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.

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.

Friday Late: Civic Futures

24 April 2015

18.30 - 22.00

What kind of a city are we building today? What are the ideas and values that it embodies? Civic Futures will explore the idea of the metropolis as a collective social enterprise. This forms part of the programme for All of This Belongs to You, an exhibition at the intersection of design, democracy and public life.

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: Civic Futures

The Gravy
Grand Entrance
18.30 -20.30

The Gravy is a unique collective of DJ’s which broadcast a weekly radio show on Resonance FM, showcasing a wide spectrum of music from around the globe. The sets stem from soul to pop to house to the obscure and beyond. Keeping it eclectic but at the same time aiming to please.

DJ Dogger
Grand Entrance
20.30 -22.00

DJ Dogger aka professional skateboarder Rob Smith presents an exclusive DJ session for the evening.

Building  Rights  presents ‘The Planning Game’
Gallery 46b: Cast Courts
19.00 & 20.30

Building Rights is a popular repository of planning knowledge, a user-generated forum where the rules of what is built and what is not are shared, tested and generated in public. It is a place where the 'rules' of planning are made fairer and more visible. In this spirit, join us for 'The Planning Game', a talk and workshop using roleplay to explore the replanning of South Kensington, while probing planning's rules, moves and tactics. Building Rights is part of 'Making Planning Popular', David Knight’s (DK-CM) ongoing PhD at the Royal College of Art. In collaboration with Europa and Afonso Martins, and supported by Finn Williams and The Interiors Group.

The Design of Public Life, 2014
Lydia and Manfred Gorvey Lecture Theatre/Seminar Room 3

Architects Shelley McNamara of Grafton and Finn Williams of the Greater London Authority discuss the role design can play in shaping public spaces in a world made increasingly diffuse by technology. Chaired by curator Rory Hyde.

Pipe Dreams, 2015
Room 107, Leighton Corridor

Pipe Dreams marks the passing of Crossrail's Tunnel Boring Machines beneath the Barbican Estate. Granted unique access as the final stretch of the Crossrail project’s tunnelling takes place between Liverpool Street and Farringdon, the film captures the magic of the tunnels in their present state, revealing the underground landscape and contemplating what is being created underneath our feet. Commissioned by the Barbican Centre. (04.05 minutes)

Room 107, Leighton Corridor

Skydweller is a portrait of London as seen from the top of Cromwell Tower, one of the three residential towers in the Barbican Estate. This film combines over 5,000 photographs taken from the top of the tower with especially composed music and poetry. The poem was written and performed by the artist Paul Haworth, who said: "whenever one looks at great cities from high up, it is a beautiful and threatening proposition. Watching this footage, I was fascinated by how wild London appeared. It feels like an entirely economic landscape and yet there is still so much romance in it. Up in the sky, you are always imagining what is going on down there.(03.48 minutes)

Long Live Southbank Film Series
Seminar Room 3
19.00 & 21.00

Long Live Southbank is the movement started by local skateboarders to represent its diverse creative community of skateboarders, BMXers, riders, artists and visitors, and preserve London's unique and world renowned Southbank Undercroft. The creative skate community of Southbank turned a dead space into a thriving visual hub, which has continued to grow and evolve for 40 years. This collection of films from LLSB and the Southbank skate spot community explore the importance of the space and the campaigns to save it. 

Animations of the Undercroft
by Steve Mitchell, 2004 (02.37 minutes)
Rollin Through The Decades by Winstan Whitter, 2005 (12.53 minutes)
40 Years Later by Henry Edwards-Wood, Southbank community and the evolution of skateboarding, 2013 (06.02 minutes)
The Bigger Picture by Henry Edwards-Wood and Paul Richards, LLSB campaign film, 2013 (15.51 minutes)
41 Years Later by Henry Edwards-Wood, LLSB celebration of Southbank and the future of skateboarding, 2014 (5.02 minutes)

Winstan Whitter
Seminar Room 3, Learning Centre
20.00 – 20.45

Filmmaker and skater Winstan Whitter talks about the beginnings of skateboarding, how it reached the UK, and the importance of London's Southbank skate spot - an iconic landmark.

Creative Campaigning Workshop
Art Studio , Learning Centre
19.00 & 20.30

Spoken word artist Zena Edwards shares her poem 'Long Live' and explores art and activism through creative campaigning. Join this interactive workshop to build your own social statement.

Civic Shop
Lunchroom, Learning Centre

The Civic Shop showcases the work of a new generation of civic activists and social designers - people trying to conserve the civic, inventors of new public spaces, new economies and champions of public good in everyday life. This evening it will tell the story of a collection of initiatives that are building a new civic future. Come and peruse their wares, and hear talks from Good Gym, Tampon Club, Restart and Civic Systems Lab.
19.30 - Tampon Club
20.00 - Civic Systems Lab
20.30 - Rework
21.00 - Good Gym

Curator’s Tour of All of This Belongs to You

What do a bollard, anti-homeless spikes and a Chinese school uniform tell us about public life? This tour will focus on the Civic Objects hidden in plain view around the museum’s permanent galleries.


From a giant latex column in the cast courts, to ‘reverse restitution’ in the Medieval and Renaissance gallery, this tour will take in the large-scale installations which form the exhibition All of This Belongs to You.

Please meet in the Grand Entrance outside of the exhibition entrance to What is Luxury?

Programme Cover Design

Souvenir programme wrap created by London-based design studio OK-RM.

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

All of This Belongs to You
1 April – 19 July 2015.

Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s
16 February 2015 – 24 May 2015
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
14 March – 2 August 2015.
In partnership with Swarovski
Supported by American Express
With thanks to MAC
Technology Partner Samsung

Coming Up

V&A presents Friday Late
Digital Public Space
Friday 29 May
This event explores the forces at play within the digital public space, and chart the new territories which are being formed. Join us as we investigate the nature of social interaction in the virtual realm, along with its interplay and effect on the real.  This forms part of the programme for All of This Belongs to You, an exhibition at the intersection of design, democracy and public life.

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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