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Neil Brownsword: Factory

Neil Brownsword is the current V&A Korea UK Ceramics Resident until the end of March 2018. His work is represented in public/private collections internationally, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Korea Ceramic Foundation, Yingee Ceramic Museum Taiwan and Fu Le International Ceramic Art Museum China. In 2009, he was awarded the inaugural British Ceramic Biennial […]

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Collecting Textiles at the Victoria and Albert Museum: first insights (II)

The South Kensington Museum continued to increase its textile collection between 1880 and 1900. During this period the museum acquired significant items, such as the so-called Coptic textiles from Egypt, or velvets such 81a-b-1892 or 334-1886. Here I am highlighting those related to the Interwoven project. This blog considers two very different contributions to the […]

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Pattern Book: A new performance by Neil Brownsword in collaboration with Paul Holdway

In culmination of his six-month residency at the V&A, ceramics resident Neil Brownsword will be presenting a new performative installation in the museum’s day lit galleries on Friday 20 and Saturday 21st April between 11 am and 5 pm. Chinoiserie sketch, Pattern Book, Neil Brownsword 2018 For nearly two decades Neil Brownsword has highlighted endangered forms […]

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Guest Post: ‘Castaway!’ – David washed ashore in the antipodes

David’s eye. NAS Drawing Department cast.

Lorraine Kypiotis is a lecturer in Art History and Theory at National Art School in Sydney To view the remnants of the facial features of Michelangelo’s David at the National Art School in Sydney is somewhat like considering the curious pieces of flotsam and jetsam washed ashore after a tropical storm. They are, in so many […]

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A small segment of a masterpiece

The V&A will take a piece of the Brutalist estate Robin Hood Gardens to Venice this summer, thanks to the Dr Martin Roth Memorial Fund. Christopher Turner explores how architecture determined the success and failure of this landmark social housing project.   The claw of a yellow crane breaks through the concrete floor of a […]

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Time capsules, finding the unexpected in buildings and objects – Part 3

Package of Hudson's extract of soap found inside one of the monumental casts in gallery 46 A. Image, J. Puisto © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

The secrets in the Cast Courts One of the joys of working in the Cast Courts at the V&A, is the opportunity to examine the casts up-close. Surprisingly many of them conceal peculiar items which have been hidden inside them for a very long time. The items we find consist of, fragments of cleaning materials, […]

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Collecting Textiles at the Victoria and Albert Museum: first insights (I)

The V&A textile collection is one of the most important in the world because of the wide range of raw materials, techniques, places of production and time periods it covers. The Interwoven project focuses on textiles and ecclesiastical vestments related to Spain, especially, those from the Middle Ages and Early Modern period, velvets and embroideries (for more […]

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Guest blog post: Hearing Futures: gamification and virtual reality in the next generation of hearing aid technology

This is a guest blog post by Yuli Levtov (Reactify) of the European Funded project, 3D Tune-In. Over 90 million people in Europe currently suffer from hearing loss and, due to an ageing population, this number is likely to continue to increase. While hearing aid technologies have dramatically advanced in the last 25 years, people’s […]

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V&A announces Malene Hartmann Rasmussen as their V&A Danish Ceramics Resident

We are delighted to announce our next ceramic resident Malene Hartmann Rasmussen, who will start her six month residency in April 2018. During her residency Rasmussen will have a series of Open Studios where you can immerse yourself in exquisitely crafted ceramic works inspired by mythological creatures and the hidden realms of the unconscious mind. […]

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Fashioned from Nature

Waistcoat of figured silk

Written by Edwina Ehrman, Senior Curator of Fashioned from Nature Fashioned from Nature explores the fabric of fashion –  from flowers and insects embroidered on fine linen and sumptuous silks glinting with metal threads to textured rayon animal prints and fascinating new materials made from waste. It celebrates fashion’s innovation and creativity, and the inspiration it […]

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