Friday Late

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) 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. Please note that if the event reaches capacity, we will operate on a one-in-one-out basis. If you are a V&A Member, corporate member or hold a ticket to an exhibition please use the Exhibition Road entrance.


Art Licks x V&A

Friday 26 September 18.30 – 22.00

Emerging artists, upcoming artist-run spaces and independent curatorial projects take over the Museum for the night. Featuring the grass roots of visual culture in London, September’s Friday Late is a collaboration between the V&A and Art Licks and a preview to the Art Licks weekend (3rd–5th October). Art Licks launched in 2010 as a platform for the lesser-known and under-represented activities on the London art scene, operating through several strands of activity, including tours, events, a magazine and website. Come and celebrate with us the ever changing energy of this creative city.

All events are free and places are designated on a first come, first served basis, unless stated otherwise. Filming and photography will be taking place at this event.

Please note, if the Museum reaches capacity we will allow access on a one-in, one-out basis.


Friday Late: Art Licks x V&A

ALL EVENING (18.30 – 22.00)

Vereda Tropical

Cromwell Road entrance
Brought to you from the back of a transit van, Square Art Projects present Vereda Tropical, a screening of four Venezuelan video artists who centre their practice on the exploration of narrative and storytelling. Square Art Projects is an independent artist-run initiative which presents contemporary art exhibitions in non-gallery spaces on an international level and in novel settings. Square Art Projects is curated by Katherine Di Turi & Piers Veness.

Deborah Castillo – Untitled (2011)
Jamie Castro - Gente de San Agustín (2011)
Jorge Domínguez Dubuc – Llanerolandia (2000)
Bernardita Rakos - Untitled (2010)

The Grubby Mix (Andy Holden DJ)

Grand Entrance
Playing music from the extended cosmos of The Grubby Mitts, join front man Andy Holden as he creates soundscapes ranging from electronic to ambient. The Grubby Mitts recently returned from The Politics of Friendship Tour during which they played nine artist-run spaces around the country, transforming each space into part concert venue, part exhibition.

Sugars, Protein and Salt

Room 64b
To borrow Mark Leckey's phrase, Sophie Lee has made an ‘enhanced digital doppelgänger’, a standalone work that introduces her exhibition Sugars, Protein and Salt (Perfect Fried II) at Gowlett Peaks, Peckham. This work combines Lee's interests in the body, the materiality of rubbish and waste, a gastric approach to information, chemical reactions and archaeology. Sugars, Protein & Salt juxtaposes depictions of the alchemic, mystical and precious with contemporary graffiti tags and images of waste and grime. Gowlett Peaks is a programme of exhibitions and events curated by Elinor Morgan.


Room 48a
18.45, 19.45 & 20.45
As a collective of three artists JocJonJosch are interested in issues of identity relating to the individual and the group. Ouroboros takes the shape of a cell like organism, formed of human figures in constant flux, invoking ideas of ‘searching’ in the context of the human condition and drawing on Borges’s image of The Library of Babel. This will be the first performance of Ouroboros outside of Switzerland, where it was performed as part of a solo exhibition for the Manor Prize 2013 in the Valais Art Museum, Sion, Switzerland.
This performance will include nudity.
No photography is allowed.

DIG collective

Rooms 21-24
DIG began in 2013 in an abandoned warehouse in Lewisham; as a platform for emerging arts with a focus on multi-disciplinary practices, as well as affordable studios amidst an increasing need for working space. Taking over the Medieval Renaissance galleries for the evening, DIG give us a feel for the warehouse they work in as they transform this space with site specific artworks to create a space for collaboration and exchange.

Emily Woolley - A Negative Imprint
Sebastian Silas and Eleanor Parker - Saxophonist and Dancer
Jack Bodimeade- Poking things with a stick
Adrian Aldhini- Study on the evolution of body representation according to the V&A archives.
Roland Fischer-Vousden and Mark William Lewis- Two statues try to reconcile their love.


Exhibition Road entrance
Contemporary artist Tom Lovelace presents Sweep, an installation of everyday objects inspired by Fox Talbot's famous photograph 'The Open Door', 1844. Lovelace's practice reconsiders and reinvents everyday objects and materials, presenting installations and photographs which oscillate between the absurd and the mundane.

Horizontal Assembly

British Galleries, room 57a
Artist collective Vulpes Vulpes draw a narrative between The Great Bed of Ware in the V&A’s permanent collection and Temporary Abode a dwelling found in a historic rave site in Stoke-on-Trent. The interactive installation looks at shared folklore, evidence of strangers resting together as the boundaries of privacy are relaxed and signs of previous visitors, all informing us of the sites social histories.
There will be a performance at 20.30.

A Cool Drink To Cheek (2014)

Balcony 111, above the Cast Courts
Surrealism, expanded cinema and science fiction are visible influences in the work of Sam Austen. Created in 16mm film and transferred to HD video, his latest work provides gaudy glimpses of the fantastical reality that film’s physical and material origins belie.

Millington | Marriot

Room 32, End of the Leighton Corridor
Having made the transition from a flat to gallery space over the past year Millington | Marriott present new works by Erchen Chang & Kitty Clark and Paul Schneider. With a focus on low cost high impact advertising Schneider takes the tradition of sign spinning on the American west coast as his starting point. Look out for the sign-spinner located throughout the Museum acting as a living advert; a performance for commerce.  Chang & Clark bring perfect hair, painted nails and carnival music under a rose-tinted light in their short looped video work, full of trope imagery from throwback summers at the fairground. Millington | Marriott are a curatorial collaboration based in South East London.

Evening Recitals

National Art Library
(access via staircase L)
Evening Recitals centres itself on providing new writers with a platform to read from, emphasising simplicity in order to make writing and reading most important. Come and hear the spoken words of Sean Stoker, Hannah Newell and Jose da Silva, all graduates from the Royal College of Art’s Critical Writing course. Their work deals with the cultural history of Dracula in Romania, what constitutes value in the contemporary art world and the Elephant and Castle shopping centre.

Printing with Scorsese and Others

Lunchroom, Learning Centre
(access via staircase L)
Join Hato Press to edit and riso print your very own version of their latest publication, Cooking with Scorsese and Others. Working with directors such as Martin Scorsese, Juzo Itami, Stephen Chow and Ang Lee you can make your very own director’s cut of a culinary masterpiece worthy of a Michelin star.

Objects not to be Photographed workshop

Lunchroom, Learning Centre
(access via staircase L)
18.30 - 21.00
Join artist Tom Lovelace for this dual workshop of sculpture and photography. The relationship between photography and the Museum dates back to the mid 19th century. Artefacts and sculptures are photographed thousands of times each day. Come and create objects that attempt to defy the camera and sculptures that are impossible to photograph.

Charismatic Megafauna
Tapestry Gallery
(access via staircase L)
19.00 &21.00
Fresh from shows at Supernormal and Wysing’s Space-Time festival, Charismatic Megafauna are an all-female, all-drum band that works with loud, experimental music and performance. With one drum-kit between three, they are known to incorporate home-bleached costumes, video projections, satin flags, glow sticks and bike lights into their sets.

Desk top Residency

Eight artists have been invited to design a desktop image for your iPhone, iPad or computer screen each responding  to an object in the V&A’s collection. Find them in various locations across the museum and follow the link below to download them. Desktop Residency is a curatorial collaboration between artist John Henry Newton and curator Barnie Page.

Cast Court, Room 46a - Ben Newton, Rebecca Birch
Room 50a - Bedwyr Williams, Timothy Foxon 
Room 44- Jacqueline Bebb, Laura Reeves
Bottom of Staircase - Richard Bevan, Jamie Bracken-Lobb

Low Animal Spirits

Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
(access via staircase L)
Low Animal Spirits by Ami Clarke and Richard Cochrane is an algorithm driven by real time data, scripted as a live onscreen score and audio work with automated ‘readers’.  Taking its cue from the oft-mentioned loss of the referent in both language and the economy, it is a live model of high frequency trading, dealing in words sourced from global news feeds for virtual ‘profit’, whilst speculating on their usage.  The analysis produces new phenomena in the form of headlines generated with the help of Natural Language processing algorithms.

The Role of Artist - led Project Spaces

Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
19.00- 20.00
This panel discussion will explore the importance and value of artist-led project spaces, and their contribution to the cultural landscape, both in a historic and current context. Speakers included Luke Drozd (38b), Alastair Frazer (The Woodmill), Richard Grayson (The Basement Group), Douglas Thackway (SPACE) and will be chaired by Eva Rowson (Art Licks). Followed by audience Q&A.

Art Licks Magazine

Room 25, bottom of staircase L
The Art Licks magazine is a discursive space for the voice of artists and curators to sound out new and experimental ideas and projects. This Friday Late will see the launch of Issue 15 of the magazine for Autumn, including writing and work from: Miriam Austin, Hannah Barton, Anita Di Bianco, Patrick Coyle, Marcus Foster, Adam Nathaniel Furman, Elizabeth Graham, Christopher Green, James A. Holliday, Rupert Horsley, Jeremy Hutchison, Amalie Jakobsen, Mark James, Mat Jenner, Lucy Joyce, Marie-Rose Kahane, Paul Kneale, Xavier Poultney, Chris Rawcliffe, Jasmine Raznahan, Megan Rooney, Sofi a Stevi, Will Strong, John Tremblay, Heather Welsh, and Alma Zevi.

Programme Cover Design

Souvenir programme wrap designed by UK-based graphic designer Luke Drozd

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 Cafe until 21.00.

September’s Friday Late illustration was designed by Dan Stafford of Puck Collective. 

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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