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.

29 July – Engineering Your World

29 July – Engineering Your World

July’s Friday Late celebrates the creative force of engineering. Tonight we explode your idea of what an engineer does, and journey from bridges to electronics, music to code, from paper to concrete. From robotic fabrication to sound engineering, join us to discover how engineering influences the V&A, and everything around you.

Sean OD & Will Lister DJ set
Grand Entrance
18.30 – 21.00
Sean OD and Will Lister will be playing a mix of soulful house, disco, afrobeat and other worldly goodness for you to enjoy.

Teenage Engineering DJ set
Grand Entrance
21.00 – 21.45
With surreal animations that sync to the electronic music mix, the team behind Teenage Engineering use their OP-1 and Pocket Operators synths in this unique live set.

Engineering Self-Guided Tour
Grand Entrance
From Tipu's Tiger to Thomas Gainsborough’s showbox, explore the galleries and find our works of engineering from the V&A’s collection. Selected by Ciaran Malik.

Innovation in Glass with Tim MacFarlane
Starting at Grand Entrance Meeting Point
18.30, 19.30
Throughout its history the Museum has used the fabric of the building to showcase contemporary engineering design and construction craft. Glass plays a key role in illuminating the galleries but modern glass is also used structurally. From the curved glass roof, to the translucent structural onyx screens and display cabinets, explore how engineers have used glass to modernise the gallery spaces.

Engineering Enlightenment with Francesco Anselmo
Starting at Grand Entrance Meeting Point
Lighting engineers work with the invisible. Explore how natural light can be engineered to create emphasis, contrast and narrative in a gallery and why light needs to be controlled for certain exhibits.

Engineering Sculpture with Tim Lucas

Starting at Grand Entrance Meeting Point
Explore how the making of sculpture has evolved from the craftsman’s working of materials such as stone and steel to modern computerised techniques, 3D printing and robotics.

Building Bridges
Medieval & Renaissance, Room 50b
The Paul and Jill Ruddock Gallery
From the Golden Gate to Tower Bridge, engineers have built our most recognisable crossings. Using Gravity Sketch’s virtual reality tool, design your own bridge, drawing in 3D to create an entirely imagined space.

Back to the Stone Age
Raphael, Room 48a
Demonstrating that low energy innovation isn’t all about exploiting digital fabrication, Interrobang’s floating stone floor harnesses a traditional building material to create a radical alternative to contemporary construction. Watch the live fabrication of the self-supported structure and explore this mathematical anomaly.

Open Studio: Julian Melchiorri
V&A Shop
Visit our first engineer in residence in his studio to find out more about his ground-breaking research in the field of bio-engineering.

Live fabrication of the Elytra Filament Pavilion
The John Madejski Garden
Come and see the Kuka robot making a new component for the canopy of the Elytra Filament Pavilion and meet the engineers behind the installation. Elytra Data Mapping film courtesy of Transsolar, climate engineers for Elytra Filament Pavilion.

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance
The John Madejski Garden
18.30, 19.30, 20.30
Inspired by the data captured by the Elytra Filament Pavilion’s innovative sensors, dancers from Shobana Company reinterpret the movement mapping into an inspired new dance piece, whilst encouraging you to reflect on your own habits of movement.

Bare Conductive
The John Madejski Garden
Marvel at the way Electric Paint transforms surfaces into sensors through conducting electricity. Using this special paint and a Touch Board to create a code, Bare Conductive challenges you to decipher the puzzle and compete for goodies.

Engineers & Decorators
Sculpture, Room 22 The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries
Sign up from 18.30 in the gallery. Please leave coats and bags in the cloakroom at the Grand Entrance
A behind-the-scenes tour of the V&A’s architecture, accessing areas that are not normally open to the public. Christopher Marsden, Senior Archivist, will tell the strange tale of the Royal Engineers who built the museum and the decorators, artists and architects who helped them. Limited places. Tour includes stairs.

Technology Will Save Us
Sculpture, Room 25
The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that was given free to every Year 7 student in the UK. Explore the power of this little device to make, play and build. No coding skills necessary, just a sense of adventure!

The Circular Economy
Sculpture, Room 111
The Gilbert Bays Gallery
Good design should not waste resources. The Engineering Club invites you to join The Circular Economy, where resources are maximised and waste is repurposed. Sample smoothies from discarded fruit, before your cup is shredded and transformed into a 3D print. Find out how and why engineers are proposing new solutions towards a zero waste economy. With thanks to Lottie MacCarthy, Richard Boyd, Re-Juice, London FabLab, Noztek, Arup, Sophie Thomas, Better Future Factory, Colin Rose from University College London.

CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap
The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
19.30 – 20.45
Challenging complacency in the tech industry, CODE documentary exposes the lack of female and minority software engineers and explores how cultural stereotypes, educational hurdles and sexism have created a digital divide.

Women Who Code
Paintings, Room 82
The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries
18.30, 19.30, 20.30
Computer engineering is one of the fastest growing job sectors in the world economy, yet women occupy less than 15% of the industry. Bridging the gender gap, Women Who Code deliver an introductory workshop into coding, aimed at opening the door to a world of natural language processing to anyone who is interested.

Building Blocks
Leighton, Room 107
Scale models were used to design the great masonry structures of the past, while more modern buildings are made using column and beam frames. Explore the key components of structural engineering and build your own futuristic designs. With thanks to Ciaran Malik.

Pocket Operator
Lunchroom, Learning Centre
18.30, 20.00, 20.45
Having played around with the home computers and Japanese synthesizers in the 80s, Stockholm-based electronic engineers Teenage Engineering have redesigned music-making with a series of highly adaptable synths. Channel your inner Gary Numan and make your own music on these calculator-sized Pocket Operators.

Teenage Engineering
Lunchroom, Learning Centre
Teenage Engineering are a band of sound-loving, self-taught engineers with a mission to develop products with superior quality, functional design and top-class engineering. Join the team behind this unique company to learn about their approach to design.

New Pompidou
Tapestries, Room 94
Known as the 'inside-out' building, with its external steel frame, colour-coded service pipes and giant run of escalators, the Pompidou Centre is a modern icon. In this film, artist Simon Fujiwara celebrates a single key element of the building’s structure: the Gerberette beam. A 1:1 model of the famous component hangs at the entrance to the Porter Gallery.

Art of Engineering
National Art Library
Please leave coats and bags in the cloakroom at the Grand Entrance
Over the last 20 years, structural engineers Atelier One have collaborated with artists including Rachel Whiteread, Anish Kapoor and Marc Quinn. Join director Aran Chadwick as he shares some of the secrets behind these remarkable artworks.

Engineering Three Dimensions in Paper
National Art Library
Please leave coats and bags in the cloakroom at the Grand Entrance
Explore this small display of the National Art Library’s collection of three dimensional and pop-up books. From Cinderella to Andy Warhol, the Coronation to the Millennium Dome – this fantastical array of 3D books demonstrates that even objects in miniature require structural engineering!


Programme cover design by Stephanie Franziska Scholz

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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