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)

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)

Sugars, Protein and Salt

Daylit Gallery, Medieval & Renaissance
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. 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.

Evening Recitals

National Art Library
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 Jose da Silva, Hannah Newell and Sean Stoker all graduates from the Royal College of Art’s Critical Writing course, their work deals with the cultural history of genealogy, the state of the contemporary art world and the Elephant and Castle shopping centre.

A Cool Drink To Cheek (2014)

Room 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.

Charismatic Megafauna

Tapestry Gallery
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.

Printing with Scorsese and Others

Lunchroom, Learning Centre
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 Directors cut of a culinary masterpiece worthy of a Michelin star.

Objects not to be Photographed workshop

Lunchroom, Learning Centre
19.00 - 20.30
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.

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.

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.

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

Keep in Touch


Twitter - use #FridayLate to join the conversation

MasterCard is delighted to be partnering with Friday Late at the V&A, where each month we will be hosting the MasterCard Cocktail Bar exclusively for cardholders. There will be discounted drinks and other fantastic offers to redeem on the night when you use your MasterCard. If you haven’t already, you can sign up on and take advantage of all the latest London offers and special events. Come see us in gallery 116 accessed by the staircase beside the main entrance.

A gift in your will

You may not have thought of including a gift to a museum in your will, but the V&A is a charity and legacies form an important source of funding for our work. It is not just the great collectors and the wealthy who leave legacies to the V&A. Legacies of all sizes, large and small, make a real difference to what we can do and your support can help ensure that future generations enjoy the V&A as much as you have.


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