What's On Saturday 13 September 2014

 Exhibitions

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    Thumbnail for Wedding Dresses 1775–2014

    EXHIBITION: Trace the eternal fashion of the wedding dress and discover the most romantic, glamorous and iconic dresses from the last 200 years.

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    Thumbnail for Disobedient Objects

    EXHIBITION: The V&A presents the first exhibition to explore the powerful role that objects play in grassroots movements for social change, demonstrating how political activism drives a wealth of design ingenuity.

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    EXHIBITION: Horst P. Horst (1906–1999) was one of the leading photographers of the 20th-century. In his illustrious career, Horst traversed the worlds of art, fashion, theatre and high society and was one of Vogue’s star photographers.

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 Special Events

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    Thumbnail for Ella Doran Design

    Free entry

    SPECIAL EVENT: Ella Doran Design: Putting the Circular Economy into Action with ‘Haute-Design’ Refurbished Upholstered Chairs.

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    Free entry

    SPECIAL EVENT: A free programme of short films showcasing cutting-edge motion graphics, CGI environments and digital art on film.

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    Thumbnail for 4 Corners: Design from the African Diaspora

    Free entry

    SPECIAL EVENT: Launched by Jon Daniel and Design Week in February 2013, 4 Corners is the first regular column by a mainstream publisher to showcase pioneering, emerging and established creative professionals from the African diaspora.

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    Thumbnail for Studio Tuck-Tite & The Concept Lounge: Off The Press

    Free entry

    SPECIAL EVENT: Join our hands on illustration and layout design workshops to assist the Tuck-tite team in compiling giant hardcopy pages for their London Design Festival Zeen.

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    Thumbnail for Lord Whitney & The Concept Lounge: Playing Faces

    Free entry

    SPECIAL EVENT: Come and create your own wonderfully absurd portrait with Lord Whitney's photo booth. The art directing duo, Amy Lord and Rebekah Whitney will be creating eccentric portraits from whatever curious odds and sods they can lay their hands on – no coat hanger, shuttlecock or lampshade will be spared!

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    Thumbnail for The Concept Lounge: The Mighty Pen

    Free entry

    SPECIAL EVENT: Join us for a weekend of immersive activity as illustrators create the mural room featuring workshops and live drawing throughout by Animaux Circus, Alice Bowsher, Rachel McGivern and Wai Wai.

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    Free entry

    SPECIAL EVENT: Join a free, guided tour of the London Design Festival at the V&A, taking in a host of installations and displays around the building.

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    Thumbnail for Breaking into the Design Industry - A Design Week Session

    Free entry

    SPECIAL EVENT: Design Week presents a panel session on how to break into the design industry. Featuring Magpie co-founder Ben Christie, Jack Renwick of Jack Renwick Studio and illustrator Gordon Reid of Middleboop.

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    Free entry

    SPECIAL EVENT: Design can potentially delight, entertain, surprise, inform, engage and tell stories. A collection of my work, observations and ideas that make me – and hopefully others – happy. – Jim Sutherland, Founder of Hat-Trick Design.

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    Thumbnail for A2/3d: A 3d Printed Letter Font

    Free entry

    SPECIAL EVENT: Connecting the newest and oldest forms of printing, this film documents the design of a new typeface, fabricated as a physical font using 3D-print technology, and put to work in a traditional letterpress print studio.

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    Thumbnail for Open Studio: Ceramicist in Residence, Nao Matsunaga

    Free entry

    SPECIAL EVENT: Experience Nao’s working ceramics studio and learn more about his techniques, practice and inspirations. Also, meet some of the incredible beast-like creatures he has been making during his residency period.

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    Free entry

    YOUNG PEOPLE'S 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 Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest to promote what you do to a wider audience.

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    Thumbnail for Alan Kitching and Monotype

    Free entry

    SPECIAL EVENT: Alan Kitching is one of the world's foremost practitioners of letterpress typographic design and printmaking. Alan will show work from his 50-year career, including a detailed look at a recent collaboration with Monotype.

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    Thumbnail for Learn How the Festival can help your Career Choices

    Free entry

    YOUNG PEOPLE'S EVENT: This talk by ARTS THREAD is aimed at young people who want to find out how to get started in design.

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    Thumbnail for Paula Scher in conversation with Adrian Shaughnessy

    SPECIAL EVENT: Graphic legend and New York-based partner of Pentagram, Paula Scher, presents a selection of her design work and talks about the challenges and opportunities throughout her esteemed career.

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    Free entry

    YOUNG PEOPLE'S EVENT: The importance of an online portfolio as part of your creative career – aimed at young people and given by ARTS THREAD industry experts. A talk followed by a Q&A and portfolio surgery.

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    Thumbnail for Lost Highway: film screening and introduction

    SPECIAL EVENT: Richard Martin, author of the forthcoming book The Architecture of David Lynch, introduces Lynch’s uncanny noir thriller, Lost Highway (USA 1997 / 135mins / Certificate 18) and discusses how we might unlock the secrets of Lost Highway by looking carefully at the film’s design elements and architectural spaces.

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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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    FAMILY EVENT: Join the performance team for fun and interactive gallery plays and activities. Events rotate each week – please see below for details. Suitable for all the family including early years unless otherwise stated (programmes for ages 2+ also available first Saturday of every month).

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 Displays

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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 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

    Free entry

    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 This Time in History: What Escapes, by Rose Frain (WWI)

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: As a contribution to the V&A’s centenary reflections on the outbreak of war, the distinguished artist Rose Frain creates an installation for the National Art Library.

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    Thumbnail for Print of the Month (WWI)

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson 1889–1946. Returning to the Trenches, 1916, Etching and drypoint.

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    Thumbnail for Rapid Response Collecting

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Rapid Response Collecting is a new strand to the V&A's collecting activity. Objects are collected in response to major moments in history that touch the world of design and manufacturing. The display, which will constantly change, shows how design reflects and defines how we live together today.

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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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    Free entry

    DISPLAY: The V&A’s contemporary collection represents transformations in design and society. The V&A Design Fund supports selected contemporary acquisitions which are exhibited each year during London Design Festival.

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    Thumbnail for Double Space for BMW - Precision & Poetry in Motion

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Fascinated by the themes of movement and the perception of space, multi-disciplinary designers Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby have devised an immersive, kinetic sculpture in conjunction with BMW that distorts the viewer’s sense of perspective as they view the Raphael cartoons on display at the V&A, and the architecture of the room they are standing in.

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    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Sir Terence Conran and Benchmark Furniture teamed up with the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and invited 10 illustrious names in design and architecture to each nominate an emerging talent to collaborate on a very open brief: 'What have you always wanted in your home, but never been able to find?'

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    Free entry

    DISPLAY: The multi-disciplinary team comprising of product designer Felix de Pass, graphic designer Michael Montgomery and ceramicist Ian McIntyre present an immersive installation within one of the V&A’s darkest spaces.

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    Free entry

    DISPLAY: The entrance to the V&A’s Glass Galleries will be transformed by a site specific work created by the Paris-based designer Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert.

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    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Crest, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, provides an engaging feature across the pool in the centre of the V&A’s John Madejski Garden. The form explores the relationships between fluid and Cartesian, solid and void, surface and structure.

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    Thumbnail for Carousel Wall

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: A collaboration between London-based print and design studio David David and British manufacturer Johnson Tiles, Carousel Wall sees the inside walls of the V&A’s Tunnel entrance covered in bold geometric shapes and bright shades.

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    DISPLAY: Michael Anastassiades in collaboration with Flos will present the lighting installation Ama, made by mouth-blown opaline spheres and brass. The piece is an appreciation of the pearl diving mermaids of Japan.

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    Thumbnail for Dream-Land, by The T/Shirt Issue

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: The T/Shirt Issue, a collective based in Berlin, have been in residence in the Museum for six months as part of a German design residency in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut London.

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    Thumbnail for Live Up/Blank Totem, by Nao Matsunaga

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: The current winner of the British Ceramics Biennial award, Nao uses ceramic, plaster, wood and paper to express various aspects of his subconscious.

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    Thumbnail for Military Secret, by James Rigler

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: James is a contemporary ceramicist who creates sculptures and installations that question the architecture and meaning of the places around us.

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    Thumbnail for Sue Timney for West Dean at the V&A

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    DISPLAY: The V&A are the exclusive launch partner for this curated selection of fine bone china, silk cushions and silk scarves from Sue Timney’s new range of homewares and accessories for West Dean – inspired by its founder Edward James, his house and collection of Surrealist art and objects.

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    Thumbnail for 171 St Pauls, by Liam O'Connor

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Much of Liam’s practice is centred around architecture and spaces in London. This moving image work installed in our architecture gallery layers 171 photographs, taken over the last eight years, of the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral from different angles around the city.

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    Thumbnail for Breathless Beauty - Broken Beauty

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Enjoy an immersive Sculptural 4k Video Art Installation by artist film maker Vanessa Jane Hall. Video canvasses capture the raw beauty of the country house, whether sparkling or faded.

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    Thumbnail for Putting the circular economy into action with 'haute-design' refurbished upholstered chairs

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    DISPLAY: Drop in to view this 'live' installation by Ella Doran, Galapagos Designs, The Great Recovery Project (RSA), built from several upholstered chairs that are deconstructed and refurbished in the V&A throughout London Design Festival.

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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 the Museum's acquisition of the original West End Joey from the National Theatres award winning production of War Horse, kindly donated by Handspring Puppet Company

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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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