Museum of Childhood Closed from 18 March 2020 Menu

On 10 May, the V&A Museum of Childhood will be closing for a major transformation of the building, galleries and programmes. The RE-Invent festival on the last weekend before closure (8 – 10 May 2020) will offer visitors a chance to say hello and goodbye and be part of something special during this significant moment in the museum’s history.

The festival will include live music, performance, and a rich range of creative and interactive activities on the themes of Play, Imagination and Design. There will be opportunities to connect, collaborate and to make your mark.

We are seeking a design-led individual or collective to develop a highly visual installation that visitors can engage with over the course of festival, reflecting on the museum’s rich past and celebrating its transformation and future.
We are looking for artists and designers with a collaborative practice and experience working with people and involving communities within their work.

The project budget is £3000.

How to Apply
Please send a proposal explaining how you might approach this commission with examples of existing work to Helena Rice at Further information about the commission is in the brief below.


Deadline for applications is 9am on 2 March. We aim to select the artist by 7 March. The artist or designer will begin work immediately upon appointment and the commission will be installed in early May 2020.


V&A Museum of Childhood
Bethnal Green

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Exhibition - Jan von Holleben – Picture This!

Jan von Holleben – Picture This!

17 January until 10 May 2020

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Activity - Daily activities (term-time)

daily acitivites

Details of free drop-in activities taking place during term time, including arts and crafts, tours, trails and storytelling.

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V&A Museum of Childhood collections

Discover the national collection of Childhood related objects, from ideas to design, toys to schoolbooks. All Museum of Childhood Objects

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