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 December & September)

All events are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

28th October – Gal-dem

28th October – Gal-dem

This October the V&A is teaming up with online magazine and collective gal-dem. Made up of over 50 women of colour, gal-dem offers their take on the world. With an all-female line up, as we invite you to twerk to empowerment, share a soul food recipe and hear London's best MCs.

This is the first of two events in collaboration with gal-dem, as part of preparations for V&A East, our new museum planned for East London opening in 2021. Part two will be held close to the site of the new Museum in February 2017 - watch this space for further details!


Programme cover design by Leyla Reynolds

Grand Entrance
18.30 – 21.45
Bringing signature sounds straight from her residency on NTS Radio, A.G mixes old, new and alternative grime with electronica for a high energy set with a lot of bass!

Female MC Corner
Grand Entrance
20.30 – 21.45
The future of grime is being spearheaded by women. Challenging the industry of the past, in this final hour we shine a spotlight on female MCs. A.G and DJ Darkstepper go b2b, with Souljah, Flohio and Melz on the mic.
@Ayy_G @DJDarkstepper @iamLostSouljah @flohio16 @MelzArtist

Black History Tours
Meeting Point
18.30, 18.45, 19.00, 19.30, 20.00, 20.15
Discover objects relating to black women history in these guided tours through the Europe 1600-1815 Galleries. From slavery and plantation life to colonialism and biblical representations.

Middle Eastern Tours
Meeting Point
Behnaz Atighi Moghaddam, V&A Research Assistant, leads a guided tour through the Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art. Uncover objects in the collection which tell stories of women in the Middle East.

The Golden Age
Medieval & Renaissance, Room 50b
The Paul and Jill Ruddock Gallery
Inspired by 90s nostalgia and music videos, Ibiye Camp creates wearable artworks on denim. Baggy jeans and bucket hats are transformed into portraits of fan culture. From Aaliyah to Angela Davis celebrate inspirational figures in this hand-painted fashion show.

Black in the Day
South Asia, Room 41
The Nehru Gallery
Built from images shared from personal photo albums, Black in the Day is an online archive and visual timeline tracing the everyday lives of black people in Britain. Bring along your snaps to be scanned and contribute to this collective family album.

Speak Up
Raphael, Room 48a
Arts 19.00 – 19.30
Music 20.00 – 20.30
Politics 21.00 – 21.30
Chaired by Zahra Swanzy, founder of newspaper zine ROADFEMME, join us as we unpick what it means to be a woman of colour across three industries; arts, music and politics. Speakers include: Ayishat Akanbi, Eloise King, Emerald Rose Lewis, Klein, Danai Mavunga, Meltem Avicil, Nadia Vogel, Chante Joseph and Eleanor Lisney.

Fashion, Room 40
Bringing their monthly exhibition and club night to the V&A, BBZ invites you to immerse yourself in the culture of queer, trans, non-binary folk and women of colour. From DJ sets to voguing, fashion to photography, film to illustration.

gal – dem
Sculpture, Room 21a
The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries
Meet the gang behind gal-dem. Watch film series ‘Interlude’, flick through their newly published magazine and scroll the online archive.

Soulfood Kitchen
18.45 – 19.45
Hosted by Jasmine Brienburg, Soulfood Kitchen is an online cooking show. Filmed from her family kitchen in Deptford, recipes are inspired by West African, Caribbean and South East Asian ingredients found at the local market. Tonight learn how to cook spinach and plantain stew, with special guest and acclaimed musician, Klein.

Unmasked Women: Identity
Daylight Gallery
Unmasked Women is an exhibition programme channelling the black British female experience. In this, their second exhibition, they explore mental health and identity through spoken word performances, photography and live illustration.

London Wall 19.80. Something: Move
19.00, 20.00, 21.00
Sculpture, Room 111
The Gilbert Bays Gallery
Artist Stella Odunlami reimages her audio piece ‘London Wall 19.80. Something: Move’, in this new performance which explores coming of age in the capital.

The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
20.00 – 20.30 and 20.45 – 21.15
Does twerking objectify or empower? We can't seem to make our minds up. Join personal trainer Kelechi Okafor in this workshop, which traces the history of this dance form from Africa via New Orleans to its recent mainstream popularisation.

Reel Good Film Club
Tapestries, Room 94
Reel Good Film Club transport you back to an MTV bedroom. Lie down and look up for a rolling programme of music videos that celebrate the innovation and creativity of the 90s UK music scene.

WAH London
Reception, Leaning Centre
First started as a hip-hop zine by founder Sharmadean Reid, WAH London evolved into a nail bar to create a space for girls to hang out. Standing for much more than glossy manicures, come to this pop-up salon and get nail art with attitude.

Lunchroom, Learning Centre
Inspired by DIY cultures and blacksploitation films, artist Libita Clayton asks you to Resist Flow. Using found material and reimagining items of black heritage from the V&A collection, cut-up and create a badge.

On Confidence, Scribbles and Celebration
Europe 1600 – 1815 Galleries
The Salon, Room 4
19.45 – 20.45
Join Lotte Anderson, Art Director and founder of MAXILLA, and Lynette Nylander, Managing Editor of iD, in a talk which explores the role of confidence and challenges you to find your voice.

Reading Room
National Art Library
Flick through gal-dem’s favourite authors of colour. Selecting 40 titles, from fiction to poetry, discover a handwritten explanation tucked inside each book. Add your recommendations to a timeline that documents the last century of female British writers of colour. Readings will happen every 15 min from 20.00.

gal-dem Friday Late has kindly been supported by Foundation for FutureLondon as part of the Foundations programme.

Visiting Friday Late

All visitors to Friday Late should use the main entrance on Cromwell Road. If you are a V&A Member, Corporate Member or hold a ticket to an exhibition please use the Exhibition Road entrance.

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

Exhibition tickets are available from the Exhibition ticket desks. Tickets are subject to availability, and no booking fee applies. Please note tills close at 20.30.

Drinks are available in the Grand Entrance throughout the evening and in the John Madejski Garden. Food and drinks will be served in the Café until 21.00.

Filming and photography will take place at this event.


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