ENCOUNTERS: THE MEETING OF ASIA AND EUROPE 1500-1800
23 SEPTEMBER - 5 DECEMBER 2004
Encounters will explore three hundred years of artistic, cultural and
technological interaction and exchange between Asia and Europe. The exhibition
will show how East and West have always been fascinated with each other,
and that the desire for and appeal of the exotic has shaped the material
culture of both. Encounters will bring together a diverse and spectacular
range of objects from Europe, India, China, Japan and South East Asia.
The exhibition will draw on the collections of the V&A and those of
major institutions and private collections around the world.
9 SEPTEMBER - 5 DECEMBER 2004
Christopher Dresser (1834-1904) was a pioneering designer who helped shape
British design over the last century. He is considered the first independent
industrial designer, running a studio supplying designs to manufacturers
including Wedgwood, Minton and Coalbrookdale. The exhibition will examine
Dresser's career with displays of silver,
metalwork, furniture, ceramics, textiles, wallpaper and watercolours.
Dresser's influences included Japanese, Egyptian and Asian art and design
as well as abstract pattern based on the scientific study of botany.
Japan in 1876 as the official representative of the V&A and the British
Government, exchanging the best examples of European design for their
Japanese equivalents. This trip was to transform his designs and he began
to reject ornament in favour of form and the qualities of materials. It
is this dramatic shift and Dresser's approach towards manufacture that
has led him to be considered a pioneer of the aesthetic ideas which have
dominated design over the last 100 years.
has been organised by the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian
Institution in New York and will be on display in Spring 2004 before coming
to the V&A.
BY DESIGN: CLOTHES ACROSS CONTINENTS
29 MAY 2004 - 9 JANUARY 2005
The V&A puts on display 54 outfits from Asia, Africa and Europe, including
a 19th century woman's coat from Serbia adorned with dramatically embroidered
swirls and flowers and designs. 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 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.
CONSUME THIS! ALTERNATIVES TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
FRIDAY 24 SEPTEMBER
18.30 - 22.00
Consume This! will address sustainable consumption and playfully engage
visitors in questions relating to fashion, design and food culture. The
V&A has invited a number of exciting individuals and groups from the
creative industries to showcase their projects which will demonstrate
the sustainable choices we have as consumers and how these choices can
be exercised in relation to branding, products and food. One of the highlights
of the evening is NOKI NIGHT, in which fashion designer and activist NOKI
will challenge the fashion industry's branding culture through live performances
and a film screening. The Consume This! lineup with also include installations
by well known designers, graphics workshops, DJs, bars and a Swap Shop,
where visitors will have a chance to exchange once loved objects for someone
else's design desirables.
KIDS AT THE V&A
BIG DRAW AT THE V&A
SATURDAY 16 AND SUNDAY 17 OCTOBER
11.00 - 17.00
GETTING INTO SHAPE
For this year's Big Draw, the V&A's theme is 'Getting into Shape'.
Put yourself into a stretchy fabric bag and get your new shape drawn on
paper. Then turn your outline into an architectural design; students from
the Architectural Association will be on hand to help. Alternatively make
up a shape story inspired by the shapes of objects from the collections.
Watch dancers perform their stretch bag dances. On Sunday 17 October,
at 14.00 and 16.00 Mark Speight from Children's BBC SMart will be inspiring
everyone to think about shape. At 15.00 Anthony Browne, author of the
Shape Game, will give a drawing demonstration.
The Big Draw has a simple aim: to get everyone drawing. Now in its fifth
year, hundreds of venues throughout the UK will take part during October
2004 for a nationwide celebration of drawing.
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
DAVID HOCKNEY: GRIMMS' FAIRY TALES
3 JULY - 10 OCTOBER
Beautiful illustrations inspired by six of the Brother Grimms' most gruesome
fairy tales. Hockney takes a sideways glance at the stories, presenting
vivid images capturing the mood or detail rather than the main event.
Familiar tales featured include Rapunzel and Rumpelstilzchen, others like
Old Rinkrank and The Little Sea Hare are less well known. Dressing-up
clothes and a large scale tower will help bring the stories to life.
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.