March 13, 2012

Victoria and Albert Museum’s programme of academic events

Victoria and Albert Museum
V&A’s Medieval & Renaissance Galleries, Alan Williams.
© V&A images.

The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s greatest museum of art and design, our collections span two thousand years of art in virtually every medium. Visitors to the V&A encounter a treasure house of amazing and beautiful objects. To complement our collections and inspiring temporary exhibitions we run a full programme of study days, seminars, conferences and symposia.

Our popular academic events feature talks from leading international scholars, writers and practitioners. Learn, debate and discover key figures and movements from the history of art and design, and discuss the theory and practice of contemporary and historical visual art.

The V&A’s programme of academic events covers every aspect of the visual arts of Europe and Asia, from the early Middle Ages to the present. Explore all art forms, from textiles and interiors to painting, sculpture and architecture, and gain a fascinating insight into the culture of different periods.

Forthcoming academic events in March:

Cecil Beaton: Photography, Theatre, Fashion & High Society
Saturday 17 March, 10.30–17.30
Explore the many fascinating and varied facets of Cecil Beaton’s career, including his work as a royal photographer, his years with Vogue, his designs for theatre, his diaries and friendships, and his Arcadian vision of nature.
Speakers include curators Susanna Brown, Keith Lodwick and Jennifer Scott and historians Robin Muir and Philip Hoare.
45 GBP, 35 GBP concessions, 10 GBP students

Gothic Ivory Sculpture: Old Questions, New Directions
Friday 23 March, 10.30–17.30
In recent years, there has been an unprecedented revival of scholarly activity in the study of gothic ivory carvings. This international symposium explores the latest research, and puts ivories into the wider context of medieval art.
45 GBP, 35 GBP concessions, 10 GBP students (includes lunch)

Staging Space – From Gormley to Gaga
Friday 30 March, 10.30–17.30
To coincide with the display Transformation and Revelation: Gormley to Gaga, the V&A is hosting a symposium. Invited designers and artists will explore the ‘staging of space’ including designing for site specific productions, dance, theatre and stadium shows.
25 GBP, 20 GBP concessions, 10 GBP students

Study Day: Style Cities: Chicago
Saturday 31 March, 14.00–17.00
Explore the history, architecture, and cultural highlights of Chicago, home to Frank Lloyd Wright, and birthplace of the modern skyscraper, deep-crust pizzas, ER, and the infamous Chicago mob.
25 GBP, 20 GBP concessions, 10 GBP students

To book your place on any of these adult learning events visit or call 020 7942 2211.

Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road

Opening Times
10.00–17.45 daily
10.00–22.00 Fridays
Admission to the V&A is free.
A separate charge may apply to exhibitions and events.

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