Wednesday 31 August 2016

Victoria and Albert Museum - Book now: The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

Victoria and Albert Museum
13 May – 1 October 2017
Presented by the V&A, Pink Floyd and
Iconic Entertainment Studios
The V&A is staging an unprecedented, innovative and multi-sensory journey through Pink Floyd's extraordinary worlds. This will be the first international retrospective of one of the world's most pioneering and influential bands who are recognised as one of the top selling artists of all time. Find out more

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Somerset House - This month: Björk Digital, London Design Biennale and more September Highlights

What’s On at Somerset House – September 2016. Image © Richard Bryant
Björk Digital
From 1 September 2016
New Wing
Join us for Björk Digital, an immersive exhibition of digital, video and virtual reality works from Icelandic icon Björk. Including the ground breaking films Black LakeMouth Mantra VRStonemilker VRand Notget VR, the exhibition showcases Björk's work with some of the world’s finest visual artists and programmers. This European premiere includes never-before-seen work.
Björk Digital
London Design Biennale - Porky Hefer. Image © Adriaan Louw
London Design Biennale
7 - 27 September 2016
Site Wide
This September we host the very first London Design Biennale. See stunning installations from some of the world’s best designers as 37 countries and territories from six continents present newly commissioned works installed in their own room or outdoor space throughout the building. The London Design Biennale explores questions around sustainability, migration, pollution, energy and the future of cities - all in an immersive, inspiring and entertaining tour of the world.
The Singing Bridge by Claudia Molitor
9 – 25 September 2016
New Wing
Experience a newly commissioned sound work by artist Claudia Molitor as part of Totally Thames, exploring the rich and largely unearthed social history of Waterloo Bridge. Featuring new compositions by Molitor, The Singing Bridgetransforms your walk across the bridge and its surrounding paths to give you time and space to consider your relationship to this remarkable structure.
The Singing Bridge by Claudia Molitor
Hair by Sam McKnight. Image © Nick Knight
Hair by Sam McKnight
From 2 November 2016
Book now for our major winter exhibition looking at the remarkable career of hair stylist Sam McKnight. Over the last forty years, Sam has been instrumental in creating the most iconic images of Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Princess Diana, among many others. This exhibition will be the first to contextualise the cultural significance of hair and the key role of the session stylist within fashion.

London Design Biennale Talks Programme
7 - 27 September 2016
Screening Room, South Wing
Throughout the Biennale there's an inspiring programme of talks by some of the world's leading designers, curators and academics. Featuring UK design team Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, MoMA curator Paola Antonelli and Richard Rogers in conversation with Biennale Director Dr Christopher Turner.

Paths to Utopia
Until 2 October 2016
Inigo Rooms, East Wing, King's College London
Paths to Utopia is a collection of new art works resulting from collaborations between artists, performers, technologists and King’s College London academics. Encounter whales, step into the housing crisis and witness the ubiquitous, transcendental pursuit of creativity. Part of Utopia 2016.

FINAL WEEKS - Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings
Until 11 September 2016
The Courtauld Gallery, North Wing
★★★★★ The Guardian
Explore an astonishing series of Victorian watercolours by the long-forgotten spiritualist artist Georgiana Houghton. Detailed explanations on the backs of the works declare that her hand was guided by various spirits, including several Renaissance artists, as well as higher angelic beings.

Throughout September we explore the international design scene with London Design Biennale, who are hosting a series of talks from the world’s leading designers. We’ll also delve into the mind-bending sonic soundscape of Björk’s Biophilia album with interactive events as part of Björk Digital.

From our friends at The Photographers' Gallery
Terence Donovan: Speed of Light
Until 25 Sep
The first major retrospective of Terence Donovan (1936 - 1996), one of the foremost photographers of his generation. Gifted with an eye for iconic images, Donovan was a master craftsman whose command of technique and composition came to redefine studio photography.

From our friends at designjunction
50% discount on designjunction2016 tickets for Somerset House subscribers
22 – 25 September 2016
Designjunction2016 relocates to King’s Cross and presents the latest in cutting-edge design from more than 200 world-class international brands. Taking on the theme #ImmersedinDesign, designjunction2016 promises to deliver a multisensory, evolved design exhibition, where visitors can engage with design in a more meaningful and memorable way.

National Army Museum - See the first objects go into the new Museum

National Army Museum Newsletter - September 2016
The National Army Museum is closed for redevelopment until 2017, but our programme of exhibitions and events continues at venues across the UK.
Humber Pig Transport

First Objects Go into the New Museum

New video

See the first objects going into the new Museum, including an 18-pounder field gun, and a Humber Pig armoured vehicle.
Humber Pig

Army Wives 

8 September 2016, 7pm
Army & Navy Club, London

Explore the changing image of the army wife over time, as author Midge Gillies talks about her new book: Army Wives: From Crimea to Afghanistan: the Real Lives of the Women Behind the Men in Uniform.
Army Wives

Australian Military Exemption Courts

8 September 2016, 12.30pm
Royal Marsden Conference Centre,

Jennifer McNeice will explore how military exemption courts helped to prevent the introduction of Australian overseas conscription during the First World War.
Australia Talk

Changes to Collection Access and Enquiry Services

Collection update

Access to our Collection and our enquiry service are temporarily suspended while we are planning and implementing the move back to the Museum. These services will resume in November.
Collection Update

Myths and Legacies of
the Battle of the Somme

21 September 2016, 7pm
Army & Navy Club, London

Join our expert panel in wrangling with some of the greatest questions that remain about the Somme, its success, its personalities and why it lives on in the public’s imagination.
Battle of the Somme

Soldiers' Stories: Sergeant James Littler

Somme, August 1916

Sergeant James Littler’s 100-year-old pocket diary uncovers the horrors of trench warfare on the Somme in haunting and graphic detail.
Sergeant James Littler

Comforts for the Troops

22 September 2016, 12.30pm
Royal Marsden Conference Centre,

Fiona Joseph explores how the factory women at Cadbury in Birmingham made a phenomenal contribution to the First World War effort, parcelling gifts ('comforts') for the servicemen abroad.
Fiona Joseph

The Restoration of an 18-Pounder Field Gun

New video

See this 18-pounder field gun undergoing a huge transformation as part of our major restoration project.
Field Gun

Seven Halts of The SommeHughie O’Donoghue RA

Until 2 October 2016
Leighton House Museum, London

Seven Halts on The Somme recalls seven stopping points where troops were halted during one of the bloodiest military battles in history. Each painting presents a bold and vivid interpretation of a place in the landscape and a commemoration of individual lives.
Warlencourt Ridge

Monday 29 August 2016

Fashion & Textile Museum - Summer on Bermondsey Street

New Artist Textiles from Canada
Fashion and Textile Museum
The London Design Festival (17-25 September 2016) is an annual event, held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community.
New Artist Textiles from Canada
Bermondsey Street Festival 2016
Bermondsey Street Festival
GOING GOING GONE: Exhibition closes 5pm Sunday 4 September
Last chance to see! With only one week left to soak up some Missoni style book your tickets now to avoid missing this 5* exhibition. Explore the creative process of Italian fashion house Missoni and the textiles of Ottavio and Rosita Missoni in the context of 20th century fine art.

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£9.90 adults* / £7.70 concessions*
£6 students / Children under 12 free

Tickets must be purchased in advance.
*Includes 10% gift aid
Missoni Art Colour
Patchwork of knitted fabrics
1920s JAZZ AGE Fashion & Photographs | Exhibition opens 23 September 2016
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MISSONI ART COLOUR | 6 May – 4 September 2016
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Saturday 27 August 2016

Victoria and Albert Museum - What's On

Victoria and Albert Museum
Opens 10 September 2016
In partnership with Levi's®
Sound experience by Sennheiser

Come on a musical odyssey through the era defining years of the late 1960s. Featuring over 200 records from John Peel’s collection, the exhibition transports you to a time when London was ‘swinging’, Jimi Hendrix was rocking Woodstock, students were rioting in Paris and the first man walked on the moon. You Say You Want a Revolution? Decide for yourself. Book now!
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With additional support from Grow Annenberg Foundation, Fenwick and Sassoon. 
Until 12 March 2017
Sponsored by Agent Provocateur and Revlon

Discover the fascinating and sometimes controversial story of underwear design from the 18th century to the present day. Find out about the role of underwear in moulding the body to a fashionable ideal and in revealing issues of gender, sex and morality. Read more and book
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Supported by Volkswagen Group

Ove Arup (1895 – 1988) was the pioneer of a multidisciplinary approach to design that has defined the way engineering is understood and practised today. Discover the untold design stories behind some of the world’s most iconic buildings. Read more and book 
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Part of the V&A Engineering Season
This exhibition is made possible with the cooperation of Arup
With additional support from Tideway
17 – 25 September 2016

The Museum is continuing its collaboration with the London Design Festival, with their partnership now in its eighth year. As the Festival Hub, the V&A will again house a broad range of specially-commissioned installations and displays around the Museum. There will also be a packed events programme including the Global Design Forum, talks and workshops and the hugely popular Graphics and Digital Design Weekends.
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Opens 1 October 2016 

See the luxury embroideries that England was famed for between the 12th and 15th centuries. Often referred to as ‘Opus Anglicanum’ (English work), featuring spectacular, intricately crafted imagery, they were prized by royalty across Europe. Read more and book
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Support generously provided by the Ruddock Foundation for the Arts
Supported by Hand & Lock

Chardin to Cezanne: Art and Innovation in Europe, 1720-1900
Thursdays, 22 September 2016 – 13 July 2017, Over 3 terms, 11.10 – 15.30

Explore the work of artists including Blake, Degas, and Van Gogh; engage with artistic movements from the Rococo, to the Pre-Raphaelites; and inhabit the cultural and political context in which these revolutionary forces took shape on our in-depth one-year courseRead more and book 
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19.00 – 20.45

Join writer, actor and producer Mark Gatiss, co-creator of Sherlock, for a discussion of his wide-ranging career, including his role in the upcoming revival of the groundbreaking play The Boys in the Band, which originally premiered in 1968.
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Andrew Logan is one of Britain's principal sculptors, who challenges convention, mixes media and plays with our artistic values. Join him for an exploration and discussion of his philosophy:  “Art can be discovered anywhere.”
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To celebrate Game of Thrones series 5, HBO commissioned the Embroiders Guild to create a special artwork, featuring a 'White Walker' from the series. Join Anthea Godfrey, artistic director of the Embroiders Guild, who project managed the commission of what became known as the Hardhome Embroidery, for a discussion of the complexities of developing such an intricate piece.
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Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September,
10.30 17.00

In it’s sixth year, the Digital Design Weekend brings together artists, designers, engineers, technologists and the public to celebrate and share contemporary digital art and design. Take over the Museum with pop-up interactive installations, creative electronics, family-friendly events and more. Coinciding with the London Design Festival at the V&A. Read more
Free, drop-in
Shop the exhibition range

Shop our eclectic edit of products inspired by our autumn exhibition You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 19661970, including fashion, music and printsShop now

Museum of Childhood
Saturday 24 September, 9.30 – 16.45
To mark the final weeks of Clangers, Bagpuss and Co, our Smallfilms exhibition, join us for a nostalgic celebration of the magical art of stop-frame animation. Hear from academics on the fascinating history of animation, meet leading puppet makers, see gems from the Museum stores and quiz our Curators. Meet the makers of animations such as Pingu, Fantastic Mr. Fox and the latest series of the Clangers! Read more and book
Opens 24 September 2016Royal Academy of Arts

Explore an unparalleled period in American art that saw New York take over from Paris as the capital of the art world. These radical creations, from the likes of Pollock, Rothko, Still, de Kooning, Newman and Mitchell, redefined the nature of painting
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Alexandra Palace, London

Has this year’s Great British Sewing Bee got your creative juices flowing? Join the 300+ specialist craft retailers for the largest Textile fair in Europe.Enjoy unique textile galleries from the World’s leading artists, get advice from the sewing elite at one of the many talks and demos or have a go yourself at the workshop zone. Read more
8 – 9 October 2016
Serpentine Galleries

The Serpentine’s annual festival of ideas brings together practitioners from the fields of activism, art, anthropology, architecture, literature, music, philosophy, theology and science to focus on ritual, repetition, and magical thinking.
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