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Q&A: Curating Christmas in the V&A Shop

Our Visual Manager Charlene Betteridge, and illustrator Lynn Hatzius have transformed the shop into a wonderful ‘Winterland’ for this year’s Christmas display. Charlene and Lynn explain the inspiration and process that went into creating this beautiful display… Where did you first see Lynn’s illustrations? Charlene Betteridge: I first saw one of Lynn’s illustrations of an […]

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John Constable

Your Affectionate Father John Constable

In 1828 John Constable found himself a widower with seven young children. Apart from his own sorrow at the death of his beloved wife Maria, a blow from which he never really recovered, he must also have had to deal with the grief and loss faced by his offspring. As a comparatively well off single […]

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‘A Confusing Welcome’, 2010. RCA Graduation Show.
Photo: Ester Segarra

Meet the New Artists in Residence

October brings falling leaves and chilly nights but for us it also means new residents! We would like to introduce six (yes, six!) residents who will be drawing inspiration from the Museum collections during the next six months. Matthew Raw October 2014 – March 2015 Supported by Jeremy and Margaret Strachan Matthew Raw is an […]

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V&A Illustration Award winners, 2014,

V&A Illustration Awards Open for Submissions

We are pleased to announce that the online entry system for the 2015 V&A Illustration Awards is now open. The Awards have been running since 1972 and aim to celebrate the best in published and student illustration from this year. If you are a professional illustrator either living in the UK or publishing work here […]

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V&A Illustration Awards 2014 Winner Announced

Last night saw the presentation of the 2014 V&A Illustration Awards, and we are pleased to announce that Helen Musselwhite was chosen as our overall winner. Helens’ winning work was entered for the Editorial category and accompanies an article in Dance Gazette by author Audrey Niffenegger called, ‘Ten Myths of Creativity’ which explores the ups […]

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V&A Illustration Awards 2014 Shortlist Announced

We are very excited to announce the 2014 shortlist for our annual V&A Illustration Awards. This year our judges included two Art Directors, Gary Cochran from the Telegraph and Peter Dyer from Profile Books, joining them was our very own Director of Design, Moira Gemmill.   To choose our Student Award winners were illustrator and […]

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Q&A With illustrator Lesley Barnes

Lesley has created exclusive fashion illustrations inspired by style and surface pattern. For The Glamour of Italian Fashion exhibition we have applied her bold and energetic illustrations to a capsule collection of products. Lesley explains how this collaboration began, her inspiration, and what would be her favourite outfit… Tell us a bit about your work…. […]

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FAAASHION, DAAAHHRLING

A bizarre, superficial, desirable, expensive, untouchable world stripped back. This is what I have come to understand is the prophecy SHOWstudio preaches; it offers an exploration of every facet of fashion. A quote by Nick Knight, visionary of the fashion world and Director of SHOWstudio, explains this mantra: ‘SHOWstudio is based on the belief that […]

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Sharing Stories for Mother’s Day

Mother’s day is this weekend; a time for family gatherings, and maybe for sharing old favourite stories that have been passed down between generations. It brings to mind a book of old spooky stories we have in the National Art library that was put together by a mother and her son. ‘Legendes Rustique’ was written […]

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Congratulations Beatrix Potter!

One hundred years ago to the day (15 October 1913) Beatrix Potter was married at St. Mary Abbots in Kensington. It seems fitting that this church is agreeably situated near the corner of Hyde Park, roughly equidistant from the V&A Museum and the V&A Archives, which now house the world’s largest collection of Potter artworks, […]

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