What's On Wednesday 19 September 2012

 Exhibitions

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    EXHIBITION: This spring the V&A celebrates the opening of the newly renovated Fashion galleries with an exhibition of beautiful ballgowns, red carpet evening dresses and catwalk showstoppers.

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    EXHIBITION: As part of a season of events celebrating British design, the V&A presents the first major solo exhibition exploring the work of one of the most inventive design studios practicing today. Heatherwick Studio has earned a renowned international profile through projects spanning the disciplines of architecture, furniture and product design, to engineering, sculpture and urban planning.

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 Special Events

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    Free entry

    SPECIAL EVENT: Enjoy an exciting array of displays, installations, talks and workshops at the 10th annual London Design Festival.

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    Free entry

    DIGITAL EVENT: Drop into the daily Digital Hub to join a community of design bloggers, digital inclusion designers and design writing students.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Join in our Blogger-led design conversations which explore Women designers and the creative process.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Join abberant architecture for a day exploring their working methods and studio practice.

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    OPEN STUDIOS: Visit our Residents in their studios or out and about in the galleries to find out about their research, creative practice and work in progress.

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    SCREENING: Learn about the environmentally damaging plastic waste in our oceans with this short film. In addition to existing consumer behaviour this has been propelled by the rise of consumption by the bulging middle classes in the growing economies.

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 Family Events

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    Free entry

    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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 Courses

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    YEAR COURSE: Study the art, architecture and decorative arts of Europe from the High Renaissance to Baroque focussing on Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands and England. Wednesdays, 19 September 2012 – 10 July 2013 (over 3 terms), 11.00–15.30

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 Free talks & tours

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    Free entry

    FREE TALK: Meet the designers behind the show for an informal chat and an insight into the creative process driving their innovative approach to design.

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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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    FREE TOUR: Explore PRISM, a structural and digital installation by Keiichi Matsuda and associates, on an exclusive guided tour. Commissioned by Veuve Clicquot.

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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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    LUNCHTIME LECTURE: What does an Agatha Christie murder mystery and ceramic history have in common? Artist in residence Michelle Erickson follows the clues that reveal lost historical ceramic techniques to re-examine the social and cultural context of these iconographic wares and their relevance in the 21st century.

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    FREE TALK: Hear about Prism, a unique structural and digital installation by Keiichi Matsuda and associates. In this talk Matsuda and members of the design and technical team will discuss the concept and realisation of the project.

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    FREE TALK: Come and join us in the "DESIGNSALON" and listen to successful Women designers as they share with us what inspires them to create innovative design. 13.00-14.30 and 15.00-16.30 each day.

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    FREE TALK: Join Hiro Aso, Lead Programme Architect for King’s Cross Station, as he takes you through the display King’s Cross: Regenerating a London Landmark and discusses the work carried out by lead architects and masterplanners John McAslan + Partners and engineer ARUP in transforming London’s King’s Cross Station.

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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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    FREE TALK: There is no such thing as apolitical design. Listen to a discussion of strategies for subversion, intervention and resistance on the battlefield of design in an era of converging crises.

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    FREE TALK: Join Lily Crowther and Catherine Flood who will look at how objects including street furniture, lighting, billboards and fly posters have moulded our experience of British streets and reflected our concerns with public space.

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 Workshops

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    WORKSHOP: Join a creative writing workshop and write about art and design.

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    WORKSHOP: Join our behind-the-scenes workshop and explore the interactive robotic artwork Diamandini, from the developmental stages, prototype head, dress construction to the robotic base and development of the arms.

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