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The Big DrawThe Big Draw takes place nationwide throughout the month of October and museums, galleries, heritage sites, libraries, schools and parks all play host to a variety of events encouraging people of all ages to discover how drawing can connect them with their surroundings and communities. Put together by the Campaign for Drawing, a charity which aims to eradicate the words, "I can't draw", The Big Draw is one of the world's largest drawing festivals and more than 1,000 organisations in the UK and fifteen other countries participate each year. In 2013 The Big Draw collaborated with the Family Arts Festival to create the largest arts festival the UK has ever seen and that will continue into this year. London institutions like the British Museum, National Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Wellcome Collection, the British Library and Discover children's centre are all hosting events so there's a good chance something will be going on at a venue near you.

 

About Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum (or V & A as everyone calls it) was originally founded in 1852 to inspire and educate British designers and manufacturers. Today it houses over 4 million items spanning centuries and hundreds of cultures. The stunning collection covers European, Indian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Islamic artefacts ranging from ceramics, glass, metalwork and sculpture to costume, armour, weaponry and furniture. More about Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
South Kensington Tube Station
 
4 minutes walk
 
Gloucester Road Tube Station
 
9 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
 
Victoria Railway Station
 
24 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Union Car Parks
 
4 minutes walk
 
Q-Park Kingston House
 
6 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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RCM Sparks Explorers: Course (Ages 10-12)
London > Events > Kids Events  Dates: Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th July 2014
Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, SW7 | 5 minutes from The Big Draw
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Cadogan Hotel, 75 Sloane Street, SW1X | 11 minutes from The Big Draw
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Science Museum IMAX
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Exhibition Road, Knightsbridge, South Kensington, London SW7 | 3 minutes from The Big Draw
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Institut Francais Cultural Centre, 17 Queensberry Place, South Kensington, London SW7 | 5 minutes from The Big Draw
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Royal College of Music
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 5 minutes from The Big Draw
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Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | Same location as The Big Draw
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London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Brompton Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 2 minutes from The Big Draw
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London > Shopping > Delicatessens
24-25 Cromwell Place, South Kensington, London SW7 | 3 minutes from The Big Draw
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London > Shopping > Florists
Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 4 minutes from The Big Draw
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The Library
London > Shopping > Menswear
268 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW3 | 5 minutes from The Big Draw
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London > Restaurants > British restaurants
3 Cromwell Road, SW7 | 2 minutes from The Big Draw
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Kulu Kulu
London > Restaurants > Japanese restaurants
39 Thurloe Place, South Kensington, London SW7 | 2 minutes from The Big Draw
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Cassis Bistro
London > Restaurants > French restaurants
232-236 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW3 | 3 minutes from The Big Draw
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Dana Centre
London > Education > Evening Classes
165 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, South Kensington, London SW7 | 6 minutes from The Big Draw
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The London School of Painting and Drawing
London > Education > Evening Classes
23 Kensington Square, Kensington, London W8 | 16 minutes from The Big Draw
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London > Nightlife > Bars
86 Fulham Road, South Kensington, London SW3 | 9 minutes from The Big Draw
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London > Nightlife > Bars
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London > Business > Venue Hire
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | Same location as The Big Draw
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Natural History Museum
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Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 4 minutes from The Big Draw
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Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum events

 
Victorian London: High Culture And Low Life: CourseVictorian London: High Culture And Low Life: CourseThe history of 19th century London.30th July 2014Thursday 7th August 2014 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
Category: event
Now On
Victorian London: High Culture And Low Life: Course
event > Exhibitions > Lifestyle - Workshops
DATES  29th Jul to 31st Jul and 4th Aug to 7th Aug 2014 - 11am-3.30pm
VENUE  Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 
The history of 19th century London.
Baroque And Later IvoriesBaroque And Later IvoriesGerman, Austrian, Netherlandish, French, British and Hispanic Baroque and ivory sculpture, including portrait busts, tankards, statuettes and devotional reliefs.30th July 2014Sunday 28th September 2014 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
Baroque And Later Ivories
event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Sculpture | PRICING  Free  
DATES  7th May to 28th September 2014
VENUE  Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 
German, Austrian, Netherlandish, French, British and Hispanic Baroque and ivory sculpture, including portrait busts, tankards, statuettes and devotional reliefs.
Beatrix Potter: The Land The Seasons And The War WWIBeatrix Potter: The Land The Seasons And The War WWIWatercolour paintings of the landscape of the Lake District made during the First World War, together with correspondence and a poster and leaflet campaign for the 1910 election.30th July 2014Sunday 12th October 2014 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
Beatrix Potter: The Land The Seasons And The War WWI
event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Painting | PRICING  Free  
DATES  7th May to 12th October 2014
VENUE  Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 
Watercolour paintings of the landscape of the Lake District made during the First World War, together with correspondence and a poster and leaflet campaign for the 1910 election.
Memoirs Of An Infantry Officer: Paul Hogarth Illustrates Siegfried Sassoon WWIMemoirs Of An Infantry Officer: Paul Hogarth Illustrates Siegfried Sassoon WWIDrawings and watercolours for Sassoon's novel based on his experiences in the trenches of the First World War.30th July 2014Sunday 12th October 2014 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
Memoirs Of An Infantry Officer: Paul Hogarth Illustrates Siegfried Sassoon WWI
event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Illustration & Drawing | PRICING  Free  
DATES  7th May to 12th October 2014
VENUE  Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 
Drawings and watercolours for Sassoon's novel based on his experiences in the trenches of the First World War.
A World To Win: Posters Of Protest And RevolutionA World To Win: Posters Of Protest And RevolutionA World To Win: Posters Of Protest And Revolution The power of the poster is explored in the V&As free show A World to Win. From the Votes for Women movement to Occupy, from fighting hospital closures to antiapartheid, the museums poster collection features some potent graphic design. It also raises the question is the mere act of making or displaying a poster a political a30th July 2014Sunday 2nd November 2014 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
A World To Win: Posters Of Protest And Revolution
event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Print | PRICING  Free  
DATES  1st May to 2nd November 2014
VENUE  Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 
The power of the poster is explored in the V&As free show A World to Win. From the Votes for Women movement to Occupy, from fighting hospital closures to antiapartheid, the museums poster collection features some potent graphic design. It also raises the question is the mere act of making or displaying a poster a political a... More about this event
 
Disobedient ObjectsDisobedient ObjectsDisobedient ObjectsThe V&A's Disobedient Objects exhibition showcases items made to play a role in political protest, ranging from Suffragette teapots to protest robots. Particular focus will be made from the 1970s to the present day, a time that has brought new technologies and political challenges. 30th July 2014Sunday 1st February 2015 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
Disobedient Objects
event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Graphic Design | PRICING  Free  
DATES  26th July 2014 to 1st February 2015
VENUE  Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 
The V&A's Disobedient Objects exhibition showcases items made to play a role in political protest, ranging from Suffragette teapots to protest robots. Particular focus will be made from the 1970s to the present day, a time that has brought new technologies and political challenges. ... More about this event
 
Shakespeare: Greatest Living PlaywrightShakespeare: Greatest Living PlaywrightShakespeare's First Folio acts as a centrepiece for this major installation which will explore the writer's works as inspiration for theatrical interpretations globally and historically. Included will be an audiovisual installation which features a series of interviews with contemporary actors, directors and designers, as well as various items incl30th July 2014Sunday 21st September 2014 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright
event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Installation | PRICING  Free  
DATES  8th February to 21st September 2014
VENUE  Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 
Shakespeare's First Folio acts as a centrepiece for this major installation which will explore the writer's works as inspiration for theatrical interpretations globally and historically. Included will be an audiovisual installation which features a series of interviews with contemporary actors, directors and designers, as well as various items incl
Print Of The MonthPrint Of The MonthA changing display of historical, contemporary and modern prints.30th July 2014Friday 5th September 2014 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
Print Of The Month
event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Print | PRICING  Free  
DATES  21st January to 5th September 2014
VENUE  Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 
A changing display of historical, contemporary and modern prints.
This Time in History: What EscapesThis Time in History: What EscapesThis Time in History: What EscapesEach time Edinburgh-based visual artist Rose Frain carries out her site-specific installation piece 'What Escapes' it is different; what binds its various incarnations together is the theme of looking beyond the official accounts of war and seeking out the traces of actual experience. Here the V&A has invited Frain to work with objects from its col30th July 2014Sunday 30th November 2014 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
This Time in History: What Escapes
event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Installation | PRICING  Free  
DATES  16th April to 30th November 2014
VENUE  Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 
Each time Edinburgh-based visual artist Rose Frain carries out her site-specific installation piece 'What Escapes' it is different; what binds its various incarnations together is the theme of looking beyond the official accounts of war and seeking out the traces of actual experience. Here the V&A has invited Frain to work with objects from its col... More about this event
 
Simon Carroll: Expressionist PotterSimon Carroll: Expressionist PotterA retrospective of contemporary ceramics.30th July 2014Sunday 4th January 2015 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
Simon Carroll: Expressionist Potter
event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions | PRICING  Free  
DATES  7th May 2014 to 4th January 2015
VENUE  Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 
A retrospective of contemporary ceramics.
 

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Print Of The Month
Exhibitions | Until 5th September 2014 

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum

A changing display of historical, contemporary and modern prints....More

Baroque And Later Ivories
Exhibitions | Until 28th September 2014 

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum

German, Austrian, Netherlandish, French, British and Hispanic Baroque and ivory sculpture, including portrait busts, tankards, statuettes and devotional reliefs....More

Simon Carroll: Expressionist Potter
Exhibitions | Until 4th January 2015 

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum

A retrospective of contemporary ceramics....More

Memoirs Of An Infantry Officer: Paul Hogarth Illustrates Siegfried Sassoon WWI
Exhibitions | Until 12th October 2014 

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum

Drawings and watercolours for Sassoon's novel based on his experiences in the trenches of the First World War....More

Beatrix Potter: The Land The Seasons And The War WWI
Exhibitions | Until 12th October 2014 

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum

Watercolour paintings of the landscape of the Lake District made during the First World War, together with correspondence and a ...More

A History Of Photography
Exhibitions | Until 17th January 2015 

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum

Photographs from the 1840s to the 1970s, featuring Eugene Atget's views of Old Paris and significant images by Henri Cartier-Bresson, ...More

Disobedient Objects
Disobedient Objects
Exhibitions | Until 1st February 2015 

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum

The V&A's Disobedient Objects exhibition showcases items made to play a role in political protest, ranging from Suffragette teapots to ...More

 
Wedding Dresses 1775-2014
Wedding Dresses 1775-2014
Exhibitions | Until 15th March 2015 

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum

The V&A turns its attentions, and not inconsiderable costume collection, to the subject of marriage, and in particular the evolution ...More

 
This Time in History: What Escapes
This Time in History: What Escapes
Exhibitions | Until 30th November 2014 

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum

Each time Edinburgh-based visual artist Rose Frain carries out her site-specific installation piece 'What Escapes' it is different; what binds ...More

 
 
 
 
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