Unlocked: V&A Photography Collections

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This study day lets you delve into the medium of photography and introduces you to the V&A’s photography collections and newly opened Photography Centre.

V&A Academy Unlocked days invite you behind the scenes, bringing you face-to-face with the V&A's extraordinary collections. Join us for a V&A curator-led object handling session that allows you to get up close to some of the V&A’s photography collection not currently on display. Join a V&A curator-led gallery tour to explore the new Photography Centre to learn about the selection process and design of this new gallery. Enjoy an introductory lecture by V&A Head of Photography Duncan Forbes to start your study day and find out how the V&A’s photography collections started and evolved.

This study day is designed to complement the 6-week online short course ‘Points of View: V&A Histories of Photography' led by V&A Senior Curator Martin Barnes but you do not need to be enrolled on any online course to join an 'Unlocked' event.

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Portrait of V&A Senior Curator of Photography Martin Barnes

V&A Senior Curator of Photography
Martin Barnes

Martin Barnes is Senior Curator of Photographs at the V&A which he joined in 1995. Since he has worked on the Photography Gallery and numerous temporary V&A exhibitions and publications. Previously, Martin worked for the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and studied at the University of Leicester and the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

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V&A Academy online courses let you tune in to expert lectures live, or catch up on demand; our in-person Unlocked Study Days invite you to delve deeper into course themes, explore the collection and let you design your own hybrid learning experience

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One-day course: Unlocked: V&A Photography Collections

17 November 2023


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