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V&A's new cultural quarter is a revelation
Shade C.Simon Heijdens
A six-year project to transform the Victoria and Albert Museum's former boiler house yard on Exhibition Road is now complete, and a week-long festival is being held to celebrate its official opening.
The Sainsbury Gallery, a purpose-built space for temporary exhibitions, The Sackler Courtyard, paved with 11,000 hand-made tiles, and The Blavatnik Hall, a new entrance into the museum from Exhibition Road, make up the V&A Exhibition Road Quarter.
V&A REVEAL hosts a series of art and design commissions, performances, fashion shows, and family events from 30 June until 8 July. Festival highlights include Shade, an immersive experience of augmented light, by Simon Heijdens, on show in The Sainsbury Gallery until 4 July, the first major public performance of Kairos by artist and musician Anat Ben-David, and a showcase of original creations by British fashion designer Molly Goddard on 7 July.
Nothing is Set in Stone by artist Mira Calix, is a live stream of music, performance art, dance and spoken word. Julie Cunningham & Company present Double Bill, a dance performance inspired by Yoko Ono's 'Dance Pieces'.
The historic façades surrounding the Sackler Courtyard will be illuminated by artists and designers Ron Arad, Zandra Rhodes, Jonathan Barnbrook, Greenaway & Greenaway, Toru Ishii, and Leyla Reynolds 'drawing with light' on the museum's walls. Light Sgraffito is a free event which runs in the evenings until 8 July.
REVEAL opens on 30 June, with free entry to the public from 6.30-10pm. Admission to the Victoria and Albert Museum is free. Some exhibitions and events carry a separate charge. The museum is open daily from 10.00 – 17.45 with Friday Lates until 10pm.