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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Digital Design Weekend 2015

Prototyping marathon, Digital Futures UKMX, Centro de Cultura Digital

The Digital Programmes’ big annual event as part of LDF is back and after months of planning and a few frantic weeks of preparations, we are looking forward to some exciting events this coming Saturday and Sunday. This year’s theme and projects are focussing on citizen design, engagement and participation and it all started in Mexico! […]

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DAY 3 @ the V&A: Behind the Scenes of my Shakespeare Course

Platform Shoes, Vivian Westwood, 1993

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) Today’s day at the V&A involved taking my international students […]

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Playing with Light


Last Saturday the lecture theatre was awash with sound and light as the V&A played host to a special performance by participants on the practical workshop Playing with Light. The course was led by UK based musician and artist Leafcutter John. The aims of workshop were to explore and experiment with simplicity to create […]

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Colour Photography


Guest blogger Nigel Wilson This three day course focused on the power of colour in photography. Each day the students were set a practical assignment which required them to re-assess their approach to colour in their work. By definition, we also explored where black & white was an appropriate choice. Project 1 saw the students […]

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Contemporary Portraiture


By guest blogger Kate Elliott A couple of weeks ago photographer and artist Kate Elliott led a one-day photography course, exploring a broad range of approaches to contemporary portraiture. To tie in with the current V&A display Facing History: Contemporary Portraiture, the group discussed how contemporary practitioners have adapted and drawn inspiration from historical or […]

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Graphic Gathering

Activities in the galleries to generate ideas for the brief

Graphic Gathering is the Victoria and Albert Museum’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. Creative & Cultural Skills (CCSkills), recently […]

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Samsung Digital Classroom: 3D Printed Jewellery

This week we have been hosting Black Country Atelier as part of the Samsung Digital Classroom to create 3D printed jewellery inspired by the V&A’s collections. Black Country Atelier are a studio of artists, designers, scientists and engineers who as well as taking on commissions, run innovative design workshops in schools and museums. We have […]

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Creativeworks Entrepreneur in Residence: Sigune Hamann

© Sigune Hamann

Completing her CEIR residency funded by Creative Works London Sigune Hamann exhibited a panoramic film-strip at RAUMX. The installation reflects her research into methods of reading and displaying panoramic images in relation to East Asian scrolls as part of research at the V&A and Tokyo Wondersite.   At the V&A Hamann took photographic film-strips of visitors […]

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Fascinating Footwear: Short History of Shoes

Shoes Banner

Join us in September for a fantastic short course on this history of shoes led by Fiona Campbell, lecturer at the London College of Fashion and designer/maker of shoes! 3 Day Short Course 30 September, 14.30-17.00 1 October, 10.30-13.00 2 October, 14.30-17.00 £125 / £110 concessions   Due to the success of the Shoes: Pleasure […]

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Family BSL Pop-up Performances at the V&A Museum

Pop-up Performance The Tale of Little Red Riding Hood © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Did you know that the V&A Museum in London has BSL performances especially for families? On 1 and 22 August, three times a day, there will be BSL interpretation of two exciting and unique performances by signer Matthew Wainright from Deaf Umbrella. Matthew is completely involved in the action of each story, interacting with the […]

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