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

020 7942 2000

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

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

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

Closed 24, 25 and 26 December

Admission charges

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

Getting there

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

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

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

Additional info

See website for details

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

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

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

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

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

Items from this collection

Collection details

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

Key artists and exhibits

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

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

DISPLAY: Exhibition Road Building

  • 27 November 2014 — 15 October 2016 *on now

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

Room 20

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Collage of images depicting activists with shields and clubs

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

  • 29 November 2014 — 6 July 2015 *on now

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

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

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

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

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

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

DISPLAY: Print of the Month WW1

  • 14 January — 30 December 2015 *on now

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

6 – 31 January 2015, monthly changing

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

Website

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

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

DISPLAY: The Curious Neoclassical Vision of Ennemond-Alexandre Petitot

  • 1 February — 25 October 2015 *on now

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

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

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

Gallery 102

Website

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

Illustratation of an owl and a cat on a boat

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

  • 3 February — 11 May 2015 *on now

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

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

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

The National Art Library

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

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

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

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

  • 16 February — 24 May 2015 *on now

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

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

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

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

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

Gallery 100

Website

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

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.
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/

V&A Workshop

V&A Museum Skills

  • 17 February — 19 May 2015 *on now

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

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

10.30-16.00

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

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

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£900, £775 concessions

Website

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

All of This Belongs to You - Friday Evenings

  • 3 April — 8 May 2015

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

April 3, 17, 24

May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

June 5, 12, 19, 26

July 3, 10, 17

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

18.30-21.30

Website

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

digitally produced image of two models wearing coats and hats

iPad Fashion Illustration

  • 4 April 2015

Take inspiration from the garments on display in our Fashion Gallery and learn how to create your own fashion sketches using apps like ArtRage.

Led by Sue Dray, Fashion Illustrator and Course Leader BA (Hons) Fashion Illustration at London College of Fashion

10.30-17.00

£80, £64 concessions

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

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4839/date/20150404/

BSL Interpreted Pop-up Performance

  • 8 April 2015

Our interpreter from Deaf Umbrella will join our team of performers to enhance the experience for everyone.

Wednesday 8 April 2015
Easter holidays Pop-up Performance
Venture into a wild world and go on a quest where you’ll meet fantastical characters and hear strange and wonderful tales. Our interpreter from Deaf Umbrella, will join our team of performers, to enhance the experience for everyone.

Location: Tapestries, Room 94, Level 3

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4606/date/20150408/

Christopher Raeburn

  • 10 April 2015

Joined by Suzy Menkes, Vogue International Editor, Raeburn will be discussing his journey from Royal College of Art graduate to the trials and tribulations of starting and building a sustainable
company which now stocks globally in more than 60 of the world’s best stores.

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

£15

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4850/date/20150410/

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/

digitally produced textile design with a pattern of branches, leafs and robins

Textile Print Design with Photoshop

  • 10 — 11 April 2015

Work with textile designer Jacqueline Colley and learn how to accurately position motifs, design elements and create all over repeat patterns. Using Photoshop you will discover how to professionally visualise your design in a garment sketch.

Friday 10 - Saturday 11 April, 10.30-17.00

£160, £128 concessions

Suitable for beginners

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4878/textile-print-design-with-photoshop-1591378143/

Guy Oliver in Fera at Claridge's

Guy Oliver: Inside Claridge’s

  • 14 April 2015

Oliver has created some of the most glamorous interiors in the world including the state rooms at No.10 Downing Street, The Connaught Hotel, and The Princeton Club in New York. He is also a global authority on Art Deco which made him the perfect choice to safeguard Claridge’s iconic interiors.

18.30-19.30

£10, £7 Concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4676/guy-oliver-inside-claridges-400916934/

tapestry with bust of Bernini

Touch Tour: Mortlake Tapestries

  • 16 April 2015

11.00

Free, advance booking essential

Erin O'Connor: Modelling McQueen

  • 16 April 2015

Erin O'Connor has worked with all the major fashion houses and many household names, as well as appearing on a 1st class stamp. She featured in many of McQueen's most revolutionary shows, evoking roles like Pierrot, Joan of Arc, and a bird trapped in an asylum.

18.30-19.30

£10, £7 Concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4677/erin-oconnor-modelling-mcqueen-381509098/

Jade Jagger: In Conversation

  • 17 April 2015

A former Creative Director of Asprey and Garrard, she helped to update the brand and devised timeless classics like the best-selling “Wing” collection. Since then she has established her own brand, specialising in jewellery that is hand-crafted from precious metals and quality gems individually selected by long-standing suppliers in Jaipur. She talks about the inspiration and sources for her work.

18.30-19.30

£10, £7 Concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4678/jade-jagger-in-conversation-499123401/

head of young black boy with a white person's hand on it

Diaspora

  • 17 April 2015

Join the Shrine Synchro System and their guests and experience their muscial installations. Join the amazing Errollyn Wallen around a grand piano singing Tottenham Tunes; fix up, look sharp at the 70s inspired Caribbean barbershop; exult in the Gospel of the promenading IDMC choir; soak up the cool of bluesy rock with one-man-band Lewis Floyd Henry, hang out at Larry Achiampong’s African Soul Food Hot Spot installation, and celebrate the legendary sound system culture of the late great Duke Vin with a DJ set that hits the spot with Rita Ray and Max Reinhardt.

18.30-21.45

Free, drop-in

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4858/diaspora-1961735034/

classroom with teenagers drawing and working with different meterials at the same table

Create! Costume Design (16-19 years)

  • 18 April 2015

You will create costume for a Shakespearean character in either a historical or contemporary setting. With Designer Dean Blunkell.

11.00-16.00

£15

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4729/date/20150418/

wooden chair with strcuture of threads attached to it

Creative Repair

  • 18 — 19 April 2015

During the workshop you will focus your attention on small artefacts leading to a self-generated project where you will creatively repair. You will be submerged in contemporary design thinking as well as practical exploration of techniques and skills with an ethos of celebrating repair rather than concealing it. Suitable for beginners.

Led by Paulo Goldstein

10.30-17.00

£160, £128 concessions

Suitable for beginners

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4714/date/20150418/

digitally produced graphic design of the words 'type and line' in different colours

Typographic Design

  • 20 — 23 April 2015

Learn how to work with shapes and graphic elements to create designs incorporating bespoke typographic forms.

Discover how to use type creatively to communicate messages and convey meaning. Inspired by examples of type history in the V&A collection, you will use Adobe Illustrator to explore the world of typography.

Led by Dominic Dyson

10.30-17.00

£320, £256 concessions

Suitable for beginners

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4842/date/20150420/

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/

Always Print The Myth: PR and the Modern Age

  • 21 April — 9 May 2015

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

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

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

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

£18 (includes a glass of wine)

Meeting point Secretariat Gate entrance

Website

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

Jonathan Meades: The Random City

  • 21 April 2015

He has written and performed in more than 50 television shows on subjects such as shacks, garden cities, megastructures, buildings associated with vertigo, beer, pigs, and the architecture of Hitler and Stalin. His most recent films, Bunkers, Brutalism, Bloodymindedness: Concrete Poetry, were broadcast in 2014 and he is currently working on a series on Mussolini’s architecture.

18.30-19.30

£9, £7 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4885/jonathan-meades-278859539/

Michael Eavis: Glastonbury

  • 21 April 2015

Created 45 years ago, Glastonbury has grown from a small, free, music fair to a world renowned celebration of rock, pop, jazz, food, music and performing arts.

18.30-19.30

£10, £7 Concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4679/michael-eavis-glastonbury-798896259/

model wearing dusck feather dress designed by McQueen

BSL Tour: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

  • 24 April 2015

The first and largest retrospective of the late designer’s work to be presented in Europe, the exhibition will showcase McQueen’s visionary body of work.

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

11:00

Free, advance booking essential

Website

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

colour print of a black man holding a paper with the headin 'All power to the people'

Disseminating Identities: Black Art from 1960 to Now

  • 24 April 2015

British and international artists and institutions will be questioning institutional practice and individual engagement in curating the Black Diaspora.
It will explore the role of artists as agents and cultural producers. Speakers will include, Faisal Abdulla Alla, Osei Bonsu, Tamar Garb, Paul Goodwin, Paul Hedge, Morgan Quintance, Gill Saunders and Zoe Whitley.

Friday 24 April, 10.30-17.30

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

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4576/disseminating-identities-black-art-from-1960-to-now-1976924715/

digitally produced image of popcorn boxes on pink background

Create! Digital Textile Design (13-15 years)

  • 25 April 2015

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

11.00 -16.00

£15

13-15 years

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 11-13

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4859/create-digital-textile-design-13-15-years-337911756/

Digital Design Drop-In

  • 25 April — 20 June 2015

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

Saturday 25 April
Saturday 23 May
Saturday 20 June

13.00 – 16.00

Free, Drop-in, no booking required

Website

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

Digital Futures

  • 28 April — 23 June 2015

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

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

Tuesday 28 April
Tuesday 26 May
Tuesday 23 June

16.00 – 20.30

Free, Drop-in

Website

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

Marseille

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

  • 29 April — 24 June 2015

14.00-16.30

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

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

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

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£295, £250 concessions

Website

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

William Vintage: Iconic Fashion

  • 1 May 2015

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

18.30-19.30

£9, £7 concessions

Website

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

William Vintage: Iconic Fashion

  • 1 May 2015

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

18.30-19.30

£10, £7 concessions

Website

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

repeated pattern of lips and candy on textile

Create! Digital Textile Design (16-19 years)

  • 2 May 2015

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

11.00-16.00

£15

For ages 16-19 years

Website

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

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Photography: Personal Archives

  • 2 — 9 May 2015

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

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

10.30-17.00

£240, £192 concessions

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

Website

http://photography-personal-archives-469912656

Peter Brook: Performance, Place, Politics, Process

  • 2 May 2015

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

Saturday 2 May 2015

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

Website

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

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Photography: Personal Archives

  • 2 — 16 May 2015

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

Saturday 2, 9 & 16 May, 10.30-17.00

£240, £192 concessions

Led by Susan Andrews and Ania Dabrowska

Suitable for beginners

DSLR camera required

Website

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

Peter Brook: Performance, Place, Politics, Process

  • 2 May 2015

The conference will explore the impact on British and International theatre of the legendary director and writer giving the stage to Performers, designers and directors. Speakers will include Peter Brook and Tom Piper.

Saturday 2 May 2015

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

Website

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

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Digital Photography Level 2

  • 4 May — 15 June 2015

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

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

Led by Jasprit Singh.

Mondays

4, 11, 18 May

1, 8, 15 June (except 25 May)

10.30 – 13.00

£240, £192 concessions

Website

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

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

Anthony Sher: Talking Theatre

  • 5 May 2015

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

18.30-19.30

£10, £7 Concessions

Website

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

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

Compose and Expose: Digital SLR Photography for Beginners

  • 7 May — 2 July 2015

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

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

10.30 – 13.00

Led by Jasprit Singh

£320, £256 concessions

DSLR camera required

Website

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

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

Shaun Leane

  • 8 May 2015

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

Evening Talk

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

£15

Website

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

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

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

  • 8 May 2015

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

Friday 8 May, 11.00 – 15.30

£45, £35 concessions, £15 students

Website

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

model wearing duck fetaher dress by Alexander McQueen

Touch Tour: Savage Beauty

  • 12 May 2015

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

11.00

Free, Advance booking essential

Website

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

Chanel

From Coco Chanel to Alexander McQueen: Geniuses of Modern Fashion

  • 12 May — 7 July 2015

10.30-13.00

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

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

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

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£295, £250 concessions

Website

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

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore

  • 15 May 2015 7-8:45pm

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

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

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

Admission

£15 (including wine reception)

Website

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

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

Staying Power: Narratives of Black British Experience 22 May

  • 22 May 2015

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

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

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

Website

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

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

BSL Tour: All of this Belongs to You

  • 29 May 2015

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

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

18.30

Free, advance booking essential

Website

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

Katie England: Styling McQueen

  • 1 June 2015

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

13.30-14.30

£10, £7 concessions

Website

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

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

Alexander McQueen Conference

  • 5 — 6 June 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Website

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

Sarah Burton: Designing McQueen

  • 5 June 2015

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

18.30-19.30

£10, £7 concessions, £5 students

Website

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

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Illustrative Collage

  • 6 June 2015

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

10.30-17.00

£80, £64 concessions

Led by Áine Cassidy

Suitable for beginners

Website

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

Black and white image of Loulou standing and smoking

Loulou de la Falaise: Muse and Model

  • 9 June 2015

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

18.30-19.30

£10, £7 concessions

In collaboration with Rizzoli

Website

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

Black and White sequence photography of an ostrige running

Touch Tour: A History of Photography: Series and Sequences

  • 11 June 2015

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

11.00

Free, advance booking essential

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

Soft Circuitry: Sew your own Interactive Toy

  • 13 June 2015

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

Led by Codasign.

10.30-17.00

£80, £64 concessions

Website

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

model wearing McQueen butterflye headress

Extreme McQueen: How to Wear Accessories

  • 13 June 2015

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

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

14.00-17.00

£28, £25 concessions, £10 students

Website

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

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

Smart Textiles

  • 19 — 20 June 2015

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

Friday 19 – Saturday 20 June

10.30 - 17.00

£160, £128 concessions

Led by Dr Sara Robertson.

Suitable for beginners

Website

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

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

  • 19 June 2015

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

Friday 19 June, 10.30 – 17.00

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

Supported by the Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation

Website

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

Paul Merton: In Conversation

  • 19 June 2015

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

18.30-19.30

£12 includes book

In collaboration with Ebury Press

Website

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

B&W sequence photography of an ostrige running

BSL Tour: Series and Sequences

  • 26 June 2015

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

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

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

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

18.30

Free, advance booking essential

Website

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

image of computer internal parts

Introduction to Arduino

  • 27 June 2015

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

10.30-17.00

£80, £64 concessions

Suitable for beginners.

Led by Codasign

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

Trailblazers: Isabella Blow

  • 27 June 2015

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

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

14.00-17.00

£25, £20 concessions, £10 students

Website

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

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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.