Friday Late at the V&A: Escape

Fri 25 June 2010 6.30-10pm

  • The Dancing Willows © Helen & Hard, 2010. Photo by Emile Ashley. Commissioned by the V&A

Join us as we celebrate the 1:1 - Architects Build Small Spaces exhibition and the London Festival of Architecture, in collaboration with the V&A for a special Friday Late. From performances that activate the exhibition's installations, to events and temporary interventions in the most unusual of the V&A’s spaces: a night of workshops, music, special screenings. intimate talks, and a late bar. Visitors can enjoy exhibition architects Vazio S/A and Triptyque in conversation, take an ecstatic voyage into modernist architecture with screenings of artists Graham Ellard & Stephen Johnstone’s 16mm film Machine on Black Ground, and experience an electronic lesson and collision of acid house and urbanism from Helsinki-based architect, thinker and musician, Tuomas Toivonen. A personal disco by Post-Office, theatre from The Factory, wicker workshops, interactive architectural gaming from one of the brains behind Langlands & Bell's House of Osama Bin Laden installation and a ‘woodshedding‘ Jazz session are all also on offer.

There will also be the opportunities to meet V&A artists-in-residence Aberrant Architecture, to visit a unique display of models and digital projections of their oeuvre; to explore the Museum’s quirky architectural details and secret spaces with a V&A Archivist channelling the spirit of architectural detective work and Japanese bura bura city strolls; and one-off male access to the Museum’s recently renovated ladies lavatories, designed by architects Glowacka Rennie with artist Felice Varini. Plus out-of-hours access to the Museum’s Grace Kelly: Style Icon and Quilts exhibitions, and one of the first opportunities to view the shortlisted architects’ designs for the V&A’s forthcoming extension.

A live DJ and food will be served all evening, plus summer cocktails by Official Drinks Partner Bombay Sapphire.