Victoria and Albert Museum

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The V&A's evening events programme features talks, discussions and interviews with leading figures in the worlds of fashion, architecture, performance, and design. Speakers have included Bryan Ferry, Renzo Piano, Stephen Fry, Tom Ford, Judi Dench, and Zaha Hadid. Events take place on Friday evenings when the museum and cafe remain open until late, or on weekday evenings after 6. Why not come along for an evening of stimulation, enjoyment and debate.

Design Culture Salon 10: How is the urban cyclist designed?
Design Culture Salon 10: How is the urban cyclist designed?

Fri 10 October 2014 18:30

EVENING EVENT: The way a society moves reveals much about the nature of its citizenship and what they deem to be important. Yet, not all forms of mobility or mobile bodies are equal.

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Vogue: The Gown (Non-Members)
Vogue: The Gown (Non-Members)

Fri 10 October 2014 19:00

EVENING EVENT: Join Vogue’s Features Director, Jo Ellison, as she explores a collection of gowns from classical to modern.

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ANOUSKA HEMPEL
ANOUSKA HEMPEL

Tue 14 October 2014 18:30

EVENING EVENT: Anouska Hempel's vision and creative flair have resulted in designs that are flamboyant, sophisticated and completely unique.

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Alastair Sooke - The Genius of Constable
Alastair Sooke - The Genius of Constable

Fri 17 October 2014 18:30

EVENING TALK: Alastair Sooke is Art Critic for the Daily Telegraph, reporter on The Culture Show and has presented a wide range of arts programmes including the BBC’s Modern
Masters and Treasures of Ancient Rome.

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V&A Connects: The Slow Journalism Company Speaking truth to power?
V&A Connects: The Slow Journalism Company Speaking truth to power?

Fri 17 October 2014 18:30

EVENING EVENT: We trace the story of the first 500 years of the news media from Gutenberg to Zuckerberg, and see how the press has stood up - and at times cowed down - to the powers that be.

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Richard Coles
Richard Coles

Tue 21 October 2014 18:30

EVENING TALK: The Reverend Richard Coles is a broadcaster, writer and Church of England priest, but he is probably as well-known for having been part of the 1980s band, The Communards. He talks about church life in a secular world and his fascinating and varied career.

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Debbie Moore: Reflections on Pineapple (non-Members)
Debbie Moore: Reflections on Pineapple (non-Members)

Wed 22 October 2014 19:00

EVENING TALK: Debbie Moore OBE, in conversation, will take you on her journey from international model to the first woman to list her company on the London Stock Exchange.

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Richard T Gibson: A Who's Who in the World of Protest and Revolution
Richard T Gibson: A Who's Who in the World of Protest and Revolution

Fri 24 October 2014 19:00

EVENING EVENT: Meet Richard T. Gibson, African American expatriate journalist and author who will be in conversation with historian S. I. Martin.

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Brian May, Denis Pellerin, Paula Fleming - Diableries
Brian May, Denis Pellerin, Paula Fleming - Diableries

Tue 28 October 2014 18:30

EVENING EVENT: Musician Brian May joins historians Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming to discuss the late 19th-century sensation, Diableries.

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Felicity Green - The Swinging Sixties
Felicity Green - The Swinging Sixties

Tue 04 November 2014 18:30

EVENING EVENT: Award winning journalist Felicity Green joined the Daily Mirror in 1961 and was the first woman to join the main board of a national newspaper. Her pages combined fashion with fun, featured famous designers, photographers, film stars and models. She discusses the stars and stories of the 60s with Eve Pollard.

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The Annual Benjamin Zucker Lecture:  Humayun's Tomb in Delhi presented by Dr. George Michell
The Annual Benjamin Zucker Lecture: Humayun's Tomb in Delhi presented by Dr. George Michell
Free entry

Thu 06 November 2014 19:00

EVENING EVENT: Humayun's Tomb in Delhi: Supremacy and Synthesis in the First Great Mughal Monument

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Another Man: Alister Mackie and Jefferson Hack, Ben Cobb and Tim Blanks
Another Man: Alister Mackie and Jefferson Hack, Ben Cobb and Tim Blanks

Fri 07 November 2014 18:30

EVENING TALK: Co-founder of the magazine Dazed & Confused, Jefferson Hack discusses the world of men’s style with creative director Alister Mackie, Ben Cobb and Tim Blanks.

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Uncertain States: #Nofilter
Uncertain States: #Nofilter
Free entry

Fri 07 November 2014 19:00

EVENING EVENT: Uncertain States presents a panel of photographers, writer and curator to discuss photography as a tool to reflect longingly and critically on one’s past.

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Design Culture Salon 11: How do Fashion cycles and design culture interact?
Design Culture Salon 11: How do Fashion cycles and design culture interact?

Fri 14 November 2014 18:30

EVENING EVENT: Fashion dominates how design is understood and consumed, particularly through the media. At the same time, the ‘trend’ orientated fashion system appears to be oppositional to those seeking to pave alternative systems and cultures of consuming design.

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Mary McCartney: Photographer - Non Members
Mary McCartney: Photographer - Non Members

Fri 14 November 2014 19:00

EVENING TALK: Photographer Mary McCartney’s work has focused on discovering those rare moments of unguarded, emotionally-charged intimacy that offer us a new insight into her subjects.

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Michael Palin - Travelling to Work
Michael Palin - Travelling to Work

Tue 18 November 2014 18:30

EVENING TALK: Join Michael Palin as he talks about the third volume of his diaries, Travelling to Work.

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Sam West and Nigel West: The Art of Deception
Sam West and Nigel West: The Art of Deception

Fri 21 November 2014 18:30

EVENING TALK: The award-winning actor Sam West and the spy writer Nigel West discuss the similarities and differences between acting and spying – the mutual arts of deception – with the director Giles Ramsay.

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#Expressyourself
#Expressyourself
Free entry

Fri 21 November 2014 18:30

EVENING EVENT: Explore art and performance as tools for cultural exchange, identity and self-expression.

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Lord Snowdon
Lord Snowdon

Tue 25 November 2014 18:30

EVENING TALK: Lord Snowdon is one of the defining photographers of our time. Renowned for his iconic portraits of royals, celebrities and cultural icons, his subjects also included people
from all walks of life around the world.

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Dressing Vivien Leigh - Keith Lodwick
Dressing Vivien Leigh - Keith Lodwick

Fri 05 December 2014 18:30

EVENING TALK : Vivien Leigh was not just one of the most beautiful actresses of her day, she also took a keen interest in the way she was dressed for her films.

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V&A Connects: The Slow Journalism Company What did disobedience ever do for us?
V&A Connects: The Slow Journalism Company What did disobedience ever do for us?

Fri 05 December 2014 18:30

EVENING EVENT: Our journalists take an in-depth look at the history of four movements - the Arab Spring, Wikileaks, Anonymous and Occupy - which challenged the established order over the last five years.

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John Pilger: In Conversation
John Pilger: In Conversation

Tue 09 December 2014 18:30

EVENING TALK: The work of the award-winning, campaigning journalist, author and documentary film-maker, John Pilger has been described by Noam Chomsky as “a beacon of light in often dark times... his courage and insight a constant inspiration."

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Effie Gray - Screening
Effie Gray - Screening

Fri 12 December 2014 18:30

EVENING EVENT: Enjoy a special screening of Effie Gray, a new screenplay by Emma Thompson. Set in Victorian England and starring Dakota Fanning, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane and
Derek Jacobi, the film portrays the impossible marriage of John Ruskin to his young bride Effie Gray, that ended in Effie’s elopement with the artist, John Everett Millais.

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Design Culture Salon 12: Is innovation overrated and what is the role of design here?
Design Culture Salon 12: Is innovation overrated and what is the role of design here?

Fri 12 December 2014 18:30

EVENING EVENT: Government think-tanks, policy wonks, business gurus, management book publishers and lots and lots of design commentators stress a need for innovation in order to ‘compete globally in these turbulent times’.

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Martha Fiennes: Nativity
Martha Fiennes: Nativity

Fri 19 December 2014 18:30

EVENING EVENT: Join award-winning directors and visual artists Martha Fiennes and Peter Muggleston as they talk about the launch of the world’s first digital painting – SLOimage Nativity.

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Design Culture Salon 13: How does age influence cultures of Design?
Design Culture Salon 13: How does age influence cultures of Design?

Fri 09 January 2015 18:30

EVENING EVENT: Creativity; intuition; innovation; experimentation: these words commonly punctuate design narratives in practice, research and in the media. They are also all, interestingly, most associated with youth culture.

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V&A Connects: The Slow Journalism Company 2014: After the dust settled
V&A Connects: The Slow Journalism Company 2014: After the dust settled

Fri 06 February 2015 18:30

EVENING EVENT: So, how useful are the dynamics of fashion as a method of examining and understanding the role of design in contemporary culture? How can we compare the cycles of fashion and furniture design, for example?

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Design Culture Salon 14: How dependent is the design profession on cultures of migration?
Design Culture Salon 14: How dependent is the design profession on cultures of migration?

Fri 20 February 2015 18:30

EVENING EVENT: Immigration has been a bargaining point between the political parties in the run up to the 2015 election and can be seen to particularly divide attitudes to working cultures in the UK. Economic experts point to the vital and invigorating role immigration plays in our national economy.

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Design Culture Salon 15: How does design address immobility in our society?
Design Culture Salon 15: How does design address immobility in our society?

Fri 13 March 2015 18:30

EVENING EVENT: While Design Culture Salon 10 looked at the concept of movement in urban culture, this salon focuses on spaces of immobility to reveal some of the inconsistencies and resistances in contemporary design culture.

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Design Culture Salon 16: What does design do for citizenship in the age of the consumer?
Design Culture Salon 16: What does design do for citizenship in the age of the consumer?

Fri 10 April 2015 18:30

EVENING EVENT: Notions of the consumer and the citizen have become curiously entangled in recent years. In many cases, design has been the culprit in delivering this entanglement.

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Event - V&A Connects: The Slow Journalism Company What did disobedience ever do for us?

Fri 05 December 2014 18:30

EVENING EVENT: Our journalists take an in-depth look at the history of four movements - the Arab Spring, Wikileaks, Anonymous and Occupy - which challenged the established order over the last five years.

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