By donating to this appeal you will directly help to create access to the arts for millions of others, including the next generation of innovators in the fields of fashion, design, art and architecture. Who might you inspire with your donation?
The Exhibition Road project is our biggest architectural development in over a century. We still need £2.5 million to complete it and we are calling on all lovers of the arts to help open the gates to Exhibition Road.
Once opened, you will be able to enjoy new experiences in a state-of-the-art gallery, performances and installations in a public courtyard, re-opened learning facilities, easy connection from neighbouring museums through a new V&A entrance, and more.
Will you help improve access to the arts?
Explore the project
Take a journey into the new areas of the Exhibition Road project, through the video below. All architect’s impressions are courtesy of AL_A.
To help make this project a reality in 2017 please support this appeal today.
Why your support is vital
The V&A is a charity and we rely on generous donations from individuals like you. Through past fundraising appeals you have helped to successfully acquire and restore precious individual objects. With your support we can now achieve an even greater feat; together we can open the gates to a world of inspiring new experiences of the arts, for all.
Whether you can give £25 or £25,000 all donations will help to complete this project, and are greatly appreciated. If you donate £500 or more then you will be invited to experience a closer view of the Museum, on your choice of either a V&A roof-top tour or behind-the-scenes tour.
Thank you for your support
Ways to give
- Donate online
- Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 2271 selecting Option 3, 09.30 - 17.30
- Bank transfer: please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details
- Cheque: please make cheques payable to The Victoria and Albert Museum and post with your details to Appeals Manager, Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL
For any questions about your donation please contact our Appeals Manager, Erica Wark, using the telephone number or email above.
Open the gates
One of the elements which still require funding are the entrance gates to the entire project. With your help, a series of 11 gateways will be installed in the Aston Webb screen. When open, the gates will transform the face of the V&A along Exhibition Road, and how you can access the Museum.
When closed, the perforated gate design will offer thousands of windows to the world of art and design inside. The gates will be robustly engineered yet sympathetically designed. The perforations will reference the pattern of the shrapnel damage which was sustained by the Aston Webb screen during World War II.
The first V&A Director, Henry Cole, had always intended to create a public courtyard in this space off Exhibition Road. At the time, it was required for the Museum boilers, which resulted in the Aston Webb screen being built in 1909 to conceal them from public view.
Please give generously today to fulfil the vision of a public courtyard and extend access to the Museum.
There are other essential project items which still require funding.
We have planned purpose-built object preparation facilities which will enable experts to treat all incoming loan items on site and to better protect and preserve the existing V&A collections, meaning they can be on display for many more years to come.
Out of sight, on the roof of the loading bay of the new facilities, we have planned a ‘green roof’ which will support struggling populations of bees and the local ecosystem.
Your donation can help to complete important behind-the-scenes elements of the project, as well as the highly visible entrance gates.
The project to date
Many elements of the project have received funding and are well under way; the new Sackler Courtyard will be the first public porcelain courtyard in Europe and will provide much needed outdoor public space at the heart of the South Kensington museum district. This is due to be serviced by an additional V&A café and shop.
Beneath the courtyard, cutting-edge engineering capabilities have enabled us to craft an expansive, column-free exhibition space. The Sainsbury Gallery will allow designers greater freedom to create renowned V&A temporary exhibitions and will provide the best possible conditions for displaying objects.
The Blavatnik Hall will form a new welcome to the V&A from Exhibition Road, with views to The John Madejski Garden and surrounding galleries. From here you will be able to access The Sainsbury Gallery beneath, the re-opened Sackler Centre for arts education, and the entire Museum beyond.
We look forward to welcoming you to the new facilities in 2017. To make the project completion possible please do lend your support, so that together we can open the gates to Exhibition Road.