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 from Archive to Action: Sedgehill Hub

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This is a guest post by Grace Khoo. Grace  is currently pursuing her Masters in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has previously worked as a performer, puppeteer, production assistant and facilitator.  She graduated from the National University of Singapore’s Theatre Studies program. Grace is observing the work of Gemma […]

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Peter Brook from Archive to Action: Chiswick School Hub

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This is a guest blog post by Danielle McIlven. Danielle is an experienced Community and Youth Theatre Director working in the UK and Internationally. She is the Director for the Chiswick Hub of the Peter Brook Schools Project, which is comprised of Chiswick School, Watermans and Gunnersbury Park Museum. The scope of this project is […]

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Sing to Live Takes to the Stage at V&A

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Sing to Live, Live to Sing groups from across Kensington and Chelsea joined together to showcase some festive favourites as well as other well known songs at the V&A this Christmas. With a welcome from the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Cllr Robert Freeman the singers showcased some festive favourites as well as other well known songs for […]

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Personal Archives – a creative photography project

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Guest blog post by Susan Andrews and Ania Dabrowska What is an archive? How might you create a body of work in response to an archive? What’s the difference between an archive and a personal collection? In what way does developing your own body of work constitute the development of an archive? These were a […]

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Peter Brook from Archive to Action: Schools’ Outreach Project

A Midsummer Night’s Dream rehearsal. Photo by Douglas H Jeffery © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The ‘Peter Brook Archive to Action’ Schools’ project, generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, formally began this term on the 2nd October when the 18 project partners were all invited to the V&A for a Twilight session. We were delighted to see so many teachers, museum educators and theatre practitioners attend, each of whom […]

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Samsung Digital Classroom: Digital Illustration with Amy Brown

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  Last week Brighton based illustrator Amy Brown came to the V&A to run a Samsung Digital Classroom session with us looking at digital illustration and collage. Groups were set two briefs which they could choose to work on: designing a gig poster for a fictional New Year’s Eve event or creating a range of […]

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Is Innovation just for the Tech sector and NOT for the Arts?

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This is a guest post by Bhavani Esapathi, a Writer & Speaker on Digital Innovation within the Cultural Sector. Bhavani was invited to host a discussion about innovation as part of the Digital Design Weekend 2015. So we ventured out for a whole weekend to talk about innovation during the Digital Design Weekend via the project Designing […]

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Digital Portfolios: Six Tips for Designing your Portfolio for University and College Applications

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  Creating your perfect portfolio can be tough, so here are six simple tips to create one that works. Applications to university and college courses can be a daunting process and increasingly, one of the requirements for an interview and entry is the submission of a digital portfolio. Although traditional physical portfolio making is part […]

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Pop-Up Darkroom on Exhibition Road

This is a guest blog by Almudena Romero, visual artist and photography teacher. My team and I took part in the V&A’s one-day careers event for schools, Creative Quarter, on Friday 13 November. We put up a pop-up darkroom on Exhibition Road to celebrate the Julia Margaret Cameron exhibitions at the V&A (opening 28 November) […]

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Texture & Textiles, Fabric of India Display

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Making from scratch a print by using my own design, being able to express myself artistically and displaying our work at the V&A has been really fantastic Texture & Textiles explored the range of textile techniques in the V&A Fabric of India exhibition. Led by artist Raksha Patel sixteen workshop sessions across London boroughs with local residents and community […]

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