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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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Glass becomes him: reflections on Erwin Eisch’s ‘Head of Narcissus’

Ralph Day is a postgraduate student in the History of Design at the V&A and the Royal College of Art, and has delivered tours for the monthly V&A LGBTQ Tours programme. Today he shares with his his thoughts and responses to Erwin Eisch’s ‘Head of Narcissus’, on display in Contemporary Glass, Room 129. ‘Dislocated and captivating, […]

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Watery Wonders: Spectacular Aquatic Entertainment – Part 1, Water Takes To The Ring

As we approach the 250th anniversary of the founding of modern circus in 2018, in a series of posts Curator for Popular Entertainment, Cathy Haill, will explore aquatic entertainment in the circus.   Circuses are more generally associated with the smell of the sawdust than the waves of the water, but a recent visit to […]

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Silvia Weidenbach announced as the first V&A Gilbert Collection Resident

We are delighted to announce our first Gilbert Collection Resident: Silvia Weidenbach who will start her residency in April and be with us until October 2017. Weidenbach is a German designer based in London. She holds an MA in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery from the Royal College of Art, London and a Diploma in […]

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Guest Blog: Portable Theatre and the Arts Council of Great Britain Archive

Guest blogger, Dr Chris Megson, shares his experience of using the Theatre and Perfomance archive collections. Portable Theatre was a short-lived but influential company founded by David Hare and Tony Bicât in 1968. The company – named after the then ubiquitous ‘portable’ radio – was established as first and foremost a nomadic entity. Whilst touring […]

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Aston Webb Screen Reveal

  This Summer the V&A will reveal its new spaces on Exhibition Road. We will regularly be sharing news leading up to the opening in July. If you’ve visited the museum recently you may have noticed that the Aston Webb Screen has returned to Exhibition Road and is slowly being uncovered as the scaffolding that […]

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V&A Resident Julian Melchiorri wins The Arts Foundation Award for Materials Innovation

We are delighted to announce that Julian Melchiorri: Exhibition Road Engineering Resident has won The Arts Foundation award for Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers’ Foundation, 2017.  The Arts Foundation was set up in 1990 to help artists and celebrate the existence of art. The Foundation awards financial assistance to talented, emerging artists at a time in […]

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Want to hear more from our V&A Ceramics Resident Bethan Lloyd Worthington?

Bethan Lloyd Worthington is a London based artist who works with drawing, objects and installation to explore themes of place and fragmentation through time. She is particularly interested in archaeology as an inter-relationship with science, landscape, place, etymology, speculation and magic. Ceramics as a medium and an interest form the bedrock of her practice but […]

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Languages, Sprachen, Yaziki and more in Design Archives

El Al logo, design, George Him, 1966

By Frankie Alves, Archivist, Design Archives Online I studied languages before I became an archivist, and I always get quite excited when I find something in an archive that isn’t in English.  Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of this in the archives of our Jewish émigré designers, so I’ve had a great excuse to break […]

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On the naming of names: Samuel Alken and the acknowledgement of printmakers

Samuel Alken after John Smith. 'Pont-aberglaslyn'. Aquatint. Plate from: William Sotheby. 'A tour through parts of Wales: sonnets, odes, and other poems'

In my last post I introduced the printmaker Samuel Alken (1756-1815), and showed how his work, like that of many illustrators and printmakers, can be hidden in a library’s collection. One of the factors affecting whether a printmaker (or any other contributor) appears in a library catalogue is the prominence with which they are named in a […]

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