Anatomy for artists: John Tinney, Stephen Francis Rigaud and one “R.H. Nash”

Following on from my earlier post about provenance, here is another volume with an interesting owner. The book is ‘A compendious treatise of anatomy’ by John Tinney (1706?-1761). As the full title makes clear, it was designed for the practising artist, providing just enough anatomy to give an understanding of the visible structure of the […]

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Sheila Hicks: Material Voices – A Review

Review of Sheila Hicks: Material Voices  exhibition at the Textile Museum of Canada. This is a stunning exhibition, which plays with the themes of memory, contrast and space. Upon entering the exhibition the visitor is struck by the circular nature of the display space, which mirrors Sheila Hicks’s own cyclical treatment of her work. A video introduces […]

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Close to the Skin, new display and short film by Noor Ali Chagani

Close to the Skin is a display and short film by our previous V&A Jameel Resident Noor Ali Chagani. It will be on display in Gallery 47 c for one week only (until 1 March) so do come by and see the work Chagani produced during his residency. Chagani will also be speaking at our conference The […]

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Glass becomes him: reflections on Erwin Eisch’s ‘Head of Narcissus’

Ralph Day is a postgraduate student in the History of Design at the V&A and the Royal College of Art, and has delivered tours for the monthly V&A LGBTQ Tours programme. Today he shares with his his thoughts and responses to Erwin Eisch’s ‘Head of Narcissus’, on display in Contemporary Glass, Room 129. ‘Dislocated and captivating, […]

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Watery Wonders: Spectacular Aquatic Entertainment – Part 1, Water Takes To The Ring

As we approach the 250th anniversary of the founding of modern circus in 2018, in a series of posts Curator for Popular Entertainment, Cathy Haill, will explore aquatic entertainment in the circus.   Circuses are more generally associated with the smell of the sawdust than the waves of the water, but a recent visit to […]

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Silvia Weidenbach announced as the first V&A Gilbert Collection Resident

We are delighted to announce our first Gilbert Collection Resident: Silvia Weidenbach who will start her residency in April and be with us until October 2017. Weidenbach is a German designer based in London. She holds an MA in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery from the Royal College of Art, London and a Diploma in […]

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Lansbury Micro Museum- New Horizons

  We are pleased to announce that the next instalment of the exhibition series Neighbourhood Number Nine launches at the end of this month at the Lansbury Micro Museum. The exhibition New Horizons 1950s – 1980s considers the changing nature of the Lansbury neighbourhood over four tumultuous decades in the East End, addressing the impacts […]

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Guest Blog: Portable Theatre and the Arts Council of Great Britain Archive

Guest blogger, Dr Chris Megson, shares his experience of using the Theatre and Perfomance archive collections. Portable Theatre was a short-lived but influential company founded by David Hare and Tony Bicât in 1968. The company – named after the then ubiquitous ‘portable’ radio – was established as first and foremost a nomadic entity. Whilst touring […]

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Tools of Rebellion

Navigational tools of rebellion

‘Tools of Rebellion’ was a working title for a collection of eight articles we produced to support the exhibition, You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966 – 70. These articles are united around a common theme of contemporary, creative activists who use their own tools of rebellion to highlight positive causes. To link each of these articles […]

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Aston Webb Screen Reveal

  This Summer the V&A will reveal its new spaces on Exhibition Road. We will regularly be sharing news leading up to the opening in July. If you’ve visited the museum recently you may have noticed that the Aston Webb Screen has returned to Exhibition Road and is slowly being uncovered as the scaffolding that […]

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