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.


Collections of Collections

Friday 31 October 18.30 – 22.00

From art works to ice-cream wrappers, from vinyl records to blog posts and tweets, what do our personal collections say about us? Join us as we investigate and celebrate with an evening of curios, accumulation and curation. Discover our relationships with objects and delve into what we collect and why this activity has one-in-three in Europe and North America hooked.

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: Collection of Collections


ALL EVENING (18.30 – 22.00)

Internet Cat Video Festival

Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
19.00 & 20.30 (70 mins)
While normally viewed alone on a computer screen, come gather in the presence of others as your favorite collection of silly cat videos are shown in the Manfred and Gorvy Lecture Theatre.  Experience the joy of a surprised kitten or keyboard cat together. Participate in this experiment that tests the social boundaries of the online community with a live, off-line screening that will allow you to enjoy one of the internet’s most popular phenomena. The Internet Cat Video Festival is produced and curated by the Walker Art Center.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Hoarding (But Were Afraid to Ask)

National Art Library
How do people deal with the everyday clutter that builds up in their living space? How do we wrest meaning from the universe of things that surrounds us?  Join anthropologist Fabio Gygi as he discusses hoarding from its inception as `Diogenes syndrome` to its officially recognized status as obsessive-compulsive disorder and the forms it takes in different cultural settings. Hear about his fieldwork in Tokyo, where he helped people clean their houses as a form of participant observation and what he learnt from interviewing hoarders, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers.

Please note coats and bags are not permitted in the Library. Please leave these items in the cloakroom on the ground floor.

Museum of Imaginative Knowledge

Norfolk House Music Room
Dr James Lattin presents his Museum of Imaginative Knowledge, which specialises in objects and information not found in more authoritative museums. Discover artefacts such as the world's largest one pence piece collection, the history of a local lay-by and a pair of royal boxer shorts found at dilapidated county house, Judley Hall. Dr Lattin will be providing short tours at 19.30 and 20.30.

Adventures in Stationery

Seminar Room 3
Chewed Cristal Bics, bent paper clips, rubber bands for pinging and blunt pencils are integral parts of our everyday environment. But what stories do they tell us? James Ward, stationery collector and founder of the Boring Conference, will be reading from his recent book Adventures in Stationery, followed by a show-and-tell from his personal collection. Bring along your own stationery to join in the discussion!

Game Boy Selfies

Bottom of staircase L
Romi Nicole Schneider collects the forgotten selfies of the Game Boy Camera. Prefiguring the age of Instagram, this abandoned technology from the late 1990s holds hidden snaps taken years ago. View Romi’s found collections and make your own Game Boy selfie to take away with you.

Halloween Packaging Robert Opie

National Art Library
Robert Opie has been collecting packaging, promotional and advertising material since he kept a packet of Munchies from a vending machine in 1963. In 1975, the V&A exhibited his collection and he founded the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising in 1984. Join Robert as he discusses his collections and their resonance, with a distinctive Halloween twist.

Collections of Curators
Curators don’t just care for the collections of the museum, they also have their own. Meet V&A staff and take the opportunity to discuss with them their personal collections including Spice Girls memorabilia, Victorian Carte-de-Visites, Japanese Gothic Lolita dresses and more…

Selfiecity is an investigation into the style of self-portraits in five cities across the world. Starting with a collection of 656,000 images collated via Instagram from Bangkok, Berlin, Moscow, New York and Sao Paolo, the team analyzed and categorised 3200 selfies through demographics, media visualizations and theoretical essays. Discover the Selfiexploratory and experiment with the data they collected to see what the selfie reveals about different parts of the world.


Gallery 40, Fashion Gallery
Curator is an app designed for the creative process. Use an iPad to collect together visual cues from websites, notes and images, which can be easily arranged to create beautiful presentations. Have a go at being your own curator and meet the designers


Grand Entrance
Larry Achiampong and David Blandy will be sharing sounds from their connected audible heritage. Investigating what identity means in the post-colonial and post-mass media age by crate-digging through history, recycling a collection of already-sampled beats and reciting a collection of stolen rhymes. By forming Biters and referencing the image of a DJ and MC from a rap crew, the two artists acknowledge the debt their practices hold to hip-hop culture and its relationship with art and appropriation.                                     

Victoria & Amazon

Spotlight Space
Every minute, ‘Victoria & Amazon’ finds a random item from the V&A collection of design objects and then searches for its closest approximation. The result is an ever-changing diptych of an important design object from the history of the world alongside an everyday modern consumer item that may or may not be situated within the tradition of its canonized partner.

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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