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The V&A has a stellar line-up of exhibitions to explore, including the first international retrospective of the iconic ’60s designer Mary Quant and an insight into one of the world’s most creative photographers, Tim Walker. Culture vultures, pop these exciting openings in the diary…

Food: Bigger than the Plate

FOOD Bigger than the Plate

FOOD Bigger than the Plate at V&A © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Visitors will be taken on a multi sensory journey through the food cycle at the V&A’s new exhibition, Food: Bigger than the Plate, opening in May 2019. The exhibition will explore how the way we grow, distribute and experience food is changing – topics of increasing global interest and debate. There will be over 70 projects and collaborations from artists, designers, chefs, farmers, and local communities, with sections split into: ‘Compost’, ‘Farming’, ‘Trading’ and ‘Eating.’

Highlights will include Urban Mushroom Farm, an installation illustrating the idea of a circular economy using waste coffee grounds to grow edible Oyster mushrooms; real cheese made from human bacteria; and The Sausage of the Future which investigates a more sustainable approach to eating protein. Other projects explore how the pleasure of cooking and eating connects us culturally, socially and politically, with works from Ferran Adrià, Michael Rakowitz, Lubaina Himid and Grizedale Arts among others. 18 May-20 October 2019

Mary Quant

Mary Quant, photograph by Ronald Dumont, c.1967. © Ronald Dumont/Stringer/Getty Images

Mary Quant, photograph by Ronald Dumont, c.1967. © Ronald Dumont/Stringer/Getty Images

The V&A is curating the first international retrospective of iconic British designer Mary Quant in almost 50 years. With over 200 garments and accessories including unseen pieces from her archive, the exhibition will explore the years between 1955 and 1975 in which Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street. One of Britain’s most influential designers, Quant is known for her bright, playful clothes, from the decade-defining mini skirt to vibrant tights, popularised by the likes of Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton. Opening 6 April

Read our full guide to Mary Quant at the V&A

Tim Walker

Tim Walker

V&A Tim Walker Wonderful Things Exhibition Installation View – ‘Retrospective’ Section/ © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Delve into the mind of one of the world’s most inventive photographers, Tim Walker, through a series of photographs, films, photographic sets and special installations. Until March 2020

Cars: Accelerating the Modern World

French advertisement (1934) for the Tatra 77

French advertisement (1934) for the Tatra 77

An exhibition curated for all the motor enthusiasts of the world, Cars: Accelerating the Modern World explores the 130-year long history of the car, how it has impacted the way in which we live, and the transformative future of the revolutionary industry. 19 October 2019 – 19 April 2020

Discover an array of beautiful ‘hope’-inspired photography at the V&A’s Prix Pictet 2019 exhibition, where 12 shortlisted photographers will have their spectacular works displayed within The Porter Gallery as part of the annual competition. Opens 14 November 

William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

 William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond coronet in V&A William and Judith Bollinger Gallery © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

If you haven’t already, be sure to visit the V&A’s spectacular must-see William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, an incredible assemblage of diamonds and jewels which relaunched earlier this year in celebration of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s bicentenary. The pièce de résistance of the collection? The extraordinary sapphire and diamond coronet (pictured above), designed for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert himself in 1840.

Visit vam.ac.uk for more information

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