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    EXHIBITION: Power of Making celebrates the role of making in our lives by presenting an eclectic selection of over 100 exquisitely crafted objects. The exhibition is a cabinet of curiosities showing works by both amateurs and leading makers from around the world, presenting a range of skills with imaginative and spectacular results.

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    EXHIBITION: This is the first in-depth survey of art, design and architecture of the 1970s and 1980s, examining one of the most controversial phenomena in recent art and design history: postmodernism. It shows how postmodernism evolved from a provocative architectural movement in the early 1970s and rapidly went on to influence all areas of popular culture including design, art, music, film, performance and fashion. By the 1980s consumerism and excess were the trademarks of the postmodern. The exhibition explores the radical ideas that challenged Modernism; overthrowing purity and simplicity in favour of exuberant colour, bold patterns, artificial looking surfaces, historical quotation, parody and wit and above all, a newfound freedom in design. See over 250 objects across all areas of art and design and revisit a time when style was not just a ‘look’ but became an attitude. Supported by the Friends of the V&A With further support from Barclays Wealth

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    EXHIBITION: To celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the V&A is holding an exhibition of portraits of Her Majesty by photographer Cecil Beaton (1904-1980). Presenting highlights of the V&A’s archive of Beaton’s royal photography, the exhibition will depict the Queen in her roles as princess, monarch and mother and include a number of photographs never before seen as well as Beaton’s diaries and letters

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    EXHIBITION: Celebrate the best of British post-war art and design from the 1948 ‘austerity’ games to the summer of 2012. The exhibition highlights significant moments in the history of British design and how the country continues to nurture artistic talent and be a world leader in creativity and design.

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    EXHIBITION: This spring the V&A celebrates the opening of the newly renovated Fashion galleries with an exhibition of beautiful ballgowns, red carpet evening dresses and catwalk showstoppers.

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    EXHIBITION: As part of a season of events celebrating British design, the V&A presents the first major solo exhibition exploring the work of one of the most inventive design studios practicing today. Heatherwick Studio has earned a renowned international profile through projects spanning the disciplines of architecture, furniture and product design, to engineering, sculpture and urban planning.

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    EXHIBITION: Hollywood Costume is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see over 100 of the most iconic costumes in the history of film-making. TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT FOR TODAY

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    EXHIBITION: Light from the Middle East: New Photography presents work by artists from across the Middle East (spanning North Africa to Central Asia), living in the region and in diaspora.

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    EXHIBITION: The V&A reveals the majesty of the courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I to Ivan the Terrible and the early Romanovs in a major exhibition celebrating 500 years of exchange between Britain and Russia.

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    EXHIBITION: The V&A has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie archive to curate the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie - one of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times.

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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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    EXHIBITION: Presenting one of the world’s greatest artistic traditions, Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700-1900 will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see rare surviving works of art drawn from collections around the world.

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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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    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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    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: Prize for Photography and Sustainability - The Prize, now in its 10th year, is hosted at the V&A. Eleven outstanding international photographers show projects on the theme of ‘consumption’ contributing to the debate about the most pressing social and environmental challenges today.

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    EXHIBITION: This exhibition showcases the final nine paintings by M. F. Husain, one of the most celebrated and internationally recognised Indian artists of the 20th century.

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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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    EXHIBITION: Presenting a fresh interpretation of Britain’s best-loved landscape painter, this major exhibition reveals how Constable combined a reverence for the old masters with a revolutionary approach to capturing light and atmosphere.

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    EXHIBITION: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty will showcase McQueen’s visionary body of work. Spanning his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection, McQueen’s designs will be presented with the dramatic staging and sense of spectacle synonymous with his runway shows.

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 Special Events

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Come into the Power of Making exhibition for weekly live demonstrations and talks by designers and artists, including the monthly Digital Design Drop-In. Every Friday, 19.00-20.30 & Every Saturday, 13.00-16.00

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    WORKSHOP: Make and sew your own heart-shaped Christmas tree decorations from festive fabrics. Suitable for beginners.

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    TEACHERS EVENT: Recharge your creative batteries at the end of a busy teaching week. Meet innovative artists, designers and makers associated with the Royal College of Art, Crafts Council and V&A to learn about different approaches to making across art and design, try out new techniques, develop your own creative talents and get inspiration to take back to the classroom.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: NVAP has documented over 250 theatre performances ranging from West-End hits and pantomimes to musicals and physical theatre. To celebrate 20 years of NVAP, the V&A proudly presents a selection of NVAP recordings documenting British theatre.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Ahead of this years carnival celebrations, Friday Late conjures the heat and light of Brazil for an evening exploring the best of Brazilian design and visual culture. Star in a Brazilian-style telenovela, try your luck at a game of 'gambiarra' table football and brighten up your winter with a caipirinha and the latest Brazilian sounds.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Celebrate the anthology TEN featuring poets Mir Mahfuz Ali, Rowyda Amin, Nick Makoha, Roger Robinson, Shazea Quraishi and Jan Kofi-Tsekpo. Hear readings from the anthology TEN and newly commissioned works performed in the galleries in response to the V&A’s collections.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Get on the poetry trail with Mir Mahfuz Ali, Rowyda Amin, Roger Robinson and Nick Makoha. Listen to newly commissioned work in response to the V&A's collections and readings from the anthology TEN.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Create a multicultural gallery filled with your favourite objects from around the museum. Take creative photographs of five objects and spaces. Design a virtual gallery by uploading your images, including poetic words, phrases or messages that best signify your poetic journey, then add it to your Facebook or as a screen saver on your computer.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Examine the book plate image of Two African Gentlemen in London, Job Ben Solomon and William Ansah Sessarakoo, and weave a web of words inspired by these charismatic characters with poet Jan Kofi Tsekpo.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Explore the Luck of Edenhall, a medieval drinking glass decorated in gold and coloured enamels and be inspired by its embellishments to craft your own poem with poet Shazea Quraishi.

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    Join us for an afternoon of free events celebrating LGBTQ History Month.

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    STUDY DAY: Learn about the study of objects in popular culture, past and present. Look at how scholars have used the study of objects and their contexts to shed light on the past. Discover what happens to those objects when taken out of their original setting. Discuss the power invested in objects through commodification, memory and ownership and how they are used within academic disciplines.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Join leading scribes and illuminators, including V&A Calligraphy Resident Cherrell Avery, for a day celebrating the bicentenary of Charles Dickens's birth. See original manuscripts by the great writer himself, enjoy expert-led demonstrations and try your hand at calligraphy in a workshop.

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    PROFESSIONAL EVENT: Are you a professional artist, designer or creative practioner who wishes to develop your skills in applying for residency programmes? Gain a broader understanding of residency programmes and get guidance on the skills needed to draft applications for residency programmes and responding to briefs given as part of Open Call opportunities.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Discover the story of JAINpedia, an ambitious project digitising UK collections of rare Jain manuscripts from India. Experts reveal how the manuscripts were selected, conserved, digitised and catalogued for a ground-breaking website.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Celebrate Shakespeare's birthday in style, Masterclass and the V&A present a design masterclass with the award winning stage designer William Dudley.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday and discover the art of theatre design.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Attend an evening reliving the 50s and 60s through fashion, music, sport, film and entertainment. Hear songs of protest, live monologues, ‘hang out’ with the stars and dance to music of the era.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Find out about Kathakali, a male classical dance drama that originated in the temples of Kerala, South India.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: This Happened is a series of events focusing on the stories behind interaction design.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Join leading artists, including V&A ceramicist in residence Louisa Taylor and comic book artist Brian Williamson for a day of workshops celebrating British Design.

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    PROFESSIONALS WORKSHOP: Concentrate on throwing and form manipulation skills with porcelain. Enhance your skills in throwing on the wheel and explore new methods that combine hand building and construction techniques.

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    LIVE MUSIC: Join us for an exhilarating performance by Eduardo Niebla, one of the most acclaimed artists in flamenco jazz fusion. Accompanied by Matthew Robinson on guitar and Dharmesh Parmar on Indian tabla, Eduardo will demonstrate the versatility of his style and power of his guitar.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Learn about the Pórtico de la Gloria at Santiago de Compostela in Spain and the current restoration work. Then enjoy a concert of medieval music, played on modern re-created instruments copied from those shown on the Pórtico.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Celebrate Refugee Week with a programme of free events including talks, tours, workshops and live performances. Click on the link for the full programme.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: How do you get into the film industry? Is it about talent, skills or your network of contacts?

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    SPECIAL EVENT: In 1976 the people of the Western Sahara were forced out of their homeland to refugee settlements in Algeria. Explore the ongoing plight of the Saharawi, their lifestyle and culture through film, talks and a jewellery workshop using sand and plastic bottles.

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    OPEN STUDIOS: Graphic Artist Breno Pineschi and Costume & Set Design Artists Eric Fuly and Robson Rozza will be residents at the V&A during July as part of the Rio Occupation project which brings 30 groundbreaking artists from Rio to London to occupy public spaces around the city this summer. 11, 14, 18 & 25 July 13.00 – 16.00

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Examine popular culture in London during the 50s and 60s. Hear guest speakers’ accounts of growing up during this period, listen to monologues within the display and view the Hanging Out documentary. For the full programme of activities click the link on left

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    OPEN STUDIOS: Visit our Residents in their studios or out and about in the galleries to find out about their research, creative practice and work in progress.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Join Brazilian Residents Breno Pineschi, Eric Fuly & Robson Rozza for an afternoon celebrating the Rio Occupation London project. Create carnival style costumes with designers Eric and Robson before crafting cardboard bananas contributing to Breno's public artwork.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Spend a day exploring the cultural revolution after WWII through 50s glamour and the image of austere times, the modern housing estate and interiors.

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    4 DAY TEACHERS EVENT: Join this programme of creative activities including gallery talks, practical designing workshops and a chance to work on individual projects. You will also have opportunities to explore the V&A's collections andvisit the Museum's summer exhibitions.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Join the V&A and the other institutions on Exhibition Road to celebrate the work of emerging young artists, thinkers and musicians.

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    Saturday 28 July – Sunday 5 August (excluding Monday 30 July), until 22.00

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    LUNCTIME LECTURE: Hear Peter Wayne talk about the creation of this unique handmade volume of art, prose and poetry inspired by the London 2012 Olympics, his experiences of the 32 years spent in Her Majesty’s Prisons and the role he has seen art play within the penal system.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Enjoy an exciting array of displays, installations, talks and workshops at the 10th annual London Design Festival.

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    DIGITAL EVENT: Drop into the daily Digital Hub to join a community of design bloggers, digital inclusion designers and design writing students.

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    FREE TALK: Get to know how the designers showing at the London Design Festival started in the creative industry; the good times and the bad; the challenges of designing and setting up your own business.

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    DEMONSTRATION AND WORKSHOP: Join ARTS THREAD’s team of journalists for a talk and workshop to teach you how to use a Wordpress blog, to make the best use of facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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    TALK AND WORKSHOP: Get help with your online portfolio as part of your creative career with a talk, followed by a Q&A and portfolio surgery with industry experts.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Occupy Design UK presents work exposing and de-branding those responsible for the financial crisis.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Join leading figures from international design institutions and festivals as they discuss and share different approaches to presenting and exhibiting design around the world.

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    SCREENING: Learn about the environmentally damaging plastic waste in our oceans with this short film. In addition to existing consumer behaviour this has been propelled by the rise of consumption by the bulging middle classes in the growing economies.

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