The V&A is committed to promoting and supporting art, design and architecture within the UK. The V&A's extensive UK touring programme stages exhibitions which combine world renown curatorial expertise with exceptional objects drawn predominantly from the V&A's own collections. Working with regional partners, the V&A prides itself on high quality, innovative exhibition presentations. They showcase a range of narratives and objects across diverse academic, cultural, art and design disciplines with wide audience appeal.
The V&A has one of the largest and most varied collections of fashion drawings in the world. From masters of the golden age of fashion illustration such as Georges Lepape and Erté to mid-20th century luminaries such as René Gruau and Francis Marshall, and more recent talents such as Julie Verhoeven, David Downton and Richard Gray, this exhibition examines the vital role of drawing in the creation of the fashion ‘image’ within a range of contexts. By also including design sketches by figures such as Norman Hartnell, Mary Quant and Zandra Rhodes, the exhibition looks at the full life cycle of the fashion visual alongside the re-emergence of drawing as a force to be reckoned with within the 21st-century landscape of fashion imagery.
Size: Approx 250-350 m2
Available: From 2016
Japanese Cloisonné: The Seven Treasures
The art of cloisonné enamelling was one of Japan’s most successful forms of manufacture and export in the late 19th century. The peak of artistic and technological sophistication was between 1880 and 1910, a period referred to as the ‘Golden Age’ of Japanese cloisonné enamels. The V&A collection illustrates the story of these exquisite objects from elegant inlaid metalwork of the late 17th century through the Golden Age and into the 20th century.
Size: Approx 25-5o m2. Showcasing will be required.
Available: from autumn 2014
The V&A is home to the Recording Britain collection, the result of a unique documentary project initiated at the start of the Second World War. More than 90 artists were commissioned to make inspiring pictures which would be ‘sympathetic records’ of vulnerable buildings, landscapes and lifestyles. This exhibition shows, for the first time, these images in context. The aims and achievements of the scheme will be examined in the light of comparable photographic projects, ranging from the architectural and landscape subjects recorded by Benjamin Brecknell Turner and Francis Frith in the 19th century to the work of the National Monuments Record in the 1940s.
Size: Approx 250-350 m2
Available: From 2015
Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s
This exhibition, a collaboration between the V&A and Black Cultural Archives (BCA), showcases a variety of photographic responses to black British experience from the 1950s to the 1990s. It includes intimate portrayals of African-Caribbean life in London in the 1960s-70s and records of political protest of the 1970s-80s. Music, style and fashion feature as well, ranging from depictions of 1970s black beauty pageants to photographs of 1990s street fashion alongside more conceptual explorations of race and identity. Drawn entirely from the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the exhibition aims to raise awareness of the contributions of black Britons to British culture and society, as well as to the art of photography. The photographs are complemented by excerpts from oral histories gathered from photographers and community members.
Size: Approx 300 m2
Available: From 2015
Vivien Leigh: Public Faces, Private Lives
This exhibition will focus on Vivien Leigh as an enduring icon of stage and screen, providing a glimpse into the person and private life of the UK’s first international film star. One of the most celebrated actors of the twentieth century, Leigh won two Academy Awards – for her roles in Gone with the Wind (1939) and A Streetcar named Desire (1951) – and enjoyed a distinguished stage career. Married to actor Laurence Olivier from 1940-1960, the couple co-starred in plays and films and were greeted on their various tours with the enthusiasm generally reserved for visiting royalty. Drawing on objects from the Vivien Leigh Archive, recently acquired by the V&A, this exhibition will reveal never-before-seen material, including letters, diaries, photographs, costume sketches and annotated scripts.
Size: Approx 200-300 m2
Available from 2015
A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution
This exhibition looks at a century of posters agitating for political change. From the ‘Votes for Women’ campaigns of the early twentieth century to the recent Occupy movements, political activists around the world have used posters to mobilise, educate and organise. The exhibition will present around seventy posters drawn from the V&A collection, including new acquisitions gathered from recent outbursts of protest in the UK, Russia and the Middle East. It will feature the work of diverse artists, graphic designers and print collectives.
Size: Approx 150-350 m2
Available: From 2014