Friday Late

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.

Held on the last Friday in every month (except December) from 18.30 - 22.00.

Friday Late is free and drop in. All events are available on a first come, first served basis.

All visitors to Friday Late should use the main entrance on Cromwell Road. Please note that if the event reaches capacity, we will operate on a one-in-one-out basis. If you are a V&A Member, corporate member or hold a ticket to an exhibition please use the Exhibition Road entrance.


Collections of Collections

Friday 31 October 18.30 – 22.00

From art works to ice-cream wrappers, from vinyl records to blog posts and tweets, what do our personal collections say about us? Join us as we investigate and celebrate with an evening of curios, accumulation and curation. Discover our relationships with objects and delve into what we collect and why this activity has one-in-three in Europe and North America hooked.

All events are free and places are designated on a first come, first served basis, unless stated otherwise. Filming and photography will be taking place at this event.

Please note, if the Museum reaches capacity we will allow access on a one-in, one-out basis.


Friday Late: Collection of Collections

ALL EVENING (18.30 – 22.00)

Internet Cat Video Festival

Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
19.00 & 20.30 (70 mins)
While normally viewed alone on a computer screen, the internet’s favourite cat videos are brought together for a collective experience of feline-favorites such as surprised kitten and keyboard cat. Testing the social boundaries of the online community with a live, off-line screening, come and enjoy one of the most popular online phenomena ever!
The Internet Cat Video Festival is produced and curated by the Walker Art Center.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Hoarding (But Were Afraid to Ask)

National Art Library
How do people deal with the everyday clutter that builds up in their living space? How do we wrest meaning from the universe of things that surrounds us?  Join anthropologist Fabio Gygi as he discusses hoarding from its beginnings as Diogenes syndrome to its officially recognised status as obsessive-compulsive disorder and the forms it takes in different cultural settings. Hear about his fieldwork in Tokyo, where he helped people clean their houses as a form of participant observation and what he has learnt from interviewing hoarders, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers.

Please note coats and bags are not permitted in the Library. Please leave these items in the cloakroom on the ground floor.

Museum of Imaginative Knowledge

Norfolk House Music Room
Dr James Lattin presents his Museum of Imaginative Knowledge, which specialises in objects and information not found in more authoritative museums. Discover artefacts such as the world's largest one pence piece collection, the history of a local lay-by and a pair of royal boxer shorts found at dilapidated county house, Judley Hall.
Dr Lattin will be providing short tours at 19.30 and 20.30.

Adventures in Stationery

Seminar Room 3
Chewed Cristal Bics, bent paper clips, rubber bands for pinging and blunt pencils are integral parts of our everyday environment. But what stories do they tell us? James Ward, stationery collector and founder of the Boring Conference, will be reading from his recent book Adventures in Stationery, followed by a show-and-tell from his personal collection. Bring along your own stationery to join in the discussion!

Game Boy Selfies

Bottom of staircase L
Romi Nicole Schneider collects the forgotten selfies of the Game Boy Camera. Prefiguring the age of Instagram, this abandoned technology from the late 1990s holds hidden snaps taken years ago. View Romi’s found collections and make your own Game Boy selfie to take away with you.

Halloween Packaging Robert Opie

National Art Library
Robert Opie has been collecting packaging, promotional and advertising material since he kept a packet of Munchies from a vending machine in 1963. In 1975, the V&A exhibited his collection and he founded the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising in 1984. Join Robert as he discusses his collections and their resonance, with a distinctive Halloween twist.

Collections of Curators!
Curators don’t just care for the collections of the museum, they also have their own. Meet V&A staff and take the opportunity to discuss with them their personal collections including Spice Girls memorabilia, Victorian Carte-de-Visites, Japanese Gothic Lolita dresses and more…

Rooms 21-24
Selfiecity is an investigation into the style of self-portraits in five cities across the world. Starting with a collection of 656,000 images collated via Instagram from Bangkok, Berlin, Moscow, New York and Sao Paolo, the team analyzed and categorised 3200 selfies through demographics, media visualizations and theoretical essays. Discover the Selfiexploratory and experiment with the data they collected to see what the selfie reveals about different parts of the world.


Gallery 40, Fashion Gallery
A tool designed for the creative process, Curator App lets you curate your own collection from the first fragment of an idea to presentation: collect websites, notes and images – then organize and present them!  Come and see how those working in the fields of food, design, typographic performance and tattoo art use the app to curate their own collections.  And then become a curator yourself.


Grand Entrance
Larry Achiampong and David Blandy will be sharing sounds from their connected audible heritage. In their performance 'Biters', the artists will be investigating what identity means in the post-colonial and post-mass media age as they acknowledge the debt their practices hold to hip-hop culture and its relationship with art and appropriation by presenting a recycled collection of already-sampled beats and reciting a collection of stolen rhymes.                                     

Victoria & Amazon

Spotlight Space
Every minute, Darius Kazemi’s Victoria & Amazon finds a random item from the V&A collection of design objects and then searches for its closest approximation. The result is an ever-changing diptych of an important design object from the history of the world alongside an everyday modern consumer item that may or may not be situated within the tradition of its canonised partner.

A Stitch in Time

Tapestry Gallery
For A Stitch in Time, Michael Pinsky has recreated a range of textile patterns from Chengdu’s highly celebrated Sichuan Museum, to the mass-produced textiles found in its market stalls.  Each textile pattern takes the form of a tile, come negotiate and assemble them to create a new work that will take shape amongst the V&A’s very own tapestry collection.

Endless City

Room 111
Join Max Dewdney for an interactive workshop and architectural installation that investigates the relationship between forms of display, collections and the city.  Create your own display systems that form a new endless city of collections, discovering the interior spaces of museums and their collections as vestiges of civic space, urban change and identity in the process.

Saving our Throwaway History

National Art Library
Join Robert Opie as he unwraps a 50 year journey – from his first pack of Munchies to the V&A exhibition ‘The Pack Age’ in 1975, and through the establishment of the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising in 1984.  With excerpts from a new two-hour Documentary DVD, discover Robert’s collections of health foods and hair pomade, to Horlicks and tonight…Halloween.

Programme Cover Design

Souvenir programme wrap designed by graphic designer Lucy Vigrass of Peepshow Collective

Food & Drink

Drinks are available in the Grand Entrance throughout the evening, and in the John Madejski Garden (weather permitting).
Food and drinks will be served in the Cafe until 21.00.

About Friday Late

Friday Late began in 1999, establishing the much-copied format for London cultural centres' evening events. The programme celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design in society, bringing audiences face-to-face with both leading and emerging artists and designers. By providing a platform through which to test ideas and challenge convention, Friday Late aims to inspire and provoke, whilst encouraging audiences to interact with the Museum’s collections in new ways.


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