ON AT THE V&A IN JUNE 2004
- includes half-term events for kids -
20 MAY - 30 AUGUST 2004
Shhh... is a journey through the V&A featuring new music by an eclectic
mix of leading musicians and artists who have created work inspired by
the objects and spaces in the museum. The exhibition features work by
Gillian Wearing, Cornelius, David Byrne, Elisabeth Fraser, Faultline,
Jane and Louise Wilson, Jeremy Deller, Leila Arab, Roots Manuva and Simon
Fisher Turner. Visitors are invited to pick up a set of headphones and
follow a trail of sounds through the galleries of the V&A
THE V&A GARDEN
28 MAY - 11 JULY 2004
For six weeks, the V&A is transforming its garden with a summer show
of ten garden shed installations by contemporary artists and designers
including Tracy Emin and Tord Boontje. The Other Flower Show will feature
works inspired by gardens and flowers in ten individual garden sheds.
Taking place in the Year of Gardening 2004, The Other Flower Show provides
a creative alternative to the Chelsea Flower Show taking art into the
garden and flowers out of the greenhouse. The installations include sound,
lighting, interactive designs and visual art.
28 MAY 2004
18.00 - 22.00
The V&A is celebrating the opening of The Other Flower Show with a
special Garden Party. Late View visitors will be among the first to explore
the ten garden shed installations by artists and designers such as Tracey
Emin and Tord Boontje. They can also use fresh flowers to create a floral
court dress in a 'Flowers by Numbers' project by garden designer Andrew
Fisher Tomlin. There will be a field of flowers installation in the Sculpture
Gallery, and Simon Percival's water sculpture, Echo, will be on display.
DJ Mike Flowers will spin his floral grooves while budding artists make
paper flowers at the Origami bars or follow garden themed curator tours
around the museum.
THE CITY III
25 JUNE 2004, 6.30pm - 10.00pm
The V&A, in collaboration with the Arts Council England, presents
Sense and the City III to mark Architecture Week with installations and
events providing an evening of architectural exploration. Artist Lucy
Orta will create a series of installations featuring people called Nexus
Architecture throughout the V&A. Artist Jason Bruges's work, Infinity
Ceiling, will feature clouds drifting across banners suspended above the
entrance. 'Lone Twin' will give a performance attempting to read the entire
London A-Z index. There will be tours around the V&A with top architects
including Eva Jiricna and Eric Parry. The 'Bring and Share' DJs invite
visitors to bring their favourite CDs and vinyl to be incorporated into
a sense and the city music session which will rock the Pirelli Garden.
UNTIL 11 JULY 2004
In association with Motorola
The V&A's first major exhibition of the work of Vivienne Westwood,
one of the most influential designers of the last 30 years. The exhibition
is the largest ever dedicated to a British designer and features more
than 150 designs mainly from the V&A's collection and Vivienne Westwood's
personal archive. It examines Westwood's extraordinary career from the
early punk days to grand ball gowns inspired by the V&A's historic
collections. On show are provocative punk clothing worn by the Sex Pistols,
Westwood's influential interpretations of the corset, crinoline and bustle,
and designs inspired by the idea of 'Britishness' such as tartan and tweed.
A CENTENARY RETROSPECTIVE
TO 25 JULY 2004
The V&A celebrates the centenary of the birth of Bill Brandt (1904-83),
one of the most important photographers of modern times, with a major
exhibition and an international conference. The exhibition presents 155
vintage gelatin-silver prints from the Bill Brandt Archive and is the
most important Brandt exhibition for over 30 years. Brandt's best-known
work documents the vivid social contrasts in Britain during the World
Wars. He also photographed the landscapes of 'Literary Britain' and a
pantheon of great artists and writers, as well as creating his outstanding
series 'Perspective of Nudes'. Bill Brandt: A Centenary Retrospective
is curated by John-Paul Kernot and organised by The Bill Brandt Archive.
There is a symposium about Bill Brandt at the V&A on Saturday 1 May.
Call 020 7942 2211 for details.
BY DESIGN: CLOTHES ACROSS CONTINENTS
29 MAY 2004 - 9 JANUARY 2005
The V&A puts on display 54 outfits from around the world including
a 19th century woman's coat from Serbia adorned with dramatically embroidered
swirls and flowers and designs from Asia, Africa and Europe. Intricate
applied decoration and gold embroidery are among the techniques employed
on these spectacular garments, some of which have never been displayed
before. The display comes from the V&A's diverse and remarkable historic
collections which inspired the accompanying V&A book, Dress In Detail
from Around the World.
LEWIS (1804/5 - 1876)
26 MAY 2004 TO DECEMBER 2004
SPECIAL PAINTINGS GALLERY DISPLAY
A display of minutely detailed watercolours and drawings by this gifted
Victorian painter, including early sketches as well as celebrated Orientalist
works in the watercolours room of the new paintings galleries.
***HALF-TERM FOR KIDS***
EVERY OBJECT TELLS A STORY AT THE V&A
SATURDAY 29 MAY - SUNDAY 6 JUNE, 11.00 - 17.00 LUNCHROOM
This half term, the V&A is holding a family event linked to Every
Object Tells a Story - a website all about objects and stories. Borrow
a digital camera and explore the museum collections together, then work
with professional artists to manipulate your images and create a collaborative
story and t-shirt design.
This is a joint project with Ultralab and Channel 4 and has been funded
by Culture Online, part of the DCMS. ID required for cameral loan. Last
camera issued at 15.45. Allow at least one hour for this activity.
Visit www.vam.ac.uk/everyobject for images created in previous events.
SHAKERS AT THE MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD, BETHNAL GREEN
31 MAY - 3 JUNE, 12-3PM
Explore the weird and wonderful world of moving and optical toys! Create
optical illusions, enjoy toy demonstrations, make your own acrobat tumbling
toy or learn how to dance like a robot. Free of charge. All Ages. No booking
EVA JURICNA LECTURE - NEW EUROPEAN ARCHITECTURE IN BRITAIN WEDNESDAY 2
JUNE, 19.15 - 20.05 LECTURE THEATRE In partnership with the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office. Introduced by Europe Minister Denis MacShane this
talk pays tribute to the work of Central European Architects in Britain.
Renowned Czech architect Eva Juricna gives her thoughts on designing in
Britain. Tickets are £3.50 - £8.30. Call the V&A bookings
office for tickets: 020 7942 2211
SATURDAY 12 & SUNDAY 13 JUNE
ROOM 126, BRITISH GALLERIES, 14.00-17.00
Watch the artist Monica Janssens create designs based on 18th century
KIDS AT THE V&A
EVERY SATURDAY 10.30-17.00
Children can hoist a Back-Pack on their shoulders and embark upon an adventure
across the Museum. Back-Pack tours are full of exciting hands-on activities
related to the collections. There are eight Back-Packs to choose from:
Chinese Treasures, Metal Detector, The Explorer, The Antique Detective,
Magic Glasses, Fancy Furnishings, Murder Mystery and The Emperor's Party.
Activities can last 30-45 minutes. For children aged 5-12 years.
THE ACTIVITY CART
EVERY SUNDAY 10.30 -17.00
Explore the Museum's collections through drawing and making activities.
The Activity Cart is sited in a different gallery each weekend. Loaded
with a huge variety of activities ranging from making mosaics in the Sculpture
Gallery to designing a kimono in the Japanese Gallery. Activities are
suitable for children aged 3 to 12 years. All children must be accompanied
by an adult.
FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL
The V&A is open daily 10am - 5.45pm and until 10pm on Wednesdays and
the last Friday of the month. The nearest underground station is South
Kensington (Piccadilly, District and Circle lines). For general information
call 020 7942 2000. Website: http://www.vam.ac.uk
MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD AT BETHNAL GREEN
1 MAY - 20 JUNE 2004
Six interactive installations will link the virtual world of computers
with the real world in this exhibition which features the work of German
intermedia artist Ralf Nuhn, a researcher at the Lansdown Centre for Electronic
Arts, Middlesex University. It consists of computer based animations,
based mostly on modified toys or mechanisms modelled on toys which are
linked to automated sculptures. Through touch screens and microphones
connected to the computers, visitors will be able to trigger changes in
the virtual and physical domain.
UNTIL FEBRUARY 2005
A display highlighting Sindy's story as this iconic doll reaches middle
age. A rare opportunity to see how she changed, with examples both past
A new permanent gallery devoted to the people, children and communities
of London's East End has recently opened at Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood.
World in the East End tells the childhood stories of diverse communities
of East London using objects, photographs, audio, film and interactive
games which bring to life their experiences.
AT COVENT GARDEN
A GREAT NIGHT OUT! - THE MAKING OF THE WEST END 1843 - 2010 UNTIL OCTOBER
2004 A mini-exhibition charting the history of London's West End with
models of theatres from Victorian times to today including new plans for
Cameron Mackintosh theatres.