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.

Please check back for the full programme – coming soon.

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)

What brings these objects together?

Spotlight Space, Grand Entrance
Reacting to the 2011 Tottenham riots, Marijam Did brings together seven otherwise unremarkable objects. The answer to her question may surprise you, and cause many to rethink the state of law and punishment today.

Dissident Island Radio

Grand Entrance
A radical radio collective and group of trouble makers that like bass music, freedom and dogs in hats, Dissident Island produce an anarchist radio show focusing on environmental and social campaigns. They also build sound systems for protests and parties, and will bring one along for the night.

Are cities made in the image of our collective desires?

John Madejski Garden
The Haircut Before The Party’s (THBTP) latest public salon offers UV tanning and a host of other treatments. Slip on some flip flops, relax to ambient sounds and share your thoughts. The salon opens with collective pampering and provocations from three invited speakers. THBTP is produced by Artsadmin.

Power of the Pen - Write in Solidarity to Kenny Zulu Whitmore

Seminar Room 1, Learning Centre
Kenny Zulu Whitmore’s pendants are featured in Disobedient Objects. He joined the Black Panthers while in Louisiana State Penitentiary and as a result has been in punitive solitary confinement for 35 years. Join this letter-writing workshop and make contact with Zulu. Each letter keeps his revolutionary spirit alive and helps his campaign for freedom.

Power of Upcycling

Art Studio, Learning Centre
This workshop is all about turning junk into art with a large pinch of wit and a firm hand on the anarchic hot sauce. Pick a papier-mâché swallow made from the pulped remains of the daily news, decide on a slogan and create a headline from old newspapers. Find your voice and make it public.

The Artist Taxi Driver

Room 111: The Gilbert Bayes Sculpture Gallery (overlooking the Cast Courts)
Films will be shown throughout the evening Mark McGowan will be speaking at 20.30
By profession Mark Mc Gowan is a London taxi driver. In between rides Mc Gowan films himself talking about current affairs which he uploads daily to YouTube as a feed of politically-edged performance protest. Come and hear his views on how to agitate and influence people.

Book Bloc Build

Lunchroom, Learning Centre (access via staircase L)
Join art activists Polyp and Schlunke in the pop-up Agitprops workshop and help construct a barrier of literary shields, arming yourself with political and creative knowledge.

Blow Up the Carbon Market workshop with Tools for Action

Lunchroom, Learning Centre (access via staircase L)
Inflatables like the giant cobblestone displayed in Disobedient Objects are easy to make if you know how. Join Tools for Action to collectively make a giant ‘carbon bubble’ symbolising the problems of carbon emissions trading, the now established market-led solution to escape climate change. At 21.00 the cobblestones will be taken to the John Madejski Garden and inflated.

The Treatment Rooms present a series of ‘Power of’… workshops
Power of Design - Free Zulu!

Reception area, Learning Centre
Choose from a range of radical poster templates including those addressing political prisoners, women’s rights, the Black Panthers, solidarity movements and Kenny Zulu Whitmore and design your own version. Each poster will come with a hashtag address to serve as an online pool for conversation and sharing.

FROM 18:30

Reel News

Seminar Room 3, Learning Centre (access via staircase L)
Films will be shown throughout the evening with discussions from 20.15–21. 30
For the past 15 years, Reel News has been making videos to help publicise the struggle to build a better world against the global neoliberal system. They have compiled a film programme showing objects from the exhibition in action. Watch the films and take part in a discussion with Gavin Grindon, co-curator of Disobedient Objects, and the activists featured in the screening.

Reel News (R.N)/Luke Allen - G20 London protests (2009)
Sindicate Films - Barcelona: Resistance to eviction (2014)
R.N - Community Organising in Greece (2012)
R.N - 3 Cosas: Victory! (2014)

19:30 – 20:15
R.N - Brixton Ritzy strike (2014)
R.N - Gaza: Cabinet Office Occupied (2014)
R.N - Somonte: Land and Freedom (2013)
Guy Smallman - Street Angels
R.N - Argentina in Revolt (2002)
Grupo Alavio - Tube workers fight for a 6 hour day (2005)
The Treatment Rooms - South Action Mosaic (2014)
R.N - Blacklisting Day of Action (2014)

R.N - Fracking: Reclaim The Power (2013)

How to make a balaclava

Fashion, Gallery 40
18.30 & 20.30
Balaclavas are often used to conceal identity, as well as for warmth and protection, and have long been a favourite with those committing illicit activities. Learn how to make your own balaclava with the Association of Community Awareness on Balaclavas.

You are arrested: what’s next?

Fashion, Gallery 40
18.30 & 20.15
Being arrested is now almost synonymous with any type of protest, both for direct action or just an simple A to B march. Anyone arrested HAS to know their rights and the resources available to deal with bail conditions and charges. Come and find out what yours are with NetPol and other protest law experts.

How to make a Disobedient Arpillera Doll workshop

Poynter Room, Café
18.30 & 20.00
Arpilleras are a textile appliqué technique with a long history of subversive resistance. Join Disobedient Objects contributor and independent curator Roberta Bacic, and learn more about the history of arpilleras through a workshop on how to make your own arpillera doll. Bring scraps of material with you of personal significance to incorporate into your doll. This workshop has limited spaces, please sign up on the evening to participate. No sewing skills are required.

Guerrilla Girls

Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre (access via staircase L)
The Guerrilla Girls are an anonymous group of gorilla mask-wearing feminist artists devoted to exposing sexism, racism and corruption in art, film, politics and pop culture. They deliver facts with poignant humour, twisting serious issues around in outrageous, irreverent ways. Come and hear what they have to say, including a few facts about women and the V&A. The Guerrilla Girls will be available for a Q&A with members of the public following their presentation. Tickets are available from the bottom of staircase ‘L’ and will be released 30 minutes prior to the talk. Tickets are allocated on a first come first served basis.

How to use squatting as your housing solution

Fashion, Gallery 40
19.15 & 21.00
This lecture will touch on the long-established practice of squatting, including a brief history, its benefits, myths surrounding it and practical advice on how to start squatting with the necessary support resources at hand. Presented by Advisory Service for Squatters and Squatters’ Legal Network.


Raphael Room
19.45 & 20.45
Join alternative all girl choir Gaggle for a melodic a cappella journey through songs about love, war, and more. Award winning critically acclaimed all girl performance group. NME's Top 50 innovators in music, Gaggle reworked the forgotten WI opera The Brilliant & the Dark taking it back to the Royal Albert Hall and recording a live LP at the ICA. They took their own version of Lysistrata to the Queen Elizabeth Hall for this years WOW and have produced pop up shops, immersive shows and mobile apps.

Small Acts of Resistance

National Art Library (access via staircase L)
Big changes often start with acts that seem redundant at the time.  International advocacy director at Amnesty International, Steve Crawshaw, is co-author of Small Acts of Resistance. He pays tribute to those who have been standing up to say ‘no’. Crawshaw will tell the stories of the groups and individuals who conceived and carried out these acts of resistance. Conversation to follow with Steve Crawshaw and co-curator of Disobedient Objects Catherine Flood. Crawshaw will be doing a book signing of Small Acts of Resistance, following the talk at the bottom of staircase ‘L’.
Please note coats and bags are not permitted in the Library. Please leave these items in the cloakroom.

Power of Speech - Pussies out for the Panthers and other Tales of Extreme Craftivism

Seminar Room 1, Learning Centre
Renegade potter, craftivist and all-round troublemaker Carrie Reichardt will talk about her personal experience of creative protest. Come and hear about her connections to some of the pieces displayed in the Disobedient Objects exhibition, in particular the Tiki Love Truck which she dedicated to the memory of John Joe ‘Ash’ Amador, an inmate on death row.

The Quiet Disobedience Tour

Disobedient Objects exhibition
The act of disobeying together means more than just showing forceful power in the streets. Disobedience can in fact be put into practice through a wide range of levels and actions. Join Steffi Duarte, research assistant for Disobedient Objects, on a tour of the exhibition to discover pieces you might not have noticed before. From badges to handkerchiefs, these disobedient objects question popular conceptions of public protest, revealing their own dynamic and hidden histories.


Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre (access via staircase L)
Filastine uses percussion to fire off sounds and synchronizes video from electronics wired to an amplified shopping cart. Filastine founded the marching band The Infernal Noise Brigade, which played at the Battle of Seattle, and continues to use sound for political intervention with the Bike Bloc, a hacked bicycle featured in Disobedient Objects. Come and hear him make some noise.

Programme Cover Design

Souvenir programme wrap designed by Manchester based graphic designers Minute Works.

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.

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.


Behind the Scenes at Friday Late 'Sound It Out'

Friday Late ‘Sound It Out’: Boiler Room Reflections

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