News from the Learning Department

News from the Learning Department brings you stories about Learning Programmes covering all audiences: families, young people, schools and teachers, higher education students, adults, communities, and the creative industries. Our team of writers will take you behind the scenes of our programmes and bring you highlights of our events.

The Learning Department programmes events, activities, courses and projects to inspire creativity in all of our audiences. We also manage gallery interpretation, residency programmes and evaluation.

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New open call: VARI offsite international residency with Create

Exterior of Old Manor Park Library. Photo: Emil Charlaff The Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) and Create are seeking nominations and applications for a three-month international residency based at Create’s Rabbits Road Institute in East London.   Rabbits Road Institute is currently home to Rabbits Road Press, a community Risograph print studio and publishing press run […]

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Open call for sustainable fashion and textile design residency

  Greenpeace Detox Catwalk in Bandung © Greenpeace/ Hati Kecil Visuals. We are delighted to announce our second residency open call of the year, this time for a UK-based fashion or textile designer working with sustainable materials or processes (eg. circular economy, zero-waste design etc.) Coinciding with our upcoming exhibition ‘Fashioned from Nature’, the residency will take […]

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Taking sculptures for a walk: 3D printing and museum outreach

Taking the museum out of the walls of South Kensington to those who can’t make a visit is so important for making sure that culture and our collections are accessible to everyone. We want to share our approach with you so that you can try yourself and have some useful tips from what we learned […]

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Open call: inviting applications for new V&A Videogames Residency

  Arcade Backpack, UCLA Games Lab (Photo by Robin Baumgarten). We are delighted to announce our first open call of the year for a nine-month videogames residency coinciding with our upcoming exhibition Videogames: Design/ Play/ Disrupt.  We are inviting applications from UK-based artists, designers and makers involved in the videogames scene who wish to develop […]

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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 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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Winnie-the-Pooh inspired February half-term

From 10 – 18 February we welcomed families to the V&A to take part in inventive and playful activities inspired by our first family exhibition Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic. There were 17,569 instances of participation with the events programme which is a 13.5% increase on last year and a 23% increase on 2016. There was […]

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V&A Opera Residents to stage new Salome performance on Friday 19 January

  Soprano Philippa Boyle Our Opera Residents have been working with composer Oliver Brignall, soprano Philippa Boyle and costume designer Jean Chan to create a new performance inspired by the character of Salome in Richard Strauss’s Opera. Don’t miss the opportunity to see them on the opening night of the upcoming V&A Opera Weekender on Friday […]

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The Seeker: Reverse engineering the machine gaze

This is a guest blog-post by artist Nye Thompson. Nye will be presenting work from her latest project, The Seeker, as part of our monthly Digital Design Drop-in on Saturday 17 February. During the drop-in session, we will follow The Seeker for 24 hours as it travels around the world and attempts to understand the […]

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V&A Samsung Digital Classroom: jewellery design with Silvia Weidenbach

  The V&A’s Artist in Residence programme creates some incredible opportunities for us as educators to work with practioners across a range of disciplines. Last month as part of the V&A Samsung Digital Classroom, Silvia Weidenbach, Gilbert Collection Artist in Residence, led a workshop with budding young jewellery designers to explore the cutting edge design […]

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