Friday Late with MasterCard

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 with MasterCard 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.


With MasterCard

Shoreditch Takeover

Friday 25 July, 18.30–22.00 & Saturday 26 June at BL-NK, 17.00-23.00

Shoreditch has long been the beating heart of London’s creative community. In recent years, it has become one of the world’s largest technology centers, generating big business and an entrepreneurial spirit. In the latest of its creative community takeovers, the V&A plays host to emerging and established artists and designers based in this creative corner of east London.

Saturday 26th July
For the first time in Friday Late history, we will be hosting the Friday Late at two locations. On the Friday we will remain at the V&A and on the Saturday relocate to BL-NK space on East Road in Shoreditch, bringing with us talks, workshops, installations and live DJs.

For Saturday’s event programme please go to:

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 these events.

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


Friday Late: Shoreditch Takeover

ALL EVENING (18.30-21.30)


Grand Entrance & John Madejski Garden
Secret gigs, hip hop nights, and drum&bass DJs have well and truly secured Shoreditch a place on London’s eclectic music scene map. As pioneers of the online music and radio scene, Mixcloud will bring a glut of talent to showcase a selection of specially curated podcasts, mixes and radio shows. DJs for the
event are NTS Radio regulars Tim Parker and Kutmah in the Grand Entrance and Highlife featuring Auntie Flo & Esa in the John Madejski Garden.


Spotlight Space, Grand Entrance
Originally commissioned for a shop-front on Kingsland Road, Aperture is an interactive video installation that casts silhouettes of passers-by and focuses on re-evaluating the mundane. Watch as your movements are monitored upon entering the Museum. This work is a collaboration between Accept & Proceed and Sennep.

Digital Motion Canvas 2014

Grand Entrance
Jason Bruges Studio presents a live workshop with Digital Motion Canvas, with technology that uses both the environment and the audience’s actions to create a distorted image of you and your surroundings. This workshop is presented in co-operation with, XL Video, and outdoor advertising specialists, Wildstone.

Opening Times presents Pandora

47a- 47g
Opening Times is a digital art commissioning body and platform for online artworks. For the Shoreditch Takeover, Opening Times will be showcasing work from their current artist in residence Nicolas Sassoon. Sassoon’s work Pandora explores the representation of everyday space through computer based processes, often appearing in the form of animated GIFs.

Seventeen Gallery 

Contemporary art gallery Seventeen Gallery has been based in Shoreditch since 2005. As part of the Shoreditch Takeover, they have curated a series of five artists’ films that will be shown across the Museum.

Room 111

(balcony above the Cast Courts)
Jon Rafman & Rosa Aiello
Remember Carthage ( 2013)
13 mins

Jon Rafman
A Man Digging (2013)
9.06 mins

National Art Library (access via staircase L)
Oliver Laric
Versions (2012)
6.17 mins

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

Medieval & Renaissance, Room 50a

Cecile B Evans
How happy a Thing can be? (2014)
9.30 mins

Medieval & Renaissance, Room 50b

Sophie Michael
Attica (2013)
12 mins

Campus@the V&A

Fashion, Room 40
Campus, Google’s Shoreditch space for startups, is setting up shop in the V&A for the evening. Come and meet some of the startups working at Campus, from Borrow My Doggy to short term home finder Flat Let. Speak with Campus mentors and company founders to workshop your business ideas. You’ll also have opportunities to be among the first in the UK to try out Google Glass in the Glass Photobooth, set up especially for the evening. Campus events are sign up only on a first come first served basis. Come early!

Rent 2 Hi Pants 2 Lo

John Madejski Garden
Usually found adding life to shop shutters or the sides of vans parked in East London, street artist Malarky brings Shoreditch style animals to the John Madejski Garden with Keith Haring inspired woodcut sculptures.

CCC (Computer Controlled Craft)

Lunchroom, Learning Centre
From print, to code, to canvas, CCC reinterprets a William Morris print from the V&A collection, producing a series of abstracted, and animated traces. Follow the traces yourself with a variety of drawing materials on a bespoke canvas created by design studio, Method.

Paper Wearables

Learning Centre reception
Wearable technologies are heading towards the mainstream fast. Products and accessories that keep track of our activity make us rethink our relationships with our everyday environment. Designswarm invites you to explore this brave new world with pen, paper, and scissors for a DIY try at futuristic product design you would want to wear.

Dazed present Music Nation

The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre (access via staircase L)
Jungle Fever (23.29 mins)
Explore the movement that redefined British urban music. Jungle Fever, directed by Ollie Evans and produced by Friend London, charts the rise and fall of one of Britain's most vibrant and influential music scenes, featuring jungle veterans Fabio & Grooverider, DJ Hype, Kenny Ken, Brockie and more.

Brandy & Coke (22.23 mins)

Garage photographer and author Ewen Spencer rewinds to the golden days of UKG style – and finds out how it all fell apart. Produced in association with Somesuch & Co, the legendary UKG photographer takes us back to a heady decade of underground pirate radio, Gucci loafers and nights out in Ayia Napa.

onedotzero panel discussion

Seminar Room 3, Learning Centre
Hot off the heels of the launch of dotdotdot, a new monthly event series for the London digital and creative community, onedotzero presents a panel discussion on music, technology and interaction. Chaired by Shane Walter, Creative Director at onedotzero, the panel will feature 22 year-old architect, musician and creative coder Felix Faire, artist and programmer Alex Allmont, and ROLI, the team behind the ground breaking new musical innovation - the Seaboard.

William Blake Piano Performance

Gamble Room, Café  
Did you know William Blake was buried in Shoreditch? EC1 meets SW7 by way of Guy Pearson’s special Blake inspired piano performance in the Gamble Room.

Shoreditch Screen Printing workshop

Art Studio, Learning Centre
Join designers Marina Muun and Fay Huo to create and take home your very own Friday Late Print inspired by Shoreditch. This workshop has timed slots and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

William Blake Piano Performance and Shoreditch Screen Printing Workshop were curated by Southworth Stoyanova.

Programme Cover Design

Souvenir programme wrap designed by Shoreditch based illustrator Kyle Platts.

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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Friday Late ‘Sound It Out’: Boiler Room Reflections

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