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Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s self-portrait: a forgotten loan

Photograph of Self-Portrait of Lourens Alma Tadema

The other weekend I visited the Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity  exhibition (7 July – 29 October 2017) at Leighton House Museum. Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836–1912) was a Dutch-born artist who settled in London in 1870 following the death of his first wife; he is best known today for his striking renditions of opulence and excess […]

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Reveal Festival for families

This weekend take part in the Reveal Festival at the Victoria and Albert Museum. There will be lots of events for all the family including a Digital Kids Minecraft activity. On Saturday and Sunday in the Sackler Centre for arts education join artist Matt Shaw to build monumental structures responding to the new architectural spaces in […]

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Against a Pile of Ashes

The following is the lead catalogue essay for ‘A World of Fragile Parts’, the inaugural exhibition for the Pavilion of Applied Arts at the Venice Biennale, which was on display last year for the duration of the Architecture Biennale. The exhibition was curated by Brendan Cormier and Danielle Thom, and looked at how the V&A’s 19th […]

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Lansbury Micro Museum- This Wall Talks…

  At the beginning of this month we had the pleasure of hosting artists Laurie Nouchka and Tullis Rennie at Chrisp Street Market in Poplar, East London as they worked with local residents to produce a new audio-visual artwork for the V&A’s Lansbury Micro Museum. The artists’ ongoing collaborative project Walls On Walls aims to celebrate […]

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Lansbury Micro Museum- Art in the Neighbourhood

Guest blogger: Rosamund West This month our focus at the Lansbury Micro Museum is on the role that art plays within the built environment. We’ve asked Rosamund West, our fantastic walking-tour host, to give us an insight into her own research on the subject as well as a glimpse of what to expect on her […]

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Open Week in the Ceramics Residency Studio

Showcave, Bethan Lloyd Worthington

The Open Week marks the end of artist Bethan Lloyd Worthington‘s six month residency in the Ceramics Collections. The studio will be cleared for a display of new work, fragments and plans for future projects exploring landscape and place.

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Lansbury Micro Museum – School Ceramics project and Teachers’ Sanctuary

  In January, a class of thirty Year 6 pupils from the Lansbury Lawrence Primary School were invited to participate in a month-long project with the V&A exploring the history of the Lansbury Estate, the historic significance of their Grade II listed school and the ceramic tile designs of artist Peggy Angus. Formerly the ‘Susan Lawrence Primary’ and ‘Elizabeth Lansbury […]

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Lansbury Micro Museum- New Horizons

  We are pleased to announce that the next instalment of the exhibition series Neighbourhood Number Nine launches at the end of this month at the Lansbury Micro Museum. The exhibition New Horizons 1950s – 1980s considers the changing nature of the Lansbury neighbourhood over four tumultuous decades in the East End, addressing the impacts […]

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A Soupreme Achievement

The Souper Dress, 1966.

    On a recent Friday Late at the V&A, I paid a leisurely visit to the exhibition ‘You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966 – 1970’. My Bluetooth headset played the haunting sound of an organ, the opening of ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ by Procul Harum. The exhibition was busy […]

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“I am so jealous you work here!”

When a visitor says, “I am so jealous you work here”, it can’t get any better than that. The Victoria & Albert Museum is an iconic piece of Victorian, architectural magnificence, housing over 1500 years of impeccable history.  There is no other place like the V&A Museum in the world. From the moment you approach […]

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