News from the Learning Department

News from the Learning Department brings you stories about Learning Programmes covering all audiences: families, young people, schools and teachers, higher education students, adults, communities, and the creative industries. Our team of writers will take you behind the scenes of our programmes and bring you highlights of our events.

The Learning Department programmes events, activities, courses and projects to inspire creativity in all of our audiences. We also manage gallery interpretation, residency programmes and evaluation.

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Concept to Catwalk Final at the Olympic Park

  Last week, students from across London displayed designs inspired by London and V&A at a glamorous event at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. With close to a thousand students entering the competition, seven finalist teams worked with mentors from Central Saint Martins’ MA Material Futures to create stunning pieces that brought together London influences, […]

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Digital Kids – Make your own McQueen inspired fashion

“The collections in the V&A never fail to intrigue and inspire me…the nation is privileged to have such a resource…it’s the sort of place I’d like to be shut in overnight.” Alexander McQueen Over the last week we have been having a lot of fun with families visiting the museum on their Easter holidays. There […]

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Samsung Digital Classroom with Oliver Lang

Photography has never been so popular and the opportunities for people to share their work has never been greater. Powerful new mobile devices encapsulate the old photographers’ axiom of, “The best camera to use is the one you have with you”. A quick look through Instagram will show you how photographers are using the freedom […]

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Norouz: celebrating Spring at Persian New Year

    Mark the Persian New Year celebration of Norouz by joining the V&A for a day of music, dance, song, poetry, storytelling and craft workshops for families on Sunday 22 March from 12.00 – 17.00. Events are free and drop in so do come and join us. We’re really excited about welcoming families to […]

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Blue birds and BSL

Do you want to learn the secrets of the Willow Pattern, be transported into a magical fairy-tale world or dress up and dance like 80’s pop star Adam Ant? This winter and spring we have a number of British Sign Language Interpreted (BSL) interactive performances for families as part of our regular Saturday’s Pop up […]

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Intoart Drawing Tours

  Intoart is an artist-led visual arts organisation based in London working with adults and young people with learning disabilities. The V&A have worked closely with Intoart to produce a series of six tours that use artist’s drawings as a means of exploring the V&A collections.   Over six visits to the Museum, artists Andre Williams, Christian […]

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Singing the blues – February Half-Term

This February Half-Term the families’ team have set the theme for our activities as the Willow Pattern and blue and white ceramics to tie in with the new Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics display on Level 6 in the Ceramics Gallery.  We just love the blue and white patterns in these pieces and have became fascinated […]

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Free Workshop – Digital Print for Fashion and Interior Design

Calling all young designers! If you are thinking of starting a career or heading into further study in creative arts, a new V&A programme will help you build a portfolio, meet professionals and gain new skills to start your journey. Join us this weekend, get creative and share your ideas with us.     The […]

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V&A Schools, the Creative Industries and a stained glass car of the future….

The V&A Schools programme gives students and teachers the chance work with professional artists and designers and provides insights into the creative industries. So, at the start of another new term I thought it would be nice to look back at how we’ve been doing this over the last term and look ahead to some […]

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‘You’ve got Juliet Capulet’s balcony?!’

Yes, we have! … well… not quite! What we do have, in the magnificent street-setting of the Medieval and Renaissance galleries, are rare surviving examples of balcony panels from the Palazzo Pola in Trevis, Italy. Probably carved in the workshop of Pietro Lombardo around 1490, squint and you can almost imagine Juliet leaning demurely over […]

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