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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Artists in Residence at LDF 2013

The end of September saw us bid farewell to our two artists in residence, designer Julia Lohmann and ceramicist Keiko Masumoto, and after six months in the Museum, they certainly went out with a bang. Both artists took part in some extremely successful open studios as part of London Design Festival – Julia welcomed over […]

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Digital Design Challenge 2013

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Art, design and science have always gone hand in hand. A look through any of the galleries here at the V&A would show you how artists and designers have been botanists, alchemists and astronomers, seeking to understand hidden processes which create the world as we experience it and then turn it into something new. For […]

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Intoart -The Ceramics Collective

This February, the V&A invited Intoart to develop workshops at the museum, designed to open up the collections to adults with learning disabilities.  These 10 sessions were planned and delivered by Intoart co-founder Sam Jones and artist Mawuena Kattah, who used these workshops to share her research and art making skills.  © Victoria and Albert […]

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Twenty Objects for Twenty Years: A Female Saint, c.1450 – 1500

The end of term has arrived, and we’ve reached the end of the 20th  Medieval and Renaissance Year Course.  I’ve enjoyed writing the ‘Twenty Objects’ blog, and will be back with occasional posts in the autumn.  Meanwhile the last of our ‘Twenty Objects for Twenty Years’ is written by a former student, Dr Samantha Darell […]

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DesignLab: Keiko Masumoto

As part of the V&A Schools DesignLab series, we invited Year 8 and 9 students from Elthorne Park High School to take part in an extended project with the Toshiba: Japan Ceramics Resident, Keiko Masumoto. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London Students were introduced to Keiko Masumoto’s professional practice through a studio visit and presentation of […]

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DesignLab: Sky Arts Ignition Memory Palace

V&A Schools ran a DesignLab project this summer in collaboration with Sam Winston, one of the 20 artists asked to make work for Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace. The exhibition is a walk-in story that brings to life a new work of fiction by the author Hari Kunzru. The book is set in a dystopian […]

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Twenty Objects for Twenty Years: The ‘Burgundian Windows’, Bruges, c.1500

Among the most historic – and historical – treasures in the V&A’s Medieval and Renaissance Galleries are four stained glass panels from a series depicting the rulers of the Burgundian Netherlands, together with angels bearing coats-of-arms, originally from the windows of the Chapel of the Holy Blood in Bruges.  The V&A panels depict Mary, Duchess […]

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Twenty Objects for Twenty Years: Donatello, Virgin and Child, c.1435, Florence

This week’s object has been chosen by students on the Medieval and Renaissance Year Course, and is by the great Florentine sculptor Donatello (1386-1466).  It is an image of the Virgin and Child, by far the most common type of privately owned art object in this period.  Images such as this served as aids to […]

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The V&A at Mini Maker Faire

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Last weekend, the V&A was proud to be part of the team who organised London’s very first Mini Maker Faire at London College of Communication, Elephant and Castle. The Maker Faire brings together Makers from all different backgrounds and showcases great examples of creativity and ingenuity, from 3D printers and programmers, to musicians and textile […]

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Twenty Objects for Twenty Years: The Ramsey Abbey Censer and Incense Boat

The Ramsey Abbey Incense Boat and Censer, England, Silver and Silver Gilt, Medieval and Renaissance, room 10, case 13, Muse ref: M.269-1923 and M.268-1923 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London The silver-gilt censer and incense boat, exhibited side by side in the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries, are extremely rare survivals of 14th-century English, ecclesiastical, goldsmiths’ […]

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