Friday Late

The original contemporary late night event. Friday Late celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design in society, bringing audiences face-to-face with leading and emerging artists and designers through live performance, film, installation, debate, DJs and late-night exhibition openings.

Friday Late is FREE and drop in
Last Friday in every month (except May & December)

All events are free and places are designated on a first-come, first-served basis, unless stated otherwise. Filming and photography will take place throughout the evening.

Please note, if the Museum reaches capacity we will allow access on a one-in, one-out basis.


Don’t forget your Passport - 25 August 2017

Don’t forget your Passport - 25 August 2017

Escape the city and let us take you on a trip as the August Friday Late goes on holiday. Journey through the V&A collection on a treasure hunt which takes you around the world. From sun cream to swimsuits, stay poolside and learn about how independent designers are rethinking our holiday essentials. Question the future of the British passport, unpack the best summer reads and create your own ice cream flavours.

Cadillac Soundsystem
Cromwell Road Entrance
18.30 – 21.45
DJ duo Cadillac Soundsystem bring a blend of Balearic beats, African flavours, underground disco and deep melodic house.

Medieval & Renaissance, Room 50b - The Paul and Jill Ruddock Gallery
SUNDAY LONDON embraces cultural diversity and different body shapes, creating reversible swimwear with bold prints. Join designer and founder Fallanne Tanya as she discusses how she challenges the fashion industry portrayal of women and the inspiration behind the brand. | @sundaylondon

South-East Asia, Room 47a and Korea, Room 47g
Wonder through abstract landscapes by textile designer Katherine Plumb. Hung overhead, step into oversized imagery inspired by a trip to California, created through graphic patterns and bright primary colours. | @kjplumb

Sub-Zero Ice Cream
Art Studio, Sackler Centre for arts education
18.30, 19.00, 19.30, 20.00, 20.30, 21.00, 21.30
Please note this workshop has a limited capacity. Sign up from 18.30
Reimagine the humble 99 flake. Step into Four Winters science lab and harness the power of liquid nitrogen to create your own ice cream flavour. Learn how a blast of pressurised nitrogen flash-freezes the milk leaving molecules floating, before working together to create a new taste sensation. | @FourWintersUK

THATMuse: Treasure Hunt At The Museum
Lunchroom, Sackler Centre for arts education
Please note this workshop has a limited capacity. Sign up from 18.30
Journey through the V&A collection on a treasure hunt. Globe-trot across galleries and team up to track down objects inspired by travel. From the Silk Road to the Crusades and the Grand Tour, work together to decipher clues and pose for a snap next to your findings, as you race against the clock to be the winning team. | @THAT_Muse_

Future Passport
Hochhauser Auditorium, Level one, Sackler Centre for arts education
The passport is a unique symbol of national identity and a critical piece of national infrastructure. How do you design a passport, juggling design and security? Question who passports should be designed for and how innovations in bio-data is affecting our privacy. Speakers include Corinna Gardner; Senior Curator of Design and Digital at the V&A, Julian Payne; Creative Director De La Rue, the world's biggest producer of passports, Ben Hobson; Dezeen Studio Director.
@always__curious | @Dezeen | @DeLaRuePlc

Own Your Tone
Reception, Sackler Centre for arts education
Whether you’re home or abroad this bank holiday, sun protection matters. Drop in to chat to Cancer Research UK experts about sun myths and see how swimwear has changed over time. Learn how you can #ownyourtone and get creative to customise your own sun hat. | @CR_UK

Collapsible Hardcase
Fashion, Room 40
Space at home is at a premium and that’s why the designers behind Neit Luggage are reimaging the suitcase. Travel through the design process, exploring the different prototypes stages for this collapsible hardcase. Learn how founder Christian Cook was inspired by forms in nature such as the armadillo's shell to create a case which folds down to 3 inches when flat. | @neitcase

The PYLOT Journey
Lecture Theatre, Level 4 - The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
PYLOT Magazine uses all analogue photography and no beauty retouching. Creative Directors Max Barnett and Patricia Villirillo, are joined by Burberry and American Vogue photographer Tom Johnson and curator Cheryl Newman to discuss how they use photography to transport readers across the globe through capturing and retelling unique encounters. | @PYLOTMagazine

Pool Party
The John Madejski Garden
18.30 – 21.30
Stay poolside with independent swim swimwear brand SUNDAY LONDON. Celebrating different body shapes, join them as they bring bright and bold patterns to the garden transforming it into the perfect pool party. Take a towel, lay back and enjoy the summer vibes. | @sundaylondon

Born N Bread
The John Madejski Garden
18.30 – 21.30
Bringing signature sounds and feel-good tracks straight from their NTS Radio show, Born N Bread line up a DJ set packed with a mixture of hip-hop and R&B for tonight’s pool party. | @bornnbread_uk

Escape Time
The Raphael Cartoons, Room 48a
19.15, 20.15, 21:15
Join Dr Helga Schmid for a performance which explores our current time-crisis and the oh so familiar feeling of ‘no time’. Free yourself from the boundaries of clocks and calendars to open up new ways of understanding and using time in relation to the human body. Smash the clock–it’s time for blue-sky thinking.

Beach Books
Paintings, Room 82 - The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries
Stack is a subscription service that sends out a different, surprise independent magazine every month, and they’ve selected some of their favourites for you. Whether you’re off on a long haul flight or putting your feet up this bank holiday, let them help you pick the right read. Take a spin Stack’s gameshow-style wheel of fortune to win a beautiful independent magazine. What magazine will you land on? | @stackmagazines

V&A Exhibition Road Quarter Shop
Outdated, unfashionable and charming, airport carpets have become the back drop for many flip flop selfies. From LHR to PDX and HKG, stopover in the world’s most famous international airports in this projection of the best airport carpets submitted through the hashtag #airportcarpet on Instagram.

Dezeen Passport Display
National Art Library
19.00 – 21.30
Please note coats and bags are not permitted in the Library. Please leave these items in the cloakroom.
Brexit is a certainty and that means the UK will need a new passport to replace the current EU document. Exploring an identity in flux, design blog Dezeen ran an unofficial competition to redesign the passport. Flick through a selection of submitted proposals, alongside the winning design by Scottish graphic designer Ian Macfarlane. | @Dezeen

Postcard Home
Silver, Room 68 - The Whiteley Galleries
Sending a postcard back home is a holiday tradition. Uncover why we still love this old-fashioned form of communication and stop by Not-Another-Bill postal trike to send a postcard from your travels. | @notanotherbill

Programme cover design by Studio Mut


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