What's On Friday 21 March 2014

 Exhibitions

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    EXHIBITION: The Jameel Prize is an international art prize for contemporary artists and designers inspired by Islamic traditions of art, craft and design.

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 Special Events

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Join us as we discuss Elana Ferrante’s ‘My Brilliant Friend’, a tale of friendship and growing up in 1950s Italy.

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 Family Events

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    FAMILY EVENT: Pick up a free family trail from the Sackler Centre and set off to explore the museum through puzzles, drawing and observation games.

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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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    FREE DISPLAYS: There are hundreds of exciting hands-on exhibits throughout the V&A.

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 Displays

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    Thumbnail for The Lost Art of Writing

    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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    DISPLAY: Part of the Brits Who Built the Modern World season. This display is the first part of a major exhibition organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects. Through drawings, watercolours, photographs and models it examines where, why and how British architects built internationally, both inside and outside the Empire.

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    Free entry

    DISPLAY: For over forty years Alec Cobbe has been a key figure in the understanding and presentation of historic painting collections and interiors.

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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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    Free entry

    DISPLAY: British artists have used drawing in a wide range of ways: to think on paper and to build up storehouses of ideas, as well as to make finished exhibition pieces.

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    DISPLAY: A year after Beatrix Potter married and moved to live full time in her beloved Lake District, the First World War broke out. As a farmer and land owner, she came to experience the changes the war brought to rural life in Britain.

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    DISPLAY: In 1981 Paul Hogarth made a series of vivid illustrations for Siegfried Sassoon’s Memoirs of an Infantry Officer, first published 50 years earlier.

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    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, this immersive installation will examine the enduring influence and popularity of the world’s most famous playwright.

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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 present day.

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    DISPLAY: This is a display of a number of sculptures from the outstanding collection of baroque and later ivories in the V&A, including German, Austrian, Netherlandish, French, British and Hispanic works.

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    DISPLAY: Eric Gill 1882-1940. Westward Ho!, 1921. Wood engraving.

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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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 Courses

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    4 WEEK SHORT COURSE: Shakespeare is, without doubt, the most produced playwright in British Theatre. His plays form the cornerstone of the classical repertoire. This course will look at how Shakespeare’s plays have survived onstage.

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    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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    EVENING TALK: Join A. A. Gill, the witty and acerbic food critic for the Sunday Times whose earliest ambition was to become an artist.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Experience live music in the unique setting of the Norfolk Music Room

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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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    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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    Covering more than three decades of work and encompassing nearly 200 examples of his designs for architecture, gardens and the decorative arts, ‘William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain’ explores Kent’s achievements and creative innovations.

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 Young People's Events