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And the winner of Jameel Prize 3 is…

We are pleased to reveal that Dice Kayek has won the £25,000 Jameel Prize 3 for Istanbul Contrast, a collection of garments that evoke Istanbul’s architectural and artistic heritage. Martin Roth, Director of the V&A and Fady Jameel, President of Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI) presented Ece and Ayşe Ege with the prize at […]

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An Eccentrics Christmas

To celebrate the festive period, artists Helen and Colin David – of textile label English Eccentrics – were commissioned to create the spectacular 2013 Christmas Tree for the Grand Entrance of the Museum. The ‘Red Velvet Tree of Love’ is traditional in shape but is coated in visceral red flocking to give a deep velvet-like […]

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Happy St Andrew’s Day

It’s 30th November, also known as St Andrew’s Day. What a perfect time to celebrate Scottish design with a look at some fine examples of Caledonian craft. We begin with an object that was not just made in Scotland, it was made *of* Scotland. Scottish stones to be precise. This double scarf or shawl pin […]

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Happy Birthday Ryan Giggs!

The Manchester United and former Wales footballer turns 40 today. The most decorated player in English football history made his first league start back in May 1991 and is the only player to have appeared and scored in all 21 Premier League campaigns so far. And here he is making another appearance, this time in our […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s the fourth Thursday in November, which for all of our American friends can only mean one thing: Thanksgiving. Here are a few collections highlights from the good old US of A to help celebrate the big day. The most important element of any Thanksgiving feast is the turkey. Unfortunately, the lady in this 19th-century […]

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V&A experts discover a new oil sketch by John Constable

V&A experts have discovered a previously unrecorded oil sketch by John Constable. The newly discovered work was concealed beneath a lining canvas on the reverse of Branch Hill Pond: Hampstead. It will now go on public display in the Paintings Galleries. The recent discovery was made by V&A conservators Clare Richardson and Nicola Costaras while […]

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A little Movember inspiration

The nights are drawing in, leaves are falling from the trees at an alarming rate and there seems to be far more moustachioed men around than usual. Of course, it’s not just November, it is also Movember. And as the month nears its close, the charitably hirsute menfolk of the world will need to put […]

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Trajan’s Column: 1900 years

This week the V&A and the Romanian Cultural Institute launch a programme of events to celebrate the 1900th anniversary of Trajan’s Column and 140 years of the V&A’s Cast Courts. Historian Dan Snow comments “There are few more wonderful treasures in the UK than the meticulously reproduced Trajan’s Column in the V&A. It’s a mine […]

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Prix Pictet Shortlist Announced

From 22 May – 14 June 2014, the V&A will be hosting an exhibition of works from the 2014 Prix Pictet – the global award in photography and sustainability. The shortlist of 11 artists selected for the Fifth Cycle of the Prix Pictet, on the theme of Consumption, was announced last night in Paris. Adam […]

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The Art of Fireworks

With Bonfire Night tonight, and Diwali celebrations last weekend, the sky has been particularly full of colourful sparks recently. But you don’t always have to gaze up to the night sky to see a beautiful display. Take a look in the V&A’s collections and you will discover that fireworks have been inspiring artists all over […]

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