V&A conferences and symposia feature leading international academics, writers and practitioners and discuss the theory and practice of contemporary and historical visual art, culture and design. They are held throughout the year and include a special student price. Details of the upcoming programme can be found below. Details of Study Days, Courses and Seminars can be found on the Courses and Study Days page.
Wed 16 September 2015 18:30–20:30
SYMPOSIUM: Enjoy an evening dedicated to Indian musical instruments as we launch an exciting new digital project. Listen to talks by experts about the rich traditions of classical Indian music concluding with a demonstration performances on rare instruments.
Fri 18 September 2015 10:30–17:15
SYMPOSIUM: This symposium brings together makers, designers, manufacturers, retailers, curators and academics to explore relationships in
the making and circulation of contemporary luxury.
Fri 25 September 2015 10:00–12:30
SEMINAR: Explore the career of Robin Day, one of the most significant designers of the 20th century. Renowned for his injection-moulded Polypropylene Chair and for his pared-down Festival of Britain aesthetic, Day’s seven-decade career encompassed graphics, exhibition, and interior design as well as furniture.Booking info
Fri 06 November 2015 10:00–17:30
CONFERENCE: The Fabric of India conference at the V&A will explore aspects of historic and contemporary Indian textiles and dress.Booking info
Fri 20 November 2015 10:00–17:15
SYMPOSIUM: This one day International symposium will explore shoes as cultural objects which reflect status, gender and politics.Booking info
Sat 05 December 2015 10:00–17:30
CONFERENCE: Marking the tercentenary of the close of Louis XIV’s reign this one-day conference will explore the tenets, impact and dissemination of the Louis XIV style in Britain and Europe.Booking info