Open daily 10.00 to 17.45 Admission free Menu

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 & September) 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. 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.

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

Filming and photography will take place at this event. 


Friday Late: Made in India

Inspired by The Fabric of India exhibition, November’s Friday Late celebrates India’s visual and material culture. Expect underground music; digitally-designed, Indian-inspired textiles; and the mix of past and future in contemporary making in India.

Panjab Hit Squad
Grand Entrance

As pioneers of the now world-famous Desi Beats, Panjab Hit Squad have been at the forefront of the Asian music scene since their formation in 2001.  Expect their signature sound: a fusion of urban music and eastern beats that has been instrumental in the uptake of Asian music across the UK.

Fuzzy Logic: the Future of Traffic is Music
Medieval & Renaissance, The Paul and Jill Ruddock Gallery, Room 50b

Traffic is one of the craziest yet most iconic experiences of India. Through this fantastical project, designer Marta Santambrogio proposes to transform it into an orchestrated musical experience, using currently available technologies to enable each tuktuk driver to become a traffic-musician. Come and witness the craziness for yourself. Marta Santambrogio will give a short presentation about the project at 19.00, 20.00 & 21.00.

Raphael, Room 48a

19.00 - Materials & Making: Eri
20.00 - Local and Global: Mysore
21.00 - In the Modern World: Spinning Wheels Chakra
Embedded deep within the fabric of India’s culture lies the mysticism and spirituality of yoga. Impacted by colonisation, industrialisation and immigration, yoga, like India itself, has been appropriated and transformed. The roots of yoga can be traced to the Indus Valley civilisation. This evening founder of Yogasphere Leo Lourdes leads three yoga classes, each representing a different era of India’s manufacturing past. Classes are open to all levels, wear comfortable clothing.

My Genes were made in India
Bottom of staircase L, Room 25

Inspired by the artist Sba Shaikh's Indian parentage, this installation consists of three structures of differing heights that represent her paternal grandparents, and herself. It includes a printed textile depicting the human gene structure and UV lights as a reference to Shaikh’s maternal grandfather, who was a doctor in India.

Make a Fabric of India Bag at the Fabric Festival Factory!
Lunchroom, Learning Centre (access via staircase ‘L’)

18.30, 19.00, 19.30, 20.00, 20.30 & 21.00
Cut, collage, heat press and embellish your own Fabric of India bag as part of this DIY Digital Textiles workshop. The People’s Print team will help you to use the latest sublimation printing technology to create a bag with Indian-inspired colours and motifs, turning the Lunchroom into a festive fabric factory!

Stitches from India
Lunchroom, Learning Centre (access via staircase ‘L’)

18.30, 19.40 & 20.50
Stitch the intricate patterns of elephants, camels, birds and paisley designs seen in the Fabric of India exhibition. This workshop will be led by East London Textile Arts, an independent organisation set up by local people of different faiths and ethnicities to make textiles that reflect the cultural diversity of East London. Beginners to experienced embroiderers are all welcome.

Balti: Unmeasured Measurements
Leighton, Room 107 (access via staircase ‘L’)

This film documents the daily process of communal cooking and egalitarian eating in the Langar kitchen of Pollokshields Sikh Temple in Glasgow. The cooks’ methods of preparing food in mass quantities is an unwritten skill possessed by just a handful of members of the community. Artist Jasleen Kaur recorded their recipes by working alongside them, creating a series of measuring tools for cooking en masse. Check out Jasleen’s Tala Curry Measure, a product which inspired her film Balti (available in the V&A Shop). Filmed by Rachel Louise Brown and titles by Christina Foreman.

Indian Block Printing Workshop
Reception, Learning Centre (access via staircase ‘L’)

India has been renowned for its block printed cotton cloth since the 12th century, with the creative processes associated with becoming hugely popular as the fabric received royal patronage. Learn more about the history, and create your own block printed fabrics using traditional Indian blocks with textile artist Sba Shaikh. This is a drop-in workshop.

Indian Floral Design and Silk Painting Workshop
Art Studio, Learning Centre (access via staircase ‘L’)

18.30, 19.10, 19.50, 20.30 & 21.10
Explore the rich and diverse motifs of Indian floral patterns. Take inspiration from traditional Indian textiles and create your own unique floral design, which you can then paint on silk provided.

Tana Bana (77 mins)
The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Tana Bana is a weaving term meaning ‘the warp and the weft’, it also refers to the daily synergy of Hindu and Muslim communities. This intimate documentary takes you on a journey through a day in the life of a Muslim silk-weaving community in the ancient Hindu city Varanasi. See the lives of the women and children change completely as the community deals with forces that are destroying their ancient city.
Directed by Pat Murphy and produced by Pat Murphy & Rachel Lysaght.

Make In India: Textile and Garment Making in India and Abroad - Challenges and Opportunities
Seminar Room 3, Learning Centre

With the highly publicised launch of his Make in India campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government promises a new age of manufacturing in India. India’s textile and garment sector has long been associated with sweatshop labour. On the eve of a boom in production, what have we learned over the past decades of anti-sweatshop and ethical fashion campaigning, and what does the future of fashion look like?

Programme Cover Design

Souvenir programme wrap created by illustrator Priya Sundram.

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

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain
Until 31 January 2016
Sponsored by Clarks
Supported by Agent Provocateur; with additional thanks to The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers

The Fabric of India
Until Sun 10 January 2016
Supported by Goodearth
With additional thanks to Experion and NIRAV MODI
Part of the V&A India Festival

Coming Up

V&A presents Friday Late
Spoon, Knife, Fork
Friday 29th January

It’s not what you eat, it’s how you eat. Come dine with us at January’s Friday Late and sink your teeth into the politics of how we sit, consume and share. Find out about mobile vehicles that create a space for consumption, the history of cutlery that has an impact on our everyday lives and how sound can be a stimulant.

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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.

Also on tonight

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain
Until 31 January 2016
Sponsored by Clarks
Supported by Agent Provocateur;
with additional thanks to The Worshipful Society of Cordwainers

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