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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The Making of The Masquerade

A cast in costume filming in front of a green screen

This film takes you behind-the-scenes of The Masquerade interactive film, and the extraordinary group of people that helped create it. Interviews with the participants, the theatre company and V&A staff involved, provide insights into this unique collaboration. We documented the project from the first meeting of the cast to the launch party. The Masquerade is […]

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V&A and Tate Digital Learning teams come together for MozEx

The Digital Programmes team at the V&A has joined Tate Digital Learning to curate MozEx, an art exhibition with a 21st-century twist at Mozilla Festival (MozFest). MozFest is an annual celebration of the diverse, creative internet community and the greater open Internet movement. People from across the globe gather together and discuss, debate, create and […]

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Being a family volunteer tour guide

During February half-term, eight families led tours of the Europe galleries for other families. During May half-term from Friday 3 June – Sunday 5 June, the volunteer tour guide families will lead more tours as part of the programme of events at 11.30 and 13.30. A father who took part in the programme reflects on […]

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Data Visualisation: the space where design and technology collide

Data is the new oil, or so they say. We are constantly generating more and more data from a dizzying array of digital interactions that we partake in every day. We are told this data contains the insight to generate revenue, identify corporate trends, predict our next moves and even save lives. But data is […]

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Peter Brook: From Archive to Action, Oral History Project

As part of the Peter Brook: Archives to Action project, we’ve been speaking to practitioners and performers who have worked with or been inspired by Peter Brook, as well as audience members who experienced many of his key productions. From Helen Mirren to Adrian Lester, Peter Brook has worked with a wide range of actors […]

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Inspired by…

Monday night saw the opening of Inspired by…, an exhibition showcasing new artwork made by adult learners from across the UK, inspired by the V&A’s collection. The quality of the work submitted was impressive and I was honoured to be invited to select the winner for ‘Digital Media’, a category introduced to the competition for […]

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Graphic Gathering – V&A Competition Winner Revealed

Graphic Gathering is the V&A’s annual graphic design challenge for secondary school students. The competition is designed to give students a taste of professional practice and help prepare them for higher or further education and work in the creative industries through answering a real life brief. The Design Council recently reported that ‘exponential growth of […]

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V&A Samsung Digital Classroom: Virtual Reality and an Interview with Rachel Derbyshire, ChroniclesVR

Last weekend as part of the V&A Samsung Digital Classroom, we invited in Rachel Derbyshire of ChroniclesVR to run a workshop in creating virtual reality experiences. The students who came along created 360 degree photos of the museum, took 3D scans of objects in the gallery and then made an app to run on the […]

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GUEST BLOG: Digital Design Drop-in: The Invisible Labs

On Saturday 30 April, Bhavani Esapathi, founder of The Invisible Labs – a social tech initiative helping those with incurable, invisible diagnosis live better lives – was invited to take part in our monthly Digital Design Drop-In programme and share her work with the public. In this post, Bhavani discusses the projects presented at the […]

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V&A Samsung Digital Classroom: tips for beginning projection mapping

Our Samsung Digital Artist in Residence, Yiyun Kang, has just finished the end of her residency with us after transforming the Cast Courts with her new work, “Casting“. As a parting gift, Yiyun led a session for our Samsung Digital Classroom for 16 – 19 year olds, exploring projection mapping. We’d like to share a few […]

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