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Intoart’s Place and Repeat programme returns to the V&A – part 2

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Intoart returned to the V&A in October 2016 for the second year of their Place and Repeat programme. Intoart’s Place and Repeat programme aims to create opportunities for the artistic and professional development of people with learning disabilities working within V&A museum and their engagement with collections and archives. This year’s programme builds on Intoart artists’ […]

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Intoart’s Place and Repeat programme returns to the V&A

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Intoart returned to the V&A in October 2016 for the second year of their Place and Repeat programme. Intoart’s Place and Repeat programme aims to create opportunities for the artistic and professional development of people with learning disabilities working within V&A museum and their engagement with collections and archives. This year’s programme builds on Intoart artists’ […]

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Rapid Response Collecting – Burkini and Refugee Flag

Refugee Flag Install 30/11/2016

A burkini and refugee flag are the two latest acquisitions by the Museum’s Design, Architecture and Digital department, recently installed in the Rapid Response Collecting gallery. Text by Mariana Pestana, Curator of Future Design, and Kristian Volsing, Research Curator – Videogames The refugee flag was commissioned by the Refugee Nation, a not-for-profit creative project led […]

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vam.ac.uk turns 20!

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Today is the 20th birthday of vam.ac.uk. Having arrived on its due date 20 years ago, it was nurtured through the early years of museum digital infancy, enjoyed all the freedom, self-discovery and turbulence of the teenage years and has grown into a sophisticated, well-adjusted and thoughtful website. Following huge reinvention earlier this year, a […]

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V&A wins best website at the IDCA Awards 2016

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It’s fitting that on its 20th anniversary, the new V&A website, vam.ac.uk, has won best website at the International Design Communication Awards 2016. The IDCA awards assess and reward the best communications, design and branding strategies within the arts and museum sphere. Announced at Communicating the Museum conference in Quebec, the award is a wonderful […]

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Rethinking replication: The V&A at the Venice Biennale

Installation view of ‘A World of Fragile Parts’, presented by La Biennale di Venezia and V&A, 2016. Photo by Andrea Avezzu’ courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia.

This year the V&A launched its first collaboration with the Venice Biennale, in the Applied Arts Pavilion located in the Arsenale. The exhibition, ‘A World of Fragile Parts’ curated by Brendan Cormier, explores the possibilities of preserving and disseminating cultural artefacts. It showcases a selection of projects that demonstrate the latest replication technologies, posing political […]

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Halloween and Divination

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Halloween as we know it today came to us from Irish and North American traditions. Besides from making turnip and pumpkin lanterns, dressing up in scary costumes and trick-or-treating, one of the popular festive activities previously associated with Halloween in Ireland was divination rituals and fortune-telling practices carried out as part of the celebration. These practices […]

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V&A Illustration Awards 2017 … who’s next?

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Last week, in prepping for the opening of the 2017 V&A Illustration Awards, we found ourselves browsing through previous winners of the competition. The breath and scope of illustration styles is still astounding and every year, as the entries start rolling in, we often find ourselves wondering …which one of these artists will be next […]

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‘Look up here, I’m in heaven’

'Quietus' at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima), 2012 © Jan Baldwin/Julian Stair.

The opening lines to one of David Bowie’s final songs, ‘Lazarus’, had many thinking that the great musician and performer had written his own epitaph, a public farewell to the world just days before he died. In a world where most pop songs churn out familiar tales of love and heartache, it’s unusual to see […]

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Garnitures: Sets in the City

Five-piece garniture, porcelain, Jingdezhen, China, circa 1695,

Museum displays don’t just happen on their own, they are the collaborative work of many dedicated individuals with very specialized skills. Garnitures : Vase Sets from National Trust Houses has been in the making for almost three years and involved the staff of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Trust. There have been […]

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