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Friday Late at the V&A: A Vote for Whom?

March 30 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

V&A Summer Party

Head to the V&A on Friday 30 March from 6.30pm for a #FridayLate event all about 100 years of suffrage


The V&A’s Friday late series celebrate all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design in society with leading and emerging artists and designers through live performance, film, installation, debate, DJs and late-night exhibition openings. Held every month on the last Friday of the month (except May and December).

This month the theme is ‘A Vote for Whom?’ to mark the centenary of some women in the UK being granted the right to vote. Despite 100 years having passed since the landmark decision, much work is still needed to include more voices in the fight for equality and enfranchisement. The #FridayLate at the V&A looks at the contemporary practices of activism and modern democracy, through a series of talks, dance performances, films and debates.

Cromwell Road, Grand Entrance
‘Resis’Dance’s safe space club nights celebrate womxn, non-binary folx and people of colour in their line-ups. Join them in the Grand Entrance as Resis’Dance DJs weave together house, R’n’B, hip hop and dancehall.’

Calling Home
Fashion, Room 40
‘How do you make a film about detained women that your government doesn’t want you to see? With phones and recording devices banned at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, filmmaker Jade Jackman set out to find another way of documenting the lives of female asylum seekers detained there.’ jadeshamraeff.com

Silent Roars
Fashion, Room 40
‘Maia Krall Fry’s film Silent Roars reveals the ways in which online activists tackling climate change, transphobia, racism, and consumerism shape and are shaped by their social media worlds; and not always positively. In the face of this feedback loop, Munroe Bergdorf, Ella Grace Denton, Mya-Rose Craig and Elizabeth Farrell explain why they are continuing to speak out.’ maiakrallfry.co.uk | @MaiaKrallFry

Europe 1600–1815 Galleries
The Salon, Room 4
‘BORN::FREE is a community of contemporary storytellers fusing activism and poetry. Join founder Belinda Zhawi in the Salon alongside poets Golden Blue, Remi Graves, Rachel Long, Momtaza Mehri and special guests as they ask ‘A Vote for Whom?’.’ @bornfreeLDN

Radically Soft 
Sculpture, Rooms 21–24 – The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries
‘Labu Dalu’s illustrations reveal hidden personal worlds and celebrate finding peace amidst normative pressures. Set amongst the sculptures of the Hintze Galleries, observe the ways in which Dalu’s works set out to reclaim the power of softness through their honest depictions of body positivity, self-care, and the beauty of the ordinary.’
@lubadalu | lubadalu.tumblr.com

Grrrl Zine Fair: Raising Our Voices
Lunchroom, Sackler Centre for arts education
‘Grrrl Zine Fair harnesses the values of intersectional feminism and Do It Yourself culture to showcase work created by women, LGBTQIA*, people of colour and people with disabilities across publishing, contemporary art and music. This drop-in zine workshop will give you the skills you need for creating your own self-published zine.’ @grrrlzinefair | Grrrlzinefair.com

Archival Activism
Hochhauser Auditorium
Level one, Sackler Centre for arts education
‘In this series of 15-minute mini-lectures, three guest speakers will look at how collaborations between archivists and activists can preserve and promote counter-narratives, empower communities, and enable collectives and individuals to tell their own stories.’

This is just a selection of the events happening at the V&A on the night.



All events are free, and places are designated on a first-come, first-served basis, unless stated otherwise. Arrive early to ensure your place; if the Museum reaches capacity access will be granted on a one-in, one-out basis. Follow the action with #FridayLate. vam.ac.uk

Find more ways to mark the centenary in our round-up of everything happening to mark 100 years of suffrage. 


March 30 2018
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Cromwell Road
London, SW7 2RL United Kingdom