What's On Friday 2 May 2014

 Exhibitions

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    Thumbnail for William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain

    EXHIBITION: Experience the life and work of William Kent, the most prominent architect and designer of early Georgian Britain. Explore how Kent’s artistic inventiveness set the style at a time when Britain defined itself as a new nation and developed a design aesthetic for the period.

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    EXHIBITION: The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014 will be the first major exhibition to explore Italy’s rich contribution to modern fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present. It will examine the craftsmanship, luxurious materials and expertise for which Italy has become renowned across couture, fine tailoring, innovative ready-to-wear and accessories.

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 Special Events

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Join costume design students from the London College of Fashion, Central St Martins, Edinburgh College of Art and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, who have created Shakespeare Tribes and claimed ‘territories’ in the museum.

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    Thumbnail for 'Be Satisfied': A brave new piece of dance theatre

    SPECIAL EVENT: Intense and consuming, Be Satisfied tells the fractured tale of a Romeo and his Juliet, following them as they leap and collide in the turbulent experiences of first love.

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    Thumbnail for 'Good People Draw Near' - Street Songs of Shakespeare's London

    SPECIAL EVENT: In Shakespeare's time the city streets were full of singers, competing to be heard. Through ballads and street cries they spread the latest news, spun fabulous tales, or sold their wares.

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    Thumbnail for Norfolk House Music Room Concert

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

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    Thumbnail for Conducting Shakespeare

    SPECIAL EVENT: Join us for a unique performance experiment, in which some of the most emotional scenes from Shakespeare’s plays will be combined to form a patchwork performance, directly informed by the audience's biological response.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Join the Bookshop Band, acclaimed folk trio, for an intimate concert of songs inspired by Shakespeare's plays, performed in the atmospheric surroundings of the V&A’s National Art Library.

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 Family Events

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    Thumbnail for Hands-on galleries

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

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    Thumbnail for Back-Packs

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

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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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    Thumbnail for Empire Builders: 1750-1950. Part of the Brits Who Built the Modern World season

    Free entry

    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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    Thumbnail for Alec Cobbe: Designer, Collector, Connoisseur

    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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    Thumbnail for Beatrix Potter: the Land, the Seasons and the War (WWI)

    Free entry

    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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    Thumbnail for Memoirs of an Infantry Officer: Paul Hogarth Illustrates Siegfried Sassoon (WWI)

    Free entry

    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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    Thumbnail for Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright

    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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    Thumbnail for A History of Photography

    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 present day.

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    Thumbnail for Baroque and Later Ivories in the V&A

    Free entry

    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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    Thumbnail for Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: The fashion photographer Irving Penn once described his work at Vogue as ‘selling dreams, not clothes’.

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    Thumbnail for Silver from the Malay World

    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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    Thumbnail for A World to Win. Posters of Protest and Revolution

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    DISPLAY: From the 'Votes for Women' campaigns of the early 20th century to the recent 'Occupy' movements, political activists around the world have used posters to mobilise, educate and organise.

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    Thumbnail for Simon Carroll: Expressionist Potter

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: An unconventional and adventurous artist, Simon Carroll produced some of the most singular and extraordinary ceramics of recent years.

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    Thumbnail for Print of the Month (WWI)

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Graily Hewitt 1864-1952, calligrapher and Noel Rooke 1881-1953, wood engraver. Memorial scroll, 1918-1919.

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 Courses

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    Thumbnail for Anglo-Saxon Art and Design

    10 WEEK SHORT COURSE: The period from the decline of the Roman Empire to the Norman Conquest is often called the ‘Dark Ages’. This misnomer gives the impression of a time where life is nasty, brutish and short, art is non-existent, and culture is in decline. But this couldn’t be further from the truth.

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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 Theatre of Fashion: In Conversation

    EVENING TALK: Fashion historian Amber Butchart will be exploring Tudor and Stuart dress for the theatre, with award-winning theatre designer Katrina Lindsay and founder member of the Royal Shakespeare Company's education department Fiona Lindsay.

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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 and Renaissance Galleries Tour

    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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    Thumbnail for Curator Talk: Wedding Dresses 1775 - 2014

    ‘Wedding Dresses 1775–2014’ traces the development of the iconic white bridal gown and its treatment by key fashion designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang.

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