What's On Thursday 20 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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    TOUR: Join Thomas Heatherwick for an exclusive early-morning tour of 'Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary', the V&A’s major solo exhibition of the work of Heatherwick Studio, one of the most inventive and experimental British design studios practising today.

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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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    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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    GALLERY TALK: Explore the history and art associated with Vauxhall Gardens, one of the most popular destinations in 18th century London.

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 Courses

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    YEAR COURSE: Gain a unique perspective on one of the most dynamic periods in the history of European art. Thursdays, 20 September 2012 – 11 July 2013 (over 3 terms), 11.00–15.30

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 Free talks & tours

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    FREE TALK: Discover the relevance of the work of Gio Ponti, his vision and his legacy. This event coincides with the London Design Festival temporary installation, Living alla Ponti.

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    FREE TALK: Join a panel discussion of leading design and textile experts as they debate the issues of cultural identity, ethics and sustainability in indigenous 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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    EXHIBITION TOUR: Take a tour of the V&A exhibition 'Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950' and chart the role of the Ballgown in British life from the formality of the traditional ball to the spectacle of the red carpet.

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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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    OPEN STUDIOS: Visit the V&A Residency Studios to meet costume for film resident, Hayley Nebauer. Find out about her research, creative practice and work in progress.

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    GALLERY TALK: Explore the drawings, posters and artists books which reveal the history of Spain between Baroque and Contemporary.

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    FREE TALK: When things are beautifully simple they are more powerful; getting into our heads faster, staying there for longer and helping us make choices. Join industry leaders to debate what simplicity means to them and learn how, when applied correctly, simplicity is the key to success. Free, but ticketed

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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: Meet several of the winners of the London Design Medal, as they join an informal conversation with Libby Sellers to discuss their practice, inspiration and views on the future for design.

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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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    GALLERY TOUR: The Recording Britain collection of watercolours and drawings gives a fascinating account of the country at the start of the Second World War when lives, landscapes and precious buildings were under threat. Gill Saunders, curator of the display, will discuss this unique documentary project and its’ relevance today.

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    FREE TALK: Michelle Ogundehin, Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Decoration UK, is joined by Cath Kidston, Tom Dixon and Tristram Hunt MP, as they debate the point of design: do British consumers care about, or value, good design? And if they don't, who's failure is it? And what constitutes good design today anyway?

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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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    PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Stitch your own stylish butterfly brooch with help from innovative textile designer Abigail Brown.

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