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Conferences and symposia

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.

Musical Wonders of India Symposium
Musical Wonders of India Symposium

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.

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Relationships of Luxury: Exclusive Access
Relationships of Luxury: Exclusive Access

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.

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Celebrating Robin Day
Celebrating Robin Day

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.

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The Fabric of India Conference
The Fabric of India Conference

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.

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Shoes: Culture and Innovation
Shoes: Culture and Innovation

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.

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Lambrequins and Luxury: Ornament in the time of Louis XIV and beyond
Lambrequins and Luxury: Ornament in the time of Louis XIV and beyond

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.

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Julia Margaret Cameron at 200
Julia Margaret Cameron at 200

Fri 15 January 2016 10:00–17:15

CONFERENCE: This one-day conference will present new research on the pioneering photographer Julia Margaret Cameron's social, religious, colonial and artistic contexts.

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Carvings, Casts and Collectors: The Art of Renaissance Sculpture (Hardback)||RHFPR

Carvings, Casts and Collectors: The Art of Renaissance Sculpture (Hardback)||RHFPR

This volume brings together new research by some of the world's leading experts, exploring the artistic production and cultural context of Renaissance…

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The Museum of Savage Beauty

The Museum of Savage Beauty interactive web feature explores the hidden stories and craftsmanship behind some of the most remarkable objects made by Alexander McQueen and his creative collaborators. Here the designer's iconic pieces are placed alongside historical objects from the V&A’s collections, which represent some of the many design traditions that inspired him.

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Event - Relationships of Luxury: Exclusive Access

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.

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