Vase, Favrile, by Tiffany

SHORT COURSE: Introducing Louis Comfort Tiffany

  • 14 March 2015 2-5pm

Renowned for his stained glass windows, his lighting, his favrile glass and his exquisite jewellery, his career also encompassed enamels, mosaics, metalwork and interiors. This event, led by the historian Justine Hopkins, explores the history, appearance and context for his work.

14.00 - 17.00

£25, £15 concessions, £10 students

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4062/introducing-louis-comfort-tiffany-1194908170/

Painting of Egyptian architectural landscape with small figures and bright colours

TOUCH TOUR: Architects as Artists

  • 17 March 2015 11am-12pm

11.00-12.00

Free, advanced booking essential

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4064/touch-tour-architects-as-artists-1436271108/

Photo of a guided tour in a gallery

YOUNG PEOPLE'S EVENT: Createtours: Photography

  • 20 March 2015

For ages 16-24

20.00-20.30

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4121/createtours-photography-878037264/

Young woman with camera, smiling

YOUNG PEOPLE'S EVENT: Createinsights: Working in Film Production

  • 20 March 2015

Go behind the scenes with members of CreateVoice.

For ages 16-24.

18.30-20.00

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4118/createinsights-working-in-film-production-241642430/

Painted terracotta sculpture of bust of Henry VII

CONFERENCE: International connections: Renaissance sculptors and their impact abroad

  • 20 — 21 March 2015

The conference will also explore the role played by those who commissioned or sought sculptural works of art from foreign artists.
The speakers are Jens Burk, Thierry Crépin-Leblond, Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio, Péter Farbaky, Robert van Langh, Alison Luchs, Eckart Marchand, Peta Motture, Paula Nuttall, Arie Pappot, Kent Rawlinson, Johannes Röll, Cinzia Sicca and Kim Woods.

10.00-17.30 20 March
10.00 -16.30 21 March

Free, booking essential

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

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3799/international-connections-renaissance-sculptors-and-their-impac-5332/

Yinka Shonibare. In the background, a model of his 'ship in a bottle'

EVENING EVENT: Yinka Shonibare

  • 20 March 2015 7-8pm

Since Yinka Shonibare’s ship in a bottle commission in Trafalgar Square, his work has expanded into the public realm. In this talk,the artist will discuss the different ways in which he works, from his early paintings in the 1990s to his use of costume, photography and performance in film and his most recent series of public sculptures –Wind Sculptures.

19.00 – 20.00 talk
20.00 – 20.45 refreshments

£15, no concessions, includes wine reception

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3788/yinka-shonibare-5320/

close-up of scarf worn by a young girl holding an iPod or iPhone with earphones on

PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Solo Disco Scarf

  • 21 March 2015

By interacting with the fabric sensors on the scarf you can manipulate music playing through the garment. We will go through a complete design process taking designs from paper to breadboard to sewing machine.
This workshop is particularly suited to those who have some experience sewing. No previous electronics experience is needed.

Saturday 21 March, 10.30 – 17.00

Led by Codasign

£80, £64 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4122/solo-disco-scarf-893870136/

STUDY DAY: Introducing Mid-Century Modern

  • 21 March 2015 11am-5pm

Acquaint yourself with the distinctive components of the Mid-Century style and explore their manifestation in furniture, textiles, products and interiors.

Saturday 21 March, 11.00 – 17.00

£45, £35 concessions, £15 students

In collaboration with Thames & Hudson

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4123/introducing-mid-century-modern-12756254/

EVENING EVENT: Christopher Frayling

  • 24 March 2015

In his latest book, Frayling explores the powerful role popular culture plays in creating 19th and 20th century images of the Chinese.

He examines the Fu Manchu stories, Charles Dickens’ tales of London’s opium dens, and the role of music hall and film in reinforcing stereotypes and assumptions.

18.30-19.30

£9, £7 concessions
In collaboration with Thames & Hudson

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4127/christoper-frayling-the-yellow-peril-464476141/

Black and white illustration of a pen, ink bottle and paper with a few lines of handwriting

PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Beginning to Blog

  • 28 — 29 March 2015

This course will show you how to set up your own site for blogging where you can share your interests, promote your work or create a space for collecting your ideas.

The course is led by web designer Wen Sheng Hong, who will show you how to design your blog, create new posts, tag your content and tips for successful blogging.

Mondays, 27 January – 10 February, 10.30-17.00

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3035/beginning-to-blog-4423/

EVENING EVENT: Design Culture Salon 16: What does design do for citizenship in the age of the consumer?

  • 10 April 2015 From 6:30pm

: Notions of the consumer and the citizen have become curiously entangled in recent years. In many cases, design has been the culprit in delivering this entanglement.

Advertisements, branding and luxury lifestyle products increasingly conflate buying and consuming with individual agency on a variety of public issues, from climate change to online privacy. But how meaningful is this association? If design has been a powerful tool in merging notions of consumerism and citizenship, then how might it be used as a tool to reverse this? What other forms of citizenship are available to design with?

Chair: Guy Julier, Professor of Design Culture, University of Brighton and Victoria and Albert Museum.
Panel:
Jon Alexander, Founder of New Citizenship Project
Gordon Hush, Head of Product Design, Glasgow School of Art
Noortje Marres, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Goldsmiths
Barry Quirk, Chief Executive of Lewisham Council
Leanne Wierzba, Winchester School of Art/V&A Research Fellow in Craft/Luxury

18.30-20.30

Free, booking essential (includes drink)

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3728/design-culture-salon-16-what-does-design-do-for-citizenship-in-5254/

Alton Towers Triptych

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

  • 20 April — 22 June 2015

10.30-13.00

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

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

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

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

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£295, £250 concessions

Website

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

Marseille

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

  • 29 April — 24 June 2015

14.00-16.30

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

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

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

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£295, £250 concessions

Website

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

Chanel

From Coco Chanel to Alexander McQueen: Geniuses of Modern Fashion

  • 12 May — 7 July 2015

10.30-13.00

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

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

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

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£295, £250 concessions

Website

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

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Architectural Style

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

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

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.