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

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/

painting

DISPLAY: Architects as Artists

  • 13 August 2014 — 29 March 2015 *on now

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

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

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

Architecture, Room 128a

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Spherical metalware

DISPLAY: The Lost Art of Writing

  • 13 August 2014 — 19 April 2015 *on now

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

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

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

Metalware, Room 116

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Two pots with uneven surfaces

DISPLAY: Simon Carroll: Expressionist Potter

  • 13 August 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

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

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

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

Supported by Gerard and Sarah Griffin

Ceramics, Room 146

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

3D printed plastic gun

DISPLAY: Rapid Response Collecting

  • 14 August 2014 — 15 January 2015 *on now

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

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

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

Rapid Response Collecting Room 74A

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Costume design with angular shapes of circles and cones

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

  • 18 October 2014 — 25 January 2015 *on now

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

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

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

Free, drop in

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Collage of images depicting activists with shields and clubs

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

  • 29 November 2014 — 6 July 2015

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

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

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

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

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

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/

Photo of a male sculpture

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

  • 16 October — 11 December 2014 *on now

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

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

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

10.30 – 13.00

Led by Jasprit Singh

DSLR camera required

Digital Studio, Sackler Centre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£320, £256 concessions

Website

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

Contable paintings with tress and a river

3 WEEK PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Photography Inspired by Constable

  • 17 November — 1 December 2014 *on now

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

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

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

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

Led by Nigel Wilson

Digital Studio, Sackler Centre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£240, £192 concessions

Website

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

Line Fishing Off Hastings

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

  • 25 November — 16 December 2014

11.00-15.30

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

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

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£200, £170 concessions

Website

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

Russian Textile

LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Russian Textiles at the V&A

  • 26 November 2014 1-1:45pm

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

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

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Stitch

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

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

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

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

Led by Janet Bolton

Art Studio, Sackler Centre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£126, £101 concessions

Website

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

IPads

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

  • 29 — 30 November 2014 10:30am-5pm

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

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

Led by Jasprit Singh

Digital Studio, Sackler Centre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£160, £128 concessions

Website

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

Venetian silver bowl with a dog in the middle

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

  • 3 December 2014 1-1:45pm

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

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

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

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

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Christmas tree pattern

1 DAY DIGITAL WORKSHOP: Illustrated Christmas Cards

  • 5 December 2014 10:30am-5pm

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

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

Led by illustrator Maggie Li

Digital Studio, Sackler Centre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£80, £64 concessions

Website

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

A kid using a computer

FAMILY EVENT: Digital Kids

  • 7 December 2014 10:30am-5pm

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

Recommended for ages 5+

10.30 – 17.00

Limited places available

Digital Studio, Sackler Centre

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Website

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

John Pilger in Indonesia, shooting a documentary

EVENING TALK: John Pilger: In Conversation

  • 9 December 2014 6:30-7:30pm

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

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

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

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £9, Concessions £7.

Website

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

sketch of building interior with people

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

  • 10 December 2014 1-1:45pm

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

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

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

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

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Three young persons

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

  • 12 December 2014 7-8pm

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

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

Seminar Room One, Sackler Centre

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

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

Handmade necklace

3 DAY PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Couture Beading: Bridal Embellishments

  • 12 — 14 December 2014

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

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

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

Art Studio, Sackler Centre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£189, £151.50 concessions

Website

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

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CONFERENCE: Inventing Elegance - Fashion Photography 1910-1945

  • 12 December 2014 10:30am-5:15pm

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

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

In collaboration with the Photographers Gallery London

Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

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

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2 DAY DIGITAL WORKSHOP: Disobedient Textiles

  • 13 — 14 December 2014 10:30am-5pm

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

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

Led by Codasign

Digital Studio, Sackler Centre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£160, £128 concessions

Website

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

Director shadow

Directors and Directing: History in the Making

  • 23 January — 13 February 2015

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

Course Leader: Giles Ramsay Theatre Producer and Director

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

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£200, £170 concessions

Website

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

V&A Workshop

V&A Museum Skills

  • 17 February — 19 May 2015

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

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

10.30-16.00

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

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

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£900, £775 concessions

Website

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

Europe

Europe 1600 - 1800: The Making of the Galleries

  • 25 February — 18 March 2015

11.00-15.00

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

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

4 Weeks, Wednesdays, 25 February – 18 March

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£225, £180 concessions

Website

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

Daniel Marot

Versailles

  • 6 — 27 March 2015

11.00-15.30

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

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

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

4 weeks, Fridays 6 March – 27 March 2015

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£200, £170 concessions

Website

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

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.