What's On Tuesday 16 September 2014

 Exhibitions

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    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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    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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    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 The Future of Money Method & Dalton Maag

    Free entry

    SPECIAL EVENT: Method London's creative director, Philip O'Dwyer, chairs a panel discussion on the future of money. We will explore future scenarios, new technologies, and their impact on our everyday lives.

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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 Decorex - Collecting for the Future

    Free entry

    SPECIAL EVENT: Celebrated journalist and broadcaster, Corinne Julius, hosts a discussion on the future of collecting contemporary craft and design.

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    Thumbnail for Open Studio: Digital Design Resident, The T/Shirt Issue

    Free entry

    SPECIAL EVENT: Visit the digital design collective The T/Shirt Issue in their studio to learn more about their work and see how they have been 3D scanning objects in our collection and turning them into fabric installations.

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    Free entry

    SPECIAL EVENT: You've got the killer idea. You know your market. You understand the target consumer. It’s time to apply for a patent that will fully protect your idea and secure your future success. Right? Perhaps not...

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Managing a design legacy is a complex task. In this discussion with Paula Day (daughter of Robin and Lucienne Day), Paul Newman from Case Furniture and design historian Charlotte Fiell, we discover what designers should do to ensure that their designs are respected beyond their own lifetimes.

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    Thumbnail for Designing for 21st Century Retail by Fragrance Lab

    Free entry

    SPECIAL EVENT: The role of immersion, experience and architecture in a phygital environment: a presentation and discussion hosted by Linda Hewson, Creative Director, Selfridges; Philip Handford, Creative Director, Campaign; Chris Sanderson, Co-founder, The Future Laboratory.

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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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    SPECIAL EVENT: Join The T/shirt Issue in a short talk about Dream-Land, a new work that was created using 3D scans of objects in the V&A’s collection.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Discover the Design Industry's future stars, chosen by NOISE Festival 2014 Curators Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, Andy Bird (Executive Creative Director, Publicis), Ian Livingstone CBE (Life President, Eidos) and Jude Biddulph (SUCK UK), hosted by Blueprint Magazine's Contributing Editor and portfolio reviews.

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    Thumbnail for A Designer's Guide to 3d Printing. Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co

    SPECIAL EVENT: Take a look at current and future opportunities and legal threats of 3D printing for designers. Hosted by design law experts Wragge Lawrence Graham, the panel includes Jonathan Rowley, design director of Digits2Widgets, Martin Darbyshire, CEO of Tangerine, and Tim Brown, co-founder of Three Over Seven.

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    Thumbnail for Beyond Design: Creating Emotional Relevance Nonobject

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Dismissing design as we know it, Branko Lukic – thought leader, author and designer – shows us that the future of design lies in a single-minded focus on emotional relevance.

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    Free entry

    SPECIAL EVENT: See change, inspire creativity, and design for the future. Join the Pearlfisher Futures experience and get a glimpse of how the worlds of taste, body, luxury and connection will look, feel and behave in the future. An event not to be missed!

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    Thumbnail for Global Design Forum: Five Ideas to Shake the World

    Free entry

    SPECIAL EVENT: This fast-paced session puts the creators of the five best ideas we could find in front of a powerful panel who will judge – along with your own input – which will make the most significant contribution to our future lives.

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 Family Events

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

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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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

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    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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    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

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    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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    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

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    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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    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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