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Drawing Shakespeare at the V&A

Shakespeare continues to be an inspiration for people from all walks of life, all around the world. This was reflected in the diverse programme of the V&A’s Shakespeare Festival, as well as in the creative responses to the Festival events themselves. Siân Schiaparelli, artist and illustrator, captured the Festival in a number of beautiful sketches […]

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Michael Schmidt (1945-2014)

It was with immense sadness that we learned of the death of the great Berlin art photographer Michael Schmidt on Saturday 24 May. Three days previously he was awarded the Prix Pictet for Lebensmittel, his monumental exploration of the food industry. The award was presented in his absence by Kofi Annan at the Victoria and […]

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Wearable tech: who wears it?

Motarola WT4000 Wearable Terminal

Look carefully at the wrists of those around you and you will likely see someone sporting an activity tracker of some kind – a Nike Fuelband, a Fitbit or even a Misfit Shine. Bright and shiny, these health and fitness gadgets are a new type of personal accessory: devices, which in the words of Jawbone, […]

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Michael Schmidt Wins 5th Prix Pictet

Michael Schmidt has been announced as winner of the fifth Prix Pictet photography prize, selected from a shortlist of eleven. Schmidt was chosen for his monumental work Lebensmittel (food stuff), made between 2006 and 2010. The series combines social documentary and urban topographics and explores the fascinating topic of how we feed ourselves, from the farm to […]

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On Tour: David Bowie is

David Bowie is open at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. The exhibition has travelled all the way from the Museum of Image and Sound in Brazil to Germany, where it will be on display until 10 August 2014. David Bowie has close ties with Berlin, the “Berlin Triology”, which includes the albums Low (1977), Heroes (1977) […]

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V&A Illustration Awards 2014 Shortlist Announced

We are very excited to announce the 2014 shortlist for our annual V&A Illustration Awards. This year our judges included two Art Directors, Gary Cochran from the Telegraph and Peter Dyer from Profile Books, joining them was our very own Director of Design, Moira Gemmill.   To choose our Student Award winners were illustrator and […]

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Members’ Week 2014

Ever wondered what its like to be a V&A Member? From the 9 til16 May the V&A will host its fifth annual Members’ Week. Members’ Week is an opportunity for non-Members to enjoy a taster of what is on offer as a Member. During the week anyone can book a host of exciting events.   […]

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Help Save This Cabinet for the Nation!

As you will have seen if you’ve visited the Silver Galleries lately, we have just launched an urgent new appeal trying to raise the £534,000 needed to save this incredibly rare and important medal cabinet from export. The cabinet was made in around 1810, for someone in the circle of the Emperor Napoleon. Stunning in […]

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Returning to the V&A: Selling Dreams

Selling Dreams, curated by V&A Curator Susanna Brown, has completed its international tour closing at Auckland Museum, New Zealand. The exhibition is now on its way to the V&A where it will be on display from 28 March to 4 May 2014. What is Selling Dreams? The V&A is home to the UK’s National Collection […]

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Get ready for #MuseumWeek

If you love museums and have ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the V&A, then you need to mark 24 – 30 March 2014 in your diary. We are joining up with hundreds of museums and galleries across the UK and Europe to take part in Twitter’s very first #MuseumWeek. We’ve got […]

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