Contemporary Portraiture

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By guest blogger Kate Elliott A couple of weeks ago photographer and artist Kate Elliott led a one-day photography course, exploring a broad range of approaches to contemporary portraiture. To tie in with the current V&A display Facing History: Contemporary Portraiture, the group discussed how contemporary practitioners have adapted and drawn inspiration from historical or […]

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Graphic Gathering

Activities in the galleries to generate ideas for the brief

Graphic Gathering is the Victoria and Albert Museum’s annual graphic design challenge for secondary school students. The competition is designed to give students a taste of professional practice and help prepare them for higher or further education and work in the creative industries, through answering a real life brief. Creative & Cultural Skills (CCSkills), recently […]

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#MuseumInstaSwap

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This week we’re joining nine London museums to celebrate each other’s collections through the photo sharing network Instagram. The idea came following an article by the Londonist in May 2015, where the magazine listed ‘The Best London Museums to follow on Instagram’, based on the number of followers. Along with the V&A the museums selected […]

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Getting the feel of The Fabric of India

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With such a strong focus on materials in the first part of the exhibition, we thought it would be a good thing for visitors to be able to feel the different textures of some of the fabrics on show. Clearly this isn’t possible with the actual museum objects, for which there is a strict ‘no […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 181

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Lee High Road near Lewisham today and this fantastic looking audio shop. I think all the shop fronts portray the character and personality of the shop owner. Lewisham was most likely to have been founded by a pagan Jute, Leof, who settled (by burning his boat) near St Mary’s Church (Ladywell) where the ground was drier, in the 6th century. […]

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“A-well-a, everybody’s heard about the bird, Bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word …”

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Last week, my LGBTQ Co-Chair Zorian Clayton and I had the pleasure of meeting up with Bird la Bird and her friend Michael Atchmann in the Museum, to chat about plans for an exciting event we have coming up in November. Sunday 22nd November to be precise – so note it in your diaries now!! Its […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 180

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 180 Fulham Road and we’re staying near the top. Continuing a theme from yesterday I first started exhibiting with David Gill Gallery and working with Francis Sultana here in late 2004. The first piece I made for them was a massive nativity scene that went in […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 179

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 179 One of my favourite shops and a place close to my heart I had my 1st small solo exhibition here in 2004. Opened in 1979 this iconic fashion designer (and cyclist) Paul Smith was the first designer to open in a then very different Floral […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 178

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 178 What better way to start the week than with a proper breakfast. Nothing to do with Kraftwerk’s album of the same name The Electric Cafe has a formidable following – people seem to just bloody love this place. From pictures I’ve seen of the inside […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 177

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 177 Textiles and Fabric in East London – Middlesex St, E1. It used to be called Petticoat Lane, hence the name of the market there. Spitalfields’ historic association with the silk industry was established by French Protestant (Huguenots) refugees who settled in this area after the […]

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