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  • Rapid Response Collecting


    Where : Gallery 74a

    DISPLAY: Rapid Response Collecting is a new strand to the V&A's collecting activity. Objects are collected in response to major moments in history that touch the world of design and manufacturing. The display, which will constantly change, shows how design reflects and defines how we live together today.

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  • Exhibition Road Building

    Thu 27 November 2014 - Sat 15 October 2016

    Where : Gallery 20

    DISPLAY: This display is dedicated to the Exhibition Road Building Project: the largest architectural intervention undertaken in the last 100 years of the V&A's history, which will create a beautifully designed new entrance, gallery, courtyard, shop and café

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  • A Stitch in Time: Home Sewing before 1900

    8 May 2015 – 30 September 2016

    Where : Metalware, Room 116

    DISPLAY: This display examines some of the tools used in domestic sewing, which could be highly decorative in their own right. Often the only things that women could legally call their own, these tools reflected female status and accomplishment.

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  • Musical Wonders of India

    Wed 16 September 2015 – Mon 31 October 2016

    Where : Gallery 41

    DISPLAY: A selection of beautifully decorated instruments, one in the shape of a peacock adorned with real feathers, evokes India's rich musical traditions. This display is part of an exciting new digital project created in partnership with Darbar Arts Culture Heritage, revealing how these historic instruments would have been played.

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  • The Tale of Beatrix Potter and Ernest Aris

    Wed 9 December 2015 – Fri 22 July 2016

    Where : Gallery 102

    DISPLAY: In 1916 Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) engaged a prolific commercial artist, Ernest Aris (1882-1963), to illustrate her story, 'The Oakmen'. She sent Aris a set of pencil designs for the illustrations, with instructions for colour and composition, but concealed both the story and her own identity.

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  • Alison Britton: Content and Form

    26 January 2016 – 4 September 2016

    Where : Gallery 145

    DISPLAY: Alison Britton is one of the leading ceramic artists of her generation. She rose to prominence in the 1970s as part of a loosely affiliated group of women potters who had trained at the Royal College of Art, and whose work challenged established traditions. Britton's ceramics took function and ornamentation as subjects to explore rather than qualities to necessarily directly exhibit, an approach to making that shifted the agenda for craft practice.

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  • Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York

    Wed 9 February 2016 - Wed 31 August 2016

    Where : Gallery 104

    DISPLAY: Delve into the world of plays, musicals and productions to explore the craft and collaboration that creates spectacular international theatre.

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  • Silver Speaks

    8 March 2016 – 2 July 2017

    Where : Silver, Room 66

    DISPLAY: This display highlights the work of Contemporary British Silversmiths. It includes some of the best silversmiths practising in Britain today. C

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  • A History of Photography: The Body

    11 March 2016 - 19 February 2017

    Where : Gallery 100

    DISPLAY: Since the invention of photography, the camera has focused on the body as a subject of both artistic expression and scientific examination.

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  • Master Strokes: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Golden Age

    Sat 14 May - 13 November 2016

    Where : Gallery 88a

    DISPLAY: The 17th-centrury was a period of extraordinary prosperity and artistic output in the Netherlands. Featuring works from the V&A's outstanding collection of Dutch and Flemish drawings, this display presents masterpieces by Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck and Rembrandt van Rijn, together with the work of lesser-known Golden Age artists.

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  • Elytra Filament Pavilion

    18 May - 6 November 2016

    Where : The John Madejski Garden

    DISPLAY: Elytra Filament Pavilion is a newly-commissioned pavilion for the V&A Engineering Season.


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  • V&A Illustration Awards 2016

    Tue 24 May 2016 – Sun 21 August 2016

    Where : NAL Library Landing

    DISPLAY: The V&A Illustration Awards are held annually to recognise the very best of book, editorial and student illustration in the UK.

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  • Mind Over Matter: Contemporary British Engineering

    15 June - 6 November 2016

    Where : Architecture, Room 128a

    DISPLAY: Presented by the V&A+RIBA Architecture Partnership, the display Mind over Matter: Contemporary British Engineering is part of the V&A Engineering Season and complements the exhibition Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design.

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  • The Camera Exposed

    The Camera Exposed

    23 July 2016 - 5 March 2017

    Where : Gallery 38a

    DISPLAY: More photographs are being made today than ever before, but most are made with mobile phones, not stand-alone cameras.

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  • Beatrix Potter's London

    28 July 2016 - 28 April 2017

    Where : Gallery 102

    DISPLAY: Marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), this display explores the role of London in Potter’s life and work.

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