Friday Late is back for 2022!

March 22, 2022
Diamante toast and fried egg with 'FRIDAY LATE' in yellow text over the top
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

We’re back! For over 20 years our Friday Late programme has been bringing visitors face-to-face with leading and emerging designers and artists, transforming the museum through an evening of live performance, installations, film, debate and hands-on workshops – all programmed around a theme. We’re now ready to open our doors again to thousands of visitors after hours, creating a space for creativity, self-expression and critical dialogue around contemporary issues.

Two people walking through the sculpture gallery, holding a Friday Late map
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The first Friday Late of 2022 will take place on Friday 25 March, exploring the world of Pretty Useless Things. Design prides itself on ‘usefulness’ and problem-solving – putting forward innovations in the hope of making the world a better place. This emphasis sidelines aesthetics, decoration, and adornment as secondary, perhaps even unnecessary. And yet, as museum collections can testify, we are enduringly attracted to beautiful things with little purpose. In response to designer Charles Eames’ statement: “whoever said pleasure wasn’t functional”, this Friday Late questions the role of aesthetics in our modern world.

Diamante burger, fries and cup on a table
© Sara Shakeel

Later in the year we’ll become your dancefloor for April’s Friday Late, taking place on the International Day of Dance during the V&A Performance Festival. In the summer we’ll be celebrating themes explored in the major exhibitions Fashioning Masculinities and Africa Fashion. We’ll also be casting a spotlight on the shared cultures, rituals and histories of India and Pakistan in the July Friday Late, marking 75 years of each country’s independence. In September, Friday Late will once again coincide with London Design Festival in the museum, celebrating leading and emerging designers and asking what role design can play in making society more equitable in an age of climate crisis.

Friday Late is free and drop-in. Find out more about March’s Pretty Useless Things Late.

DJ and people dancing at the V&A, with sculptures in the background
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Keep an eye on the Friday Late webpage and our social channels to hear more, or sign up to our mailing list to never miss a Late!

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