What's On Friday 18 October 2013

 Exhibitions

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    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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    EXHIBITION: Experience the beauty and allure of pearls which across centuries and cultures have long been associated with wealth, royalty and glamour.

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    EXHIBITION: Enter the world of Norman Swann, elderly architect and proprietor of an elaborate apartment in South Kensington. As Norman struggles to deal with the burden of his cultural heritage, the arrival of his unscrupulous former student, now a famous architect to the stars, threatens to destabilise his fragile existence.

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 Special Events

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    TEACHERS' EVENT: Recharge your creative batteries and work with artists, designers and makers. Enjoy meeting other creative teachers, try out new techniques, develop your own creative talents and get inspiration to take back to the classroom.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Hear live music in the stunning surroundings of our Norfolk House Music Room.

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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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 Displays

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    Thumbnail for 28.280 by Omer Arbel

    Free entry

    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 The Design Fund to Benefit the V&A 2013

    Free entry

    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 Wind Portal by Najla El Zein, 2013

    Free entry

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

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    Free entry

    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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    Free entry

    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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    Free entry

    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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    Free entry

    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

    Free entry

    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

    Free entry

    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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    Free entry

    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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    Free entry

    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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    Free entry

    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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    Free entry

    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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 Courses

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    Thumbnail for Early Medieval 300-1250 13/14

    YEAR COURSE: Celebrate the Museum's world-class early Medieval collection. Fridays, 20 September 2013 - 11 July 2014 (over 3 terms), 11.10-15.30

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 Evening events

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    Thumbnail for Looking Sweet: UK Soul and Lovers Rock Scenes

    EVENING EVENT: The 80s embraced love, radicalism and self expression. Join us down memory lane for Afro hair and fashion trends, the club scene groovers, the UK soul invasion, record shop hang-outs, pirate radio stations and reggae’s home grown Motown - Lovers Rock, when wallpaper faded to the tune of 'Hurt So Good'.

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    EVENING EVENT: Join Dennis Bovell (record producer and musician), Lindsay Wesker (writer, DJ and broadcaster), Dave VJ (DJ, broadcaster and entrepreneur), Sonia Poulton (writer and broadcaster) and chaired by Mykaell Riley (Westminster University, Steel Pulse) as they relive the sounds of the 70s and 80s UK Soul invasion and the sweet falsetto that was Lovers Rock.

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    EVENING TALK: The fashion house Chloé has a long history of being a crucible of creativity and launching some of fashion’s most notable designers.

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    Thumbnail for The MwangaBora: Design for Social Good

    FREE TALK: Kenyan engineer Evans Wadongo is responsible for the MwangaBora - a solar-charged LED lantern that is fast replacing smoky kerosene and firelight in rural Africa.

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    EVENING EVENT: Against the evocative backdrop of the National Art Library, enjoy a special performance of new play fragments captured from emerging playwrights in response to the major exhibition Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace.

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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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    Thumbnail for Medieval & Renaissance Tour 11.30

    Free entry

    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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    Free entry

    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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 Membership Events

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    Thumbnail for Chloé Fashion

    The fashion house Chloé has a long history of being a crucible of creativity and launching some of fashion’s most notable designers.

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 Young People's Events

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    FREE TOUR FOR 16-24 YEAR OLDS: Visit the 20th Century Galleries with a member of CreateVoice (the V&A’s youth collective) and explore art and design from the beginning of the twentieth century until the present day.

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    EVENT FOR 16-24 YEAR OLDS: Meet Sam Winston, a graphic artist based in London and one of the artists featured in the "Memory Palace" exhibition at the V&A.

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