The original contemporary late night event. Friday Late celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design in society, bringing audiences face-to-face with leading and emerging artists and designers through live performance, film, installation, debate, DJs and late-night exhibition openings.
With dating apps ever increasing, finding love is now as much about an algorithm as physical attraction. Join us this Friday Late to swipe, like, and explore the future of dating. What role do data and technology play, and what is at stake in terms of chemistry, privacy and who knows our preferences best? Look at the politics of sex and relationships, and question how we build and sustain them today and into the future. Watch out cupid! 💕
Back by popular demand for a second year. Filling the museum to the brim with retro games and 180 consoles to give everyone the chance to Power UP and game on. 🎮 👾
This hands-on, fully interactive gaming event will feature the best video games and consoles from the past four decades. From Pong to Pac-Man and Minecraft to Mario, there’s something for everyone—whether you’re a retro games fan, a serious gamer or just to get competitive.
Play against friends and family with multiplayer showdowns, relive your childhood favourites and test out some of the latest virtual reality experiences at this ultimate gaming extravaganza.
Week-long public festival will include floating Aerocene sculptures, Ron Arad and Zandra Rhodes ‘drawing with light’ on V&A façades, a new dance commission from Julie Cunningham and hip hop from Botis Seva and the National Youth Dance Company Alumni.
REVEAL celebrates the opening of the V&A Exhibition Road Quarter, the largest architectural project undertaken by the Museum in over 100 years. Designed by Stirling Prize-winning British architect Amanda Levete and her practice AL_A, the Exhibition Road Quarter will create major new spaces that will transform the V&A’s relationship with the public and its neighbouring institutions on Exhibition Road.
The festival will mark the opening of these extraordinary new spaces, bringing together a host of cultural commissions to explore the heritage, modernity and technology of the V&A. Festival contributions from the Museum’s ‘Albertopolis’ neighbours highlight this historic moment for the V&A and the broader South Kensington area, as it enters the next 100 years of its history.
Shade by Simon Heijdens
Simon Heijdens will create an immersive experience of augmented light in The Sainsbury Gallery.
Molly Goddard, A/W 2017
British fashion designer Molly Goddard will showcase highlights of her designs.
Nothing is Set in Stone by Mira Calix
Artist Mira Calix will host a live stream of music, performance art, dance and spoken word.
Kairos by Anat Ben-David with Boudicca
We present the first major public performance of Kairos by artist and musician Anat Ben-David.
Julie Cunningham & Company in Double Bill
A new site-specific dance performance inspired by Yoko Ono’s ‘Dance Pieces’.
View student work as part of a DesignLab project linked to Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion.
Friday Late in collaboration with Boiler Room
Boiler Room present an electric mix of international musicians, DJs and artists.
From the dawn of mechanised human forms to cutting-edge technology fresh from the lab, Robots reveals the astonishing 500-year quest to make machines human.
Focusing on why they exist rather than on how they work, our blockbuster exhibition explores the ways robots mirror humanity and the insights they offer into our ambitions, desires and position in a rapidly changing world.
Robots takes you on an incredible journey spanning five centuries, illustrated with robotic artefacts from around the globe from a 16th century mechanised monk to some of film’s most iconic robotic creations and the very latest humanoids.
Delve back in time to your childhood. ? What made you wonder? Remember a time when your eyes were wide and your mind was full and racing with each new aspect of the world around you?
Revisit your sense of scientific wonder at Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery, as well as enjoy a scientific see-saw, toy car racing, voice Pong, bee home-building and much, much more.
Plus, the regular Lates highlights are waiting for you to enjoy, including live music and the best silent disco in town.
Science Museum Lates are adults-only, after-hours theme nights that take place in the Museum on the last Wednesday of every month. Each entry in this hugely popular ongoing series of events centres on a different theme: from sex to climate change, from big data to childhood.
Telling the stories of modern day pioneers, Beyond the Lab: The DIY Science Revolution celebrates the everyday innovators around Europe who are taking science into their own hands, with astounding results.
Seven real-life case studies are explored through a combination of objects, images and films, giving you the chance to hear from the DIY scientists themselves about the motivations, methods and applications of their research.
From measuring air pollution in London to the search for new antibiotics in Amsterdam, these ambitious amateurs are having a huge impact and driving real change through their research.
Broadcast live at the museum, February’s Friday Late presents to you Radio V&A. Go and hear broadcasters, DJs, producers and radio art activists take over the museum airwaves as they investigate the history and culture of radio.
From a vital mode of communication to a bite size podcast, explore the iconic medium through oral histories, radical programming and sonic installations.
The original contemporary late night event. An ever-changing, curated programme of live performances, cutting-edge fashion, film, installations, debates, special guests and DJs, with bars, food, and late-night exhibition openings.
Horst P. Horst (1906-99) created images that transcend fashion and time. He was a master of light, composition and atmospheric illusion, who conjured a world of sensual sophistication. In an extraordinary sixty-year career, his photographs graced the pages of Vogue and House and Garden under the one-word photographic byline ‘Horst’. He ranks alongside Irving Penn and Richard Avedon as one of the pre-eminent fashion and portrait photographers of the 20th century.
An international figure, Horst worked predominantly in Paris and New York. Born in Germany, he became an American citizen in 1943, changing his surname from Bohrmann to Horst. His extraordinary range of work outside the photographic studio conveys a relentless visual curiosity and life-long desire for new challenges. The huge collection of prints, drawings, notebooks, scrapbooks and letters that Horst carefully preserved throughout his life, alongside thousands of prints in the archives of Condé Nast, bear witness to his virtuoso talent.
Emerging artists, upcoming artist-run spaces and independent curatorial projects take over the Museum for the night.
Featuring the grassroots of visual culture in London, September’s Friday Late is a collaboration between the V&A and Art Licks and a preview to the Art Licks weekend from 3rd October until 5th October).