We're creating a national museum dedicated to young people, from early years to teens – a space to imagine, play and design. We want to unlock your creativity and connect you with inspiring objects, projects and people from across the V&A's vast collection of art, design and performance.
The things around us can shape and improve our lives – they reflect what matters to us. Our clothes, books, possessions and games are important because they say something about us, the world we live in, and how we live in it.
Over the last year the lives of young people have dramatically changed. Young V&A will explore some of the social and environmental issues facing young generations, and look at how we can talk about what is going on around us – to make a difference through creativity. For example, we have recently acquired a skateboard owned by the brilliant Olympic medallist Sky Brown, who says:
When kids skate, they forget about what they might be struggling through, and just think about happiness. I hope that when people see me, the smallest girl, doing the highest trick, that they think they can do anything, too. I'm so excited that my skateboard will go on show at Young V&A and love the idea of a museum that only exists to inspire young people and help them discover their superpowers. The sky is the limit!
While we're building Young V&A, we're working with schools and organisations near our museum building in London's Bethnal Green, asking the people there what they want to see, and what they want to say about ideas such as community, sustainable fashion and family. If you'd like to take part, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three new gallery spaces, Play, Imagine and Design, will showcase the vast scope of the V&A's collections – from 5000 years ago to today – through interactive displays, dedicated workshops, and spaces for hands-on making. Young visitors will be invited to develop creative skills through performance, play and design, with an amphitheatre-style stage in Imagine, a free-play construction area in Play, and a working Open Studio in Design.
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Young V&A will open its doors in 2023. Sign-up for email updates: