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Toilet Talk: Looking for non-gender-specific toilets?

Greeting you at a door multiple times a day, whether at work or in public buildings, you’ll no doubt be very familiar with these two anonymous figures. Clear and easily recognisable, they are the symbols frequently used to demarcate gender-specific toilet facilities. Over the years a number of places have played with the design of […]

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Lubna Chowdhary announced as next V&A Ceramic Resident

We are delighted to announce that Lubna Chowdhary will be the next V&A Ceramics Resident during the period April to September 2017. Lubna has been working in the field of ceramics for over 25 years during which time, the nature and application of her work has moved between sculpture, design and craft. Her projects are largely […]

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Under the Skin of the Spirit of Gaiety – Part 1

Figure 1 - The Spirit of Gaiety, Hibbert C. Binney, 1904. Museum no. S.2630-1996.

Many of you may have had a glimpse of the Spirit of Gaiety statue from the Painting Galleries (Figure 1): it is a very large, carved and gilded angel blowing a trumpet, originally designed for the dome of the Gaiety Theatre in London and erected there in 1904 (Figure 2). Although any visitor can view […]

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How The Eagle Slayer got to Bethnal Green

‘One of the most important specimens of the British School of Sculpture’ If you’ve ever visited the vast Marble Floor of the V&A Museum of Childhood, you may have noticed a rather pale gentleman stood near the café. Lunging back, with a bow poised and ready to shoot, he’s no ordinary visitor to the Museum […]

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‘Pussyhat’ acquired for Rapid Response Collection

Voice of America - Brian Allen

The V&A has acquired a Pussyhat worn at the Women’s March attended by an estimated 500,000 people in Washington on 21 January 2017 – the day after US President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The pink hat was knitted by Jayna Zweiman, the Los Angeles-based co-founder of the Pussyhat Project, which called on people to turn the […]

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Bamboozling, Flash Gordon and a Magical Mystery Tour

In my previous post, I spoke about the The Black Panther , a comic that inaugurated by Jack Kirby before Don McGregor imposed his own inimitable stamp of racial awareness on it. Our story continues… The last episode opened with Lindsay Anderson and closed with Malcolm McDowell responding in different ways to my comic addiction. […]

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A History of Oscar Wilde in Three Plays

Assistant Curator, Alex Clayton, celebrates LGBT History Month with a blog exploring the career and legacy of Oscar Wilde, using material from the V&A’s Theatre and Performance Collections. On the 31st January 2017, Queen Elizabeth II signed the Police and Crime Act. The law posthumously pardoned over 50,000 historic convictions of ‘gross indecency’ and other […]

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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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