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Richard Dadd’s Middle Eastern Sketchbooks

Two views of Valletta, Malta.

Richard Dadd is perhaps most famous as the Victorian fairy-painter who killed his father and subsequently spent 40 years as an inmate of Bedlam and Broadmoor. Although accurate, this oversimplifies the life and career of this extremely talented and troubled artist. Dadd suffered a breakdown whilst travelling with his patron in the Middle East in […]

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V&A Pride and more …

Those of you who follow the V&A on social media, may have already realised that things are looking a bit different this weekend. The Museum has adopted a most colourful logo on the occasion of tomorrow’s Pride in London parade. In the real world, the Museum is also showing its colours, flying the now customary Rainbow […]

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Terracotta and the Royal Albert Hall: The Spirit of Albertopolis

The façade of the Royal Albert Hall, with terracotta decorations

This is the first in a series of blog posts by students of the V&A/RCA History of Design MA programme, to accompany the ‘Building the Royal Albert Hall’ display at the V&A in Room 127 (the entrance to the Architecture Gallery) until 7 January 2018. It was written by Elena Porter. The display showcases -amongst other […]

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Introducing…The Leman Album

The Leman album, an enhanced facsimile, is one of the V&A Research Institute’s (VARI)first ‘named’ projects. Containing some 97 vibrantly coloured designs for woven silk by the second-generation Huguenot émigré, James Leman (b.1688), the designs were produced between 1706 and 1716.   They are the earliest known dated designs for woven silk and at some stage in their lifetime were […]

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Coat Tales: Celebrating Creative Collaborations

A creative collaboration hit the catwalk in the heart of Hackney last night. The fashion show featured the final works created in the PROTOTYPE project between the London College of Fashion (LCF) and mums from Morningside Children’s Centre, Hackney. The clothes were designed for and modelled by the women’s children.   PROTOTYPE was a 14-week […]

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The V&A Exhibition road ticketing screens

The unveiling of the newly installed ticketing screens in the V&A's new Exhibitio road Quarter

Earlier this year, with only two months until the new V&A Exhibition Road Quarter opened it’s doors to the public, I was given the rather urgent task of designing a digital interface, to allow visitors to buy tickets from self-service kiosks. The starting point for the digital design aspect of this project was certainly unusual. The concept had been conceived […]

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“The Vienna Museum” Catalogue of Emperor Rudloph II

Rudolf II Holy Roman Emperor is famous as perhaps the greatest art collector of his age. He was also a great supporter of astrology (Nostradamus wrote his horoscopes), alchemy (he hired the alchemist John Dee to turn metal into gold) and mystics (his lifelong quest was to find the philosophers stone) and his castle complex […]

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Vivien Leigh in 3D

To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Vivien Leigh in 1967, Keith Lodwick highlights an area of Leigh’s archive previously unknown to the public: Leigh’s passion for 3D stereoscopic photography. The V&A acquired the archive of the legendary British film and theatre actress Vivien Leigh (1913-1967) in 2013. The archive includes many never-before-seen records […]

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Avani Tanya announced as the new V&A South Asian Collections Resident

We are delighted to announce Avani Tanya as our new V&A South Asian Collections Resident between July and the end of September 2017. Avani is an interdisciplinary artist working with image, text, found objects and sculpture. Guided by an interest in the nature of memory and forms of storytelling, her practice primarily involves research, collecting […]

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Silvia Weidenbach collaboration with artisanal perfumer Nicola Pozzani

Silvia Weidenbach is our first Gilbert Collection Resident at the V&A between April – September 2017. In her work, she fuses traditional goldsmithing and silversmithing techniques with new technologies of the haptic arm and 3D printing to make her very own “digital craft.” During her residency, Silvia has collaborated with various actors, performers and musicians to […]

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