Friday Late

The original contemporary late night event. Friday Late celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design in society, bringing audiences face-to-face with leading and emerging artists and designers through live performance, film, installation, debate, DJs and late-night exhibition openings.

Friday Late is FREE and drop in
Last Friday in every month (except December & September)

All events are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

26th August – Grow Your Own

26th August – Grow Your Own

Join us for this August Friday Late and explore how a new kind of growing is springing up across our capital. Faced with a continuing population boom and climate change, discover how citizens are leading the revolution in food production and helping to create a more edible city.


Adrian Ammo DJ set
Grand Entrance
18.30 – 21.45

Adrian Ammo will be spinning a mix of soulful house, disco and funk.

Farmerama Radio Live
Across the Museum Galleries

Farmerama Radio shares stories from the smaller scale farming movement in the UK and beyond. This evening they will be roaming the galleries and recording live soundbites from this evening’s participants.

London Seed Exchange
Medieval & Renaissance, Room 50b
19.15, 20.15 and 21.15

Referencing the early 17th century London Stock Exchange, Something and Son invite you to step into the world of selling, where seeds are your currency. Exchange with other visitors and help to keep crop variety in the hands of the people.

Herbal Resistance
Europe 1600 – 1815 Galleries, The Salon and Room 4
19.30 and 20.30

How can we forage for an alternative to pharmaceuticals? Growing in abundance within our cities, elderberry is known as the poor man’s pharmacy due to its anti-viral properties. Join herbalist Melissa Ronaldson and learn how these berries could be significant in our response to the anti-biotic resistance crisis.

Disco Soup
The Raphael Cartoons, Room 48a

Bring your dancing shoes and your chopping skills to this mass cook-up with anti-waste campaigners Feedback. Clean, chop and peel produce discarded by the mainstream food system. Eat to the beat when this delicious solution to food waste is served at 21.00.

Over Grow the System
Sculpture, Room 22
Rolling programme of talks every 15 mins

How can the act of growing stay radical when real estate developers are using community gardens as assets for new luxury apartments? By reclaiming space, hear how Londoners are fighting to keep local agriculture an integral part of urban life. Full timetable available in Room 22.

Speakers to include: @roundfield_ @CalthorpeProj @HECommunityFarm @OpenOrchardProj @Forestnet123 @spitz_cityfarm @Cultiv8London @organiclea @GardenBrockwell @urbangrowthlg @transheathrow @WEN_UK

Grown in Dagenham
20th Century, Room 74

Transforming a derelict nursery, Growing Communities’ Dagenham Farm is now one of London’s most productive urban farms, producing six tonnes of organic vegetables every year. Sample their DagenJAM and Tommy K Ketchup and see if you can really taste the difference when blindfolded.

Defiant Gardens
Sculpture 1300 -1600, Room 25

Facing an uncertain future, Syrian refugees in Jordan create gardens among their tented encampments. Against the odds, in soil unsuitable for agriculture, these improvised vegetable gardens offer unanticipated forms of sustenance over and above growing food. View photographs of these gardens by Henk Wildschut, and pick up an accompanying article by Kenneth Helphand.

Backyard Chickens
The John Madejski Garden

Swapping the backyard for the farmyard, a growing number of city dwellers are keeping chickens. Join the designers behind Eglu – a futuristic living pod ideal for urban chickens – as they talk about their belief that everyone should be able to experience the delight of dipping soldiers into their own home-grown eggs.

Honesty Stall
The John Madejski Garden

Abbey Gardens is a unique open-access harvest garden in east London. Unlike the traditional allotment system, no one has their own patch. Instead everyone is welcome to participate in communal growing and share the harvest. Stocked with plentiful produce from the garden, pick up fresh vegetables in return for donations at the honesty stall.

Meet the V&A Bees
Sculpture, Room 24
18.30 and 19.30
Sign up from 18.00
Please leave coats and bags in the cloakroom at the Grand Entrance. Participants must be wearing shirt collar, long sleeves/ trousers and closed-toe shoes.

Honeybees are thriving among the high-rise buildings of our cities, enjoying a more diverse diet than their rural counterparts. Hidden away on the roof, visit the V&A beehives and learn why we have welcomed this unique insect to take up home at the Museum. Spaces limited and tour includes stairs.

Beehives Webcam
Sculpture, Room 24

Watch the V&A beehives via our live webcam and learn how to B-Kind to your vegetable with conservation charity, BugLife.

Become a Food Futurist
Paintings, Room 87
19.00 – 20.00

Join food concept designer Chloé Rutzerveld to envisage the future of food. Tasked with an issue – from malnutrition, food waste or obesity rates – work together to propose new creative solutions. Learn how we can combine aspects of science, technology and nature to think up new ways to make our food more efficient, healthy and sustainable.

Is Urban Farming just for Hipsters?
The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
19.30 – 20.45

From community cooperatives to aquaponics, urban farming is increasing in popularity. Hailed as a solution to entrenched issues surrounding the current food system, can this method of growing really live up to expectation or is it just an innovation trend for hipsters? Chaired by Gina Lovett, join us for a lively discussion with speakers from Growing Underground, IKEA, Grow Heathrow and Growing Communities.

Farmerama Radio
Sculpture, Room 111

Curated into a monthly podcast, Farmerama Radio gets farmers to record and submit their stories straight from the field. Journeying over valley and vale, they encourage growers to share their views about innovative and experimental practices. Take a seat and listen to the latest episodes.

Physic Garden
Lunchroom, Learning Centre

London’s first physic garden opened in 1673. Still there today, it is an enchanting walled garden in Chelsea where the city’s apothecaries once tended exotic species from around the world. Using plants, spices and herbs, help build an urban physic garden in this interactive printmaking workshop.

Skill and Pains Bring Fruitful Gains
National Art Library
Please leave coats and bags in the cloakroom at the Grand Entrance.

From plant identification to picking the perfect crop, delve into the National Art Library’s collection of books chronicling home growing through the ages.

Sci-Fi to Supermarket
National Art Library
20.45 – 21.15
Please leave coats and bags in the cloakroom at the Grand Entrance.

Proposing self-cannibalism as an alternative to meat production or 3D printed snacks that you can harvest at home, the work of food designer Chloé Rutzerveld may seem close to science fiction. Join her as she discusses how the future of food design can offer an alternative to an industry which is more concerned with high-profit margins than the well-being of the consumer or the sustainability of our planet.

Home Hydroponics
Leighton, Room 107

How can food cultivation be reintroduced to those living in city apartments? In collaboration with agricultural scientists, IKEA have designed a hydroponic system that allows you to grow plants and vegetables at home, without soil or sunlight. See a display of their new products.

Visiting Friday Late

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.

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

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.

Drinks are available in the Grand Entrance throughout the evening and in the John Madejski Garden. Food and drinks will be served in the Café until 21.00.

Filming and photography will take place at this event.


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