What's On Friday 23 September 2011

 Exhibitions

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    Free entry

    EXHIBITION: Power of Making celebrates the role of making in our lives by presenting an eclectic selection of over 100 exquisitely crafted objects. The exhibition is a cabinet of curiosities showing works by both amateurs and leading makers from around the world, presenting a range of skills with imaginative and spectacular results.

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 Special Events

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    SPECIAL EVENT: This popular series of breakfast talks offers insights from leaders in the field of art and design, and explores a wide range of design styles and sources of inspiration. Established design stars, emerging talent, clients and influencers will debate hot topics with an expert compere and host. Your ticket includes tea or coffee and pastries.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: The V&A is the Festival Hub for the ninth annual London Design Festival. Enjoy installations and events throughout the Museum and go to the Sackler Centre for inspiration and more information about the city-wide Festival.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: How should design be represented online? Whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned digital native, drop into the daily Digital Hub to join a community of design bloggers, digital inclusion designers and design writing students. Share your thoughts about the Festival online on our own Digital Hub blog, or via your own online networks. There will also be discussions and interactive exhibits. Part of the London Design Festival at the V&A.

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    TALK: Design marketing consultant and business writer Sean Ashcroft explains how designers can respond to a current climate in which design is increasingly seen as a commodity instead of a valuable service. He argues that designers should be sought after during a recession but are giving expertise away for free instead on a bewildering scale. Part of the London Design Festival at the V&A.

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    TALK: Higher education in the creative sector is on the verge of decimation or revolution. Emily Campbell, Design Director (RCA), Professor Paul Springer, Head of Research and Special Projects for the Faculty of Design Media & Management (Buckinghamshire New University) and representatives from the Young Creative Council, plus other leading figures from industry, education and policy will be thrashing it out. Join the debate and help shape the way forward. Part of the London Design Festival at the V&A.

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    Free entry

    SPECIAL EVENT: Come into the Power of Making exhibition for weekly live demonstrations and talks by designers and artists, including the monthly Digital Design Drop-In. Every Friday, 19.00-20.30 & Every Saturday, 13.00-16.00

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 Family Events

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    FAMILY EVENT: Journey across the V&A with fantastic stories, games and multi-sensory materials. Choose from Back-packs, trails or, for the under 5s, an Agent Animal bag.

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 Displays

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    Thumbnail for Sacred Silver used by the London Huguenot Communities

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    DISPLAY: See expertly crafted silverware representing individual makers and patrons, and learn more about the more recent role of the lending institution in safeguarding Huguenot heritage.

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    DISPLAY: Admire detailed botanical illustrations in a range of graphic media, dating from the mid-nineteenth century.

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    DISPLAY: View a selection of ceramic art by 17 contemporary Korean artists who work both in Korea and internationally. Their work incorporates traditional methods with modern ingenuity and innovative techniques, expressing the creative spirit of a highly industrialised Asian nation with a rich ceramic heritage.

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    Thumbnail for Recording the New: The Architectural Photography of Bedford Lemere & Co. 1870-1930

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    DISPLAY: Explore the work of Bedford Lemere & Co, the leading architectural photography company of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In business from the 1870s until the 1940s, Bedford Lemere and his son Harry Bedford Lemere pioneered professional architectural photography and set the standard for others to follow.

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    DISPLAY: The V&A Illustration Awards celebrates the best illustration published over the last year. Original artwork from the best illustrated book, book cover, magazine and student illustrator of the year will be on display, together with a selection of all competition entries.

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    DISPLAY: See highlight pieces from the V&A's outstanding Prints and Drawings collections, chosen by curators and showcased each month. Accessible during Prints and Drawings Study Room opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10.00-17.00 (closed Saturday 28 May).

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 Courses

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    COURSE: Explore the visual arts of the Medieval period through the V&A’s abundant medieval collections, including architecture and sculpture, metalwork and enamels, silks and embroidery, ivory carving and manuscript illumination, wall painting and mosaic. You can book the full year course, or select individual terms or days. Fridays, 16 September 2011 – 13 July 2012 (over 3 terms)

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 Evening events

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    Thumbnail for Celia Birtwell: In Conversation

    TALK: Hear popular textile and fashion designer Celia Birtwell discuss her long and highly successful career with V&A textiles and fashion curator, Sonnet Stanfill. Jointly organised with Quadrille Publishing.

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 Free talks & tours

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    TOUR: Join this daily one hour tour which describes the history of the V&A and introduces a selection of treasures from the Museum's outstanding collections.

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    TOUR: Join this daily one hour tour which introduces the V&A's stunning Medieval & Renaissance Galleries. Starting at the Meeting Point, Grand Entrance at 11.30.

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    TALK: Renowned New York-based design gallerist and curator Murray Moss will discuss his collaboration with industry leader Materialise, Belgium to create this multi-site display which features examples of the most innovative 3D ‘printed’ works in contemporary design today, placed in direct dialogue with Moss’s selection of his favourite masterworks from the V&A’s permanent collection.

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    OPEN STUDIO: Meet our resident artists and designers, see their work in progress and find out about their creative practice. 13.00–16.00 on selected dates. Supported by the Friends of the V&A

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    TOUR: Take a guided tour of the V&A's exciting theatre and performance collections, including rock & pop posters, theatre and ballet costumes, puppets, stage sets and more! See new costumes from the Lion King now on display.

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    TOUR: Join this daily one hour tour which introduces the V&A's stunning British Galleries which house the most comprehensive collection of British design and art on view anywhere in the world.

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    TOUR: Join one of our free themed tours exploring different aspects of the V&A's collection. Starts at 19.00 from the Meeting Point at the Grand Entrance.

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 Programmes for deaf & hard of hearing visitors

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    BSL TOUR: Join deaf or hard of hearing guide Serena Cant to hear more about Bedford Lemere & Co., the leading architectural photography company of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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 Workshops

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    Thumbnail for Letters from London: Hand Stitching onto Textiles

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    WORKSHOP: Join this free workshop to learn how to ‘write with a needle’ and create your own unique hand stitched textile sampler, inspired by the V&A’s extraordinary collection of manuscripts. As part of her ongoing project 'The Stitch Lives of London' artist Rosalind Wyatt will help you recreate the spontaneity and rhythm of handwriting in textiles. Leave with your own completed sampler celebrating the texts, letters and signatures of famous Londoners. Part of the London Design Festival at the V&A.

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    WORKSHOP: Join this free workshop led by ceramicist Rosa Nguyen to make your own unique clay flower and vessel and add it to our garden installation. Rosa will demonstrate how to manipulate the surface of clay to create three dimensional pieces. Arrange your flower in a pop up garden taking shape at the V&A over two days. Workshop is open between 11:00 and 16:00 on both days. Part of the London Design Festival at the V&A.

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