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    OPEN STUDIO: Winner of last year’s British Ceramics Biennual Award and the Jerwood Makers Open in 2012, Nao Matsunaga will be our ceramicist in residence until October 2014 in our ceramics studio on level 6.

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    Thumbnail for Book Launch: The Golden Lands by Vikram Lall

    SPECIAL EVENT: Hear the author Vikram Lall, speak about the Architecture of the Buddhist World and the process of researching the sites covered in the book series. Golden Lands is the first ever book series focusing solely on the architecture of Buddhism, exploring historical and modern sites across the world.

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    Thumbnail for The Craft Campaign: The Mini Protest Banner

    SPECIAL EVENT: Provoke thought and discussion on global poverty and human rights injustices in this Craft Campaign workshop.

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    Thumbnail for Ella Doran Design

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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    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

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    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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    Thumbnail for Jim Sutherland on Joy in Graphic Design

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    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

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    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

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    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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    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

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    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

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    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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    Thumbnail for The Importance of an Online Portfolio as part of your Creative Career

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    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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    Thumbnail for TypeTasting with Sarah Hyndman

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Join graphic designer Sarah Hyndman for an interactive talk full of demonstrations about how typefaces influence what we read.

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    Thumbnail for David Pearson and Jim Stoddart on Designing for Penguin

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Designer David Pearson and Penguin Books art director Jim Stoddart will discuss various Penguin book cover design projects from the past ten years.

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    Thumbnail for Running a Design Business - A Design Week Session

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Design Week presents a session on how to run a design business. Featuring SomeOne co-founder Gary Holt, Interabang co-founder Adam Giles and illustrator Lizzie Mary Cullen.

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    Thumbnail for Irma Boom Introduced By D&AD's Last President Laura Jordan-Bambach

    SPECIAL EVENT: Amsterdam-based Irma Boom specialises in bookmaking. Boom will present work, talk about her design process and also highlight the importance of books and why she still designs them.

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    Thumbnail for Speed Racer: film screening and introduction

    SPECIAL EVENT: In his introduction to Speed Racer (Directors Lana and Andy Wachowski, USA 2008 / 135mins / Certificate PG), award-winning games designer, filmmaker and curator David Surman celebrates the kitsch beauty of the film's world and its unapologetically vibrant design in an age of cookie-cutter blockbusters.

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    Thumbnail for B3 Short Cuts

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    SPECIAL EVENT: B3 Media presents Short Cuts, a unique digital shorts showcase featuring innovative projects by multi-ethnic creative talent (film, moving image, animation and digital arts) plus Q&As with award-winning filmmaker Rungano Nyoni (Mwansa The Great, The List) and Kibwe Tavares (Jonah, Robots of Brixton).

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    Thumbnail for Country House - Past, Present and Future

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Join Marcus Binney, architectural historian, as he introduces 40 years of championing Britain’s architectural heritage.

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    Thumbnail for Design through Craft

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert will discuss his work and collaboration with Perrier Jouet and Lamberts Glass in their creation of ‘Human Nature' at the V&A as part of the London Design Festival.

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    Thumbnail for Open Studio: Exhibition Road Drawing Resident, Liam O'Connor

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Visit artist Liam O’Connor’s studio to learn more about his work, inspired by London and its architecture, and see what he has been working on during his residency in response to our Exhibition Road building site.

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    Thumbnail for Gallery Talk: Military Secret by James Rigler

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Join James Rigler in a short gallery talk to hear more about his work inside Trajan’s column, and also his wider practice as a ceramicist.

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    Thumbnail for Global Design Forum: Let there be light

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Let there be light: the future of illumination

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    Thumbnail for Stanley Picker Gallery Presents WWW.PILOTSCHANNEL.ORG

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Celebrating the launch of a new online resource and a publication promoting experimental models of design education, a group of Pilots participants re-convene to reflect upon and continue dialogues, one year on from the first sessions held at the Stanley Picker Gallery (Kingston University).

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    Thumbnail for The Wish List - A Conversation with the Design Team

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    SPECIAL EVENT: The Wish List – A Conversation with the Design Team, Chaired by Edwin Heathcote

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    Thumbnail for Design for Social Impact

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    SPECIAL EVENT: How can the design of our built environment support wellbeing and thriving communities?

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    Thumbnail for The Future of Money Method & Dalton Maag

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    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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    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

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    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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    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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    Thumbnail for Design: Managing the Legacy

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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

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    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 Gallery Talk: Digital Design Resident, The T/Shirt Issue

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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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    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

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    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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    Thumbnail for Deconstructed by Apofena

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Deconstructed is a non-commercial, highest level moving image project. This interdisciplinary piece is a result of an advanced filming technology, computer graphic techniques and most of all, an advanced creative process.

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    Thumbnail for Global Design Forum: Curating Design

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Traditional museum and gallery exhibitions are having to adapt to new ways of curating and showcasing design.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Felix de Pass, Michael Montgomery and Ian McIntyre meet to discuss their installation at the V&A, Candela, sponsored by Panerai. The designers will talk about the project’s concept and development, working with phosphorescent materials and the experience of working as a multi-disciplinary team.

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    Thumbnail for No Place Like Home: Co-Design for a British Crisis - Tilt

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Design and architecture practice Studio TILT has gained an international reputation for its unique codesign methodology.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Join artist Rose Frain as she speaks about her recent work, including This Time in History, an installation that combines objects selected from the V&A with her original art works.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Multi-disciplinery designers Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby will discuss their work and collaboration with the BMW Group in their creation of 'Double Space for BMW' at the V&A – a highlight of the London Design Festival at the V&A programme this year.

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

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Join our Digital Design Residents, The T/shirt Issue, for an exclusive talk and Q&A session at the Goethe Institut London, just up the road from the V&A.

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    Thumbnail for Deconstructed Seminar: Apofena

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Deconstructed is a non-commercial, highest level moving image project.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Join curator Catherine Flood for an introduction to Disobedient Objects, the first exhibition to examine the powerful role of objects in movements for social change.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Working in design means looking for opportunities that come through others.

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    Thumbnail for Envisioning the Future of Design, a Cre-Am Workshop

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Come and join us for two exciting workshops organized by the CRe-AM team! Help us advise the European Commission on how to invest in the fields of design and ICT by telling us what you think tomorrow will look like.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: How do you create a contemporary display about the world’s most popular 450-year-old playwright, and bring it bang up to date with the latest in design?

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    Thumbnail for Disobedient Objects - Part I. Protest Design

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Join Noel Douglas, artist, designer and activist, for a talk about designing in a disobedient context.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Join Disobedient Objects designers Line Lund, Jonathan Barnbrook and Marwan Kaabour to hear about how they approached designing the exhibition – the challenges of showing objects of protest and activism in a national museum, and their solutions for maintaining context and liveness of the material.

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    Thumbnail for Pop-Up Workshop: Monoprint Bunting

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Celebrate London life in this monoprint workshop.

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    Thumbnail for In Conversation With Zeev Aram: 50 Years Of Design In London

    SPECIAL EVENT: Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the legendary London design store Aram, owner and founder Zeev Aram will take part in a special talk dedicated to his life and role in the development of the capital’s design scene.

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    Thumbnail for 1000 Londoners: Design in London

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    SPECIAL EVENT: A new challenge has been set by 1000 Londoners to find short documentary films that express the diversity of people whose lives are involved in design.

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    Thumbnail for Introducing Wedding Dresses 1775-2014

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Join V&A Curator of Textiles and Fashion Edwina Ehrman for an exclusive introduction to the spectacular exhibition Wedding Dresses 1775-2014.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Join us for a weekend of events celebrating contemporary digital art and design. It will include interactive installations, robotics, tinkering and inventive electronics, workshops, family activities, demonstrations and more.

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    Thumbnail for Open House London: V&A Study Centre, Blythe House

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Glimpse inside the V&A Study Centre at Blythe House near Olympia, including new reception area by Haworth Tompkins and display of Eduardo Paolozzi's Krazy Kat Arkive of Twentieth-Century Popular Culture.

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    Thumbnail for Open House London: Clothworkers Centre, Blythe House

    SPECIAL EVENT: Glimpse inside the V&A Study Centre at Blythe House near Olympia, and take a tour of The Clothworkers' Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion.

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    Thumbnail for A.I. Artificial Intelligence: film screening and introduction

    SPECIAL EVENTS: Watch A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Director Stephen Spielberg, USA 2001 / 145mins / Certificate 12) and hear Professor Mark Bishop, a world authority on computer intelligence, introduce the dazzling sci-fi created by Kubrick and Spielberg.

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    DEMONSTRATION: Watch Geoffrey Preston demonstrate the techniques used in making Renaissance sculpture in relief in stucco.

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    Thumbnail for Mind & Soul Choir…Take the Stage

    SPECIAL EVENT: Join the Mind and Soul choir for a special performance to mark World Mental Health day.

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