Street Photography in Gallery 100

Mark Cohen, 'Belly Button Cartwheel', 1975

A few weeks ago, Gallery 100 bade farewell to the Julia Margaret Cameron exhibition and reverted back to its usual role: a permanent photographs gallery, displaying works that narrate a history of photography. Since 2015, this broad brief has been tackled thematically, with the focus now on ‘the body’. The display opened on March 11th […]

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New Open Call: Residency for early career UK-based ceramic artists

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We have just issued an open call for early-career UK-based studio ceramicists (around 2-5 years since MA, or 5-10 years since BA). The residency will be based in a purpose-built studio in the Ceramics galleries at the V&A South Kensington and will take place over a six-month period from October 2016 to March 2017. The […]

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The new V&A website

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We relaunch vam.ac.uk today and we know – and hope – that there’ll be lots of questions about the new website. In the meantime, we wanted to give you an overview of what we’ve done and why. Why have we overhauled the website? It was time to rethink the V&A’s digital presence. Our website was […]

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Joubert: Anna Maria Garthwaite, and Women Working in Silk Design

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One of the most unusual, and refreshing aspects that I have found whilst reading Le Dessinateur are Joubert’s opinions on women being involved in the process of silk design, which he discusses in the introduction to the manual.  Working on the project has given me the opportunity to expand on my own research interests, which is why I found […]

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East London in pictures: Arthur Villiers’ gift from the Gardner Collection

View of Hackney, engraving by an unknown artist for Walter Harrison’s ‘History of London’, 1775. Museum no. E.4552-1923. ©Victoria and Albert Museum

With the announcement that a new V&A site is planned for the Olympic Park in Stratford, it seems timely that I have just finished cataloguing a set of more than 400 prints and drawings relating to East London. My earlier post about a balloon flight from the Mermaid Tavern in Hackney gave a little taster of the fascinating objects I have been working […]

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The Complex World of Small Things: Part Two

Microscope detail of Anne of Cleves by Hans Holbein the Younger, museum no: P.153:1,2-1910

Tools of the Trade Here is a photograph of the tools I have brought with me for my month at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: From its contents you may think that my profession leaned more towards that of the dental or woodworking industry than conservation but these really are some of the tools that […]

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Sensing Time: The Art & Science of Clocks and Watches

Clock, silver and silver-gilt, The Hague, ca. 1665-1670. 
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Join us on Saturday 18 June in the Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre at the V&A for ‘Sensing Time: The Art & Science of Clocks and Watches.’ This interdisciplinary study day, co-convened by the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection and the Science Museum will bring together expertise from curators, conservators, and makers. To help whet your […]

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Visitor Experience at the V&A Open Studios

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Good Friday. It’s 06.27 PM. A large security guard stands in front of me. He switches on a tiny torch to do the bag search at the main entrance of the museum. I look at him restlessly; I don’t want to be late. We swap smiles and with a welcoming reception I walk in straight […]

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William Kineton Parkes and sculptors of the twenties

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Photograph of a sculpture  titled 'Susannah'

We are always keen to discover links between objects, so we were delighted recently to find that a collection of photographs we hold connect directly to archival records in the Archive of Art and Design. The link between these involves one man, the art historian, novelist, and librarian, William Kineton Parkes (1865-1938). Kineton Parkes was particularly […]

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Learning the Value of Comics: A Lesson in Criminality

In the last episode, I encountered unexpected chicanery and duplicity when it came to adding to my collection. During my childhood, comics took me out of the world. In adulthood, they pushed back me into the world. Collecting comics also made me see money in a different light. When I ran short on unread comics […]

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