What's On Saturday 14 September 2013

 Exhibitions

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    Thumbnail for Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace

    EXHIBITION: If you could keep only one memory, what would it be? This summer the V&A presents a dramatic vision of the future through an immersive exhibition experience. Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace is a walk-in story that brings to life a new work of fiction by the author Hari Kunzru.

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    EXHIBITION: Discover the creative explosion of London fashion in the 1980s through more than 85 eye-catching outfits.

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 Special Events

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    SPECIAL EVENT: This September the V&A will be at the centre of the eleventh annual London Design Festival, the UK’s premier Festival of contemporary design and one of the world’s most important annual design events.

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    Thumbnail for Type Tasting display and workshop

    SPECIAL EVENT: Words about creative London that have been designed to reflect their meaning. This is through choice of typeface, mark making tools, incorporating unusual materials and inventing new letterforms.

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    Thumbnail for Collate: An experiment in collaborative publishing

    SPECIAL EVENT: With the growth of online communities, consumption of information has shifted from a passive to a more active experience.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Drop into the daily Digital Hub to join a community of design bloggers and share your thoughts about the Festival, and take part in a series of talks hosted by This Happened and Protein.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: The V&A Museum of Childhood hosts a series of workshops and talks with East London designers exploring the theme of design for (and inspired by) children.

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    DISPLAY: 'Oki Naganode' is an installation made from Naga Kombu, a type of Japanese seaweed. The installation is one of a range of objects made by Julia Lohmann during her current V&A residency entitled 'The Department of Seaweed'.

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    Thumbnail for St Mungos / Woodworks Project: A Design Process

    DISPLAY: This display represents the culmination of a collaboration between the V&A and clients from St Mungo's Woodworks, and designers Alexa Galea, David Gates, Julia Lohmann and Michael Marriott.

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    Thumbnail for ARTS THREAD: A recent graduate? Want to enhance your profile through blogging and social media?

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    SPECIAL EVENT: ARTS THREAD’s team of journalists will give a talk and workshop to teach you how to market yourself and your new creative business through blogs, newsletters and social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to promote what you do to a wider audience.

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    Thumbnail for Officine Panerai: The Design of Time

    Officine Panerai offers an exclusive insight into the design of unique time movements with watchmaking sessions lead by two of the luxury watch brands top horologists.

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    Thumbnail for Moleskine Sketchathon

    SPECIAL EVENT: In partnership with Moleskine, the London Design Festival is celebrating the medium of sketching and drawing.

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    Thumbnail for Lunchtime Talk: Moleskine Sketch Relay

    SPECIAL EVENT: Designers across London have contributed their sketches and drawings to Moleskine notebooks, the results of which are displayed in the Sackler Centre.

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    Thumbnail for ARTS THREAD: How to Get Started in the Creative Industries

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    FREE TALK FOR 16-24 YEAR OLDS: Join us for a talk aimed at young people who want to know more about careers in design.

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    Thumbnail for Are Museums Waking Up to Branding

    SPECIAL EVENT: For decades many museums and institutions thought that 'branding' was little more than a logo in the corner of a poster.

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    Thumbnail for Arts Thread: The Importance of online portfolios as part of your creative career

    SPECIAL EVENT FOR 16-24 YEAR OLDS: The importance of an online portfolio as part of your creative career – aimed at young people and given by industry experts. A talk followed by a Q&A and portfolio surgery.

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    FREE TALK: Designer Najla El Zein will take you through the inspiration, creation and production process of her walk-through eight meter high installation. 'The Wind Portal' is an interactive sensory installation composed of paper windmills that turn in the breeze.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: The debate about the death of print in the digital age is a simplistic one.

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 Family Events

 Displays

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    Thumbnail for Beatrix Potter and the Beautiful Satin Waistcoat

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    DISPLAY: When preparing illustrations for The Tailor of Gloucester (1903) Beatrix Potter sought inspiration for the Mayor's coat and embroidered waistcoat in 18th century costumes at her local museum, the V&A.

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    DISPLAY: The display presents the most notable discoveries of recent research on the V&A's collection of European paintings and will concentrate on 11 Italian, Netherlandish and French works painted between the early 15th and the early 19th centuries.

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    DISPLAY: Enter through the Grand entrance of the V&A and look up. Here you are greeted by the 28.280 custom-made chandelier by Canada-based designer Omer Arbel. Hung from the Cupola, the highest point of the building, the installation spans the vast height of the Museum, cascading more than 30 metres through the centre of the Ceramics Galleries, past the coffered ceiling beneath and finally appearing above the main doorway as visitors enter the museum.

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    Thumbnail for 8-18: The Typographic Circle's Circular Magazine

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    DISPLAY: The Clore Study Area has been transformed for 8-18, a bold floor-to-ceiling graphic installation celebrating the 2D typography-led magazine, ‘Circular’.

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    Thumbnail for ALESSI Made in Crusinallo. The Beauty and the Mastery

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    DISPLAY: Many objects are simply part of everyday life; in the neutral, reassuring setting of home we make use of them almost without noticing. Then there are objects which somehow make commonplace gestures more pleasing, more straightforward, and more personal.

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    Thumbnail for Atlas for Animate Bodies - Volume One (2013)

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    DISPLAY: The first in a new series of animated films and artist books by filmmaker Simon Pummell. The work combines digital animation processes with traditional figure drawing to create a new atlas of the human figure.

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    DISPLAY: Designers across London have contributed their sketches and drawings to Moleskine notebooks, the results of which are displayed in the Sackler Centre.

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    Thumbnail for A Measurable Factor Sets the Conditions of its Operation: Marloes ten Bhömer

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    DISPLAY: The high-heeled woman is a complex construct, one designed for and ultimately sanctioned to the man-made environment.

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    Thumbnail for God is in the Details

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    DISPLAY: When the legendary German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe coined the now famous phrase ‘God is in the Details’, he encouraged his audience to live and work in a thorough manner and to take note of details, no matter how small they might be.

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    Thumbnail for The Bodleian Chair Competition

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    DISPLAY: 'A chair of chairs, for the library of libraries'

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    Thumbnail for The Design Fund to Benefit the V&A 2013

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    DISPLAY: The Design Fund encourages private engagement with the arts for the benefit of the V&A and its public.

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    Thumbnail for The Dinner Party / True-to-Life Design by Scholten & Baijings

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    DISPLAY: In galleries and museums, design objects are frequently displayed on pedestals or in glass vitrines but rarely in something resembling the everyday living environment for which they were conceived.

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    Thumbnail for The Progressive Extension of the Field of Individual Development and Experience

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    DISPLAY: This impactful project comprises a natural a cork floor occupying the existing bridge over the V&A’s Medieval and Renaissance Galleries, in which the visitor is immersed in a world of cork, encountering its visual and tactile properties in a bold effort to challenge existing connotations with the material.

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    Thumbnail for Garden of Russolo, by Yuri Suzuki

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    DISPLAY: A new interactive installation of Yuri Suzuki's voice activated sound work "White Noise Machine".

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    Thumbnail for The Wind Portal by Najla El Zein, 2013

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    DISPLAY: Step through The Wind Portal a dramatic gateway of 5,000 paper windmills turning in the breeze.

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    Thumbnail for Cyclothymia, by Alessandro Brighetti

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    DISPLAY: A unique, mesmerising sculptural work in which electromagnetic ferrofluids create the illusion of living movement.

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    Thumbnail for Silver from the Malay World

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    DISPLAY: This display explores the rich traditions of silver in the Malay world. Intricate ornament drawn from geometry and nature decorates dining vessels, clothing accessories and ceremonial regalia.

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    DISPLAY: The V&A Illustration Awards celebrate the best illustration published over the last year. Artwork from the best illustrated book, book cover, editorial illustration and student illustrator of the year are recognised.

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    Thumbnail for Deception: Ceramics and Imitation

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    DISPLAY: From functional tableware masquerading as fruit or vegetables to imitations of prized materials, potters have always created objects intended to delight and surprise by deceiving the eye.

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    Thumbnail for Music Hall: Sickert and the Three Graces

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    DISPLAY: At the turn of the 20th century, entertainment by and for the people was at its peak in Britain. Audiences jostled, boozed and sang along in over 500 music halls. Music halls were a result of Britain’s expanding commercial power, and for newly affluent workers they provided an escape from working life.

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    Thumbnail for Making it up: Photographic Fictions

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    DISPLAY: Photography is widely associated with truthfulness yet it has also been employed throughout its history as a means of telling stories and evoking the imaginary.

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    Thumbnail for Clara Button and the Magic Hat Day: A Fantastic Journey in the V&A

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    DISPLAY: The display presents a selection of attractive works on paper, which illustrate the first book of fiction for children published by the V&A: Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day (2011).

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    DISPLAY: This display offers alternative ways of understanding the 'art of remembering', explored by Hari Kunzru in his narrative for Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace.

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    Thumbnail for Ally Capellino - 'Bums on Seats'

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    DISPLAY: London accessories designer Ally Capellino brings her design aesthetic to the tubular stacking chair.

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    Thumbnail for The Lost Art of Writing

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    DISPLAY: 'Beautiful Writing pleases everyone, it makes one sought after,' explained the French writer Père Gregoire Martin in 1761. Having a fine writing hand was not only a useful skill but the sign of an educated and genteel person

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    Thumbnail for A History of Photography

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    DISPLAY: The Photographs Gallery draws upon the V&A’s internationally renowned collection and chronicles the history of photography from the 1840s up to the 1970s.

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    DISPLAY: The V&A Shop is pleased to be the exclusive retail launch partner for select homeware lines from new design venture WRONG FOR HAY.

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 Free talks & tours

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    Thumbnail for Daily Introductory Tour

    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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    Thumbnail for Medieval & Renaissance Tour 11.30

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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 design resident Julia Lohmann. Find out about her research, use of original materials, creative practice and work in progress. 13.00-16.00

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    Thumbnail for Open Studio: The Toshiba Japan Ceramics Residency - Keiko Masumoto

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    OPEN STUDIO: Visit the Ceramics Residency Studio to watch Keiko Masumoto at work and find out more about her highly skilled making processes and Japanese ceramic trends.

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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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