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The original contemporary late night event

An ever-changing, curated programme of live performances, cutting-edge fashion, film, installations, debates, special guests and DJs, with bars, food, and late-night exhibition openings.

Held on the last Friday in every month (except December & September) from 18.30 - 22.00.

Friday Late is free and drop in. All events are available on a first come, first served basis.

All visitors to Friday Late should use the main entrance on Cromwell Road. If you are a V&A Member, corporate member or hold a ticket to an exhibition please use the Exhibition Road entrance.

Exhibition Tickets are available from the Exhibition Ticket Desks. Tickets are subject to availability, and no booking fee applies. Please note tills close at 20.30.

All events are free and places are designated on a first come, first served basis, unless stated otherwise. Please note, if the Museum reaches capacity we will allow access on a one-in, one-out basis.

Filming and photography will take place at this event. 


Friday Late: Radio V&A

Radio V&A

Friday 26 February
18.30 – 22.00

Broadcast live at the museum, February’s Friday Late presents to you Radio V&A. Come and hear broadcasters, djs, producers and radio art activists take over the museum airwaves as we investigate the history and culture of radio. From a vital mode of communication to a bite size podcast, explore this iconic medium through oral histories, radical programming and sonic installations.

The Salon, Europe Galleries

Take part in Talkaoke, the ultimate talk show. Pull up a pew and let the talking commence. Mikey Weinkove will be your host for the evening, he’ll hand you the microphone as you come up with the subjects for conversation. Conversation will journey from topical, funny, deep, out-there, or all of these. Feel free to drop in throughout the evening.

The Sound of Silence by Vicki Bennett (People Like Us)
National Art Library

The library encourages silence, yet it is full of words.  The broadcast experience is similar - it is all around us yet we have to tune in to actually hear it. Vicki Bennett’s site-specific 3.5 hr radio show will be played throughout the course of the evening. It grabs from the wide spectrum of sounds picked up when using a radio receiver, from outer space to our inner world. There really is no such thing as silence.  Vicki specialises in the manipulation and reworking of original sources from both the experimental and popular worlds of music, film and radio. She was the first artist to be given unrestricted access to the entire BBC Archive.

Radionics Radio
Lord Leighton’s Frescoes, Leighton

Is it possible to represent thoughts as electronic frequencies?  From the late 1940s, Oxford's Delawarr Radionic Laboratories conducted experiments to try to find an answer to this.  Their activities remain largely unknown, as they worked within the context of fringe science.  Experiental composer Daniel Wilson and Toby Clarkson (of Oscillatorial Binnage) pay homage to these unusual electronic sound experiments with electroacoustic musical diffusions of collected thought-frequencies.  A short documentary introducing Radionics Radio will also be premiered.

Radio Arts Transmitter workshop
Lunchroom, Learning Centre

Build your own mini-FM transmitter and begin broadcasting your own material from any amplified sound source. This DIY transmitter formed the basis of the 'mini FM' movement in Japan and Italy in the 1970s, allowing communities to form their own local broadcast infrastructure as the ultra-low wattage of the transmitters circumvented public broadcasting laws. The workshop will be led by Radio Artists Magz Hall, Jim Backhouse and Anthony Elliott. Radio Arts is an independent artists’ group who promote radio as a site for creative experimentation.

Dream Vessels
Ceramic Galleries

Four radiophonic Dream Vessels will micro-broadcast dreams across the ceramic galleries of the Museum.  Listen to the pots transmit via FM radio or tune in on your own FM devices on your phone.  Dream Vessels is inspired by the early surrealist radio programme of Robert Desnos La Clef des Songes (The Key of Dreams) from 1937, which invited listeners to submit their dreams for interpretation and dramatization, inviting radio dreamers to deliver their secrets as real ones. Magz Hall has exhibited in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, British Museum, Tate Britain, the Sainsbury Centre, Whitechapel Gallery and broadcast internationally. She is a senior lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University UK.

Joe Boyd’s  A-Z
Seminar Room 3, Learning Centre

Joe Boyd has been sharing his huge collection of music on-line in an alphabetical series of podcasts called A-Z. Choosing a song title from each letter, he spins stories, plays tracks, recalls great studio moments and brings to light some of his favourite vinyl. For tonight only, the 10-minute podcasts will be extended into half an hour of music, stories and conversation, not to be missed. Joe Boyd is the author of White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s and producer of Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, R.E.M., Toumani Diabate and many more.

Tune-In (Scriptwriting for Radio)
Art Studio, Learning Centre
18.30, 19.00, 19.30, 20.00, 20.30, 21.00, 21.30

In this 20-minute workshop you will be taught the power of writing for sound. Learn how it can be used to create an atmosphere to engage your listener’s emotions and imagination. Silence your inner critic in order to reveal your own scriptwriting magnificence. This workshop will be led by Ann Théato an award-winning writer of radio drama, documentary, novels, short stories and film, as well as an Associate Lecturer at the London College of Communication, BA (Hons) Advertising.

Heart Like a Duck
Room 94, Tapestries
19.00, 20.00, 21.00

The Resonance Radio Orchestra are devoted to the live performance of radiophonic art, exploring the medium's expressionist capacities,  bringing spoken word, music and sound effects into dynamic equilibrium. Tonight, this avant-garde house band of London's globally acclaimed arts radio station Resonance FM draws on its floating pool of contributing actors, musicians, and engineers to present Heart Like A Duck. The performance includes one of the most iconic voices of radio drama, Tom Graham (Tom Archer in BBC Radio 4's The Archers) and musicians Adam Bushell (percussion), Keiko Kitamura (koto), Peter Lanceley (electric guitar, voice) and Milo Thesiger-Meacham (electronics).
Written and directed by Ed Baxter. Composed by Peter Lanceley.
Kindly supported by PRS for Music Foundation.

Programme Cover Design

Souvenir programme wrap created by illustrators Crispin Finn.

Food & Drink

Drinks are available in the Grand Entrance throughout the evening and in the John Madejski Garden (weather permitting).
Food and drinks will be served in the Café until 21.00.

Also on tonight

Julia Margaret Cameron

Until 21 February 2016
Supported by The Bernard Lee Schwartz Foundation
This donation was made possible by the American Friends of the V&A

Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection

Until 28 March 2016
Sponsored by Wartski

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About Friday Late

Friday Late began in 1999, establishing the much-copied format for London cultural centres' evening events. The programme celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design in society, bringing audiences face-to-face with both leading and emerging artists and designers. By providing a platform through which to test ideas and challenge convention, Friday Late aims to inspire and provoke, whilst encouraging audiences to interact with the Museum’s collections in new ways.

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