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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Peter Brook Collection: Schools’ Outreach Project

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In September 2014, the V&A acquired the Peter Brook Collection. Peter Brook is one of Britain’s greatest living directors and over the course of his career has produced ground-breaking plays, films and operas. Thanks to funding from the HLF and a private donor, the museum is rehousing and cataloguing the materials in the collection to […]

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An Indian Summer at Glastonbury

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This week sees the return of Glastonbury Festival to Worthy Farm in Somerset. Awash with wellies, crowds and jaw dropping performances, this year will include a new guest – the Victoria and Albert Museum and its youth collective CreateVoice. Glastonbury Festival © Andrew Allcock To mark the V&A acquiring the Glastonbury archive from the Eavis […]

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Special Family Event this weekend – 20 and 21 June 2015

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View of a display of Middle Eastern objects & textiles in The Damascus Room; 
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The V&A Families team is running a bumper weekend of activities on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June to mark Refugee Week 2015. We have taken inspiration from the beautiful objects and panels in our display, A Room from Damascus, on show in the Islamic Middle East Gallery. If you would like to make something […]

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Illustrative Collage

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By guest blogger Áine Cassidy The Illustrative Collage workshop took place at the V&A on 6th June 2015. The course was led by illustrator and graphic designer Áine Cassidy. Over the course of the day a group of eight students took inspiration from the V&A’s collection to create their own collage artwork. Below are some […]

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Day Two at the V&A: Behind the Scenes of my Shakespeare Course

Gilded teak angel by Hibbert C, Binney known as The Spirit of Gaiety and originally designed for the dome of the first Gaiety Theatre, Aldwych, where it was erected in March 1904. Hibbert C. Binney

This is a guest post by Dr Enza De Francisci who is currently preparing a Shakespeare and Italy course at the V&A supported by the University College London-King’s College London Collaborative Learning Fellowship in the Arts, Society and the Humanities (Arts and Humanities Research Council)   So it is Day Two of my Shakespeare Course […]

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All of this Belongs to You, V&A at Field Day Sunday 7th June

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Guest Post: Karin Andersson from muf architecture/art on the V&A Exhibition All of this Belongs to You and a visit to Field Day Apollo and Zephyr at Field Day In the medieval and renaissance gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum stands two naked muscular men next to each other on pedestals. They glance towards […]

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Behind the Scenes of my Shakespeare Course

A view of Shakespeare's Macbeth on stage at Covent Garden, mid 1760s, Unknown Artist, Italy c.1570 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This is a guest post by Dr Enza De Francisci who is currently preparing a Shakespeare and Italy course at the V&A supported by the University College London-King’s College London Collaborative Learning Fellowship in the Arts, Society and the Humanities Sometime last year, I came across an email advertising a Collaborative Fellowship in Learning in […]

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Digital Textile Design

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By guest blogger Jacqueline Colley Create! Digital Textile Design took place at the V&A on 2nd May 2015. Designed and led by textile designer Jacqueline Colley, a group of eight students from the young people’s programme worked as print designers for the day creating repeat patterns for fashion and visualising their designs in garment sketches. […]

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Design The World – It’s a wrap

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  After eight months, five workshops, over 100 participants, mountains of materials and a limitless source of enthusiasm, we have finished our Design the World project. The world is a big place and with a collection as big as the V&A’s, it was a challenge to select only five areas to focus on. In the […]

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Call for applications: V&A Samsung Korean Digital Art Residency

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  We are delighted to announce that we have just issued an open call for applications for artists with Korean nationality (based in the UK and internationally) working with digital media (including moving image, webtoons, games, interactive art, software and Internet art).   The V&A Samsung Korean Digital Art Residency will be based in the […]

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