Camping it Up

It’s nearly time for the annual Summer Camp at the Victoria & Albert Museum, with this year’s event spreading across July, August and September and taking in three key themes: Idea, Design and Make.

Copyright Hendzel  Hunt
Copyright Hendzel & Hunt

Summer Camp 2011 will run across three Friday nights, one in each month, and visitors will be able to take part in a range of masterclasses, workshops, talks and – yes – games.

The Subversive Gardeners, 2009, copyright Vanessa Harden
The Subversive Gardeners, 2009, copyright Vanessa Harden

Permanent installations, to run across all nights, will include an installation by Hendzel & Hunt in the V&A’s Grand Entrance and a series of lectures from Alex Rich and Jürg Lehni, who will be accompanied by robots drawing the objects being discussed…

The first night – Idea, to be held in July – will encourage visitors to discover new ideas and concepts. To get the creative juices flowing, Something & Son has created a Rotting Compost Bar, which will use energy from kitchen waste compose to boil water for cups of tea. Yum. Meanwhile Future Cities Project will chair a debate on public architecture and The Decorators will be putting together a mass-authored Summer Camp design manifesto.

The Design portion of Summer Camp will take place over a Friday night and Saturday afternoon in August, and highlights will include guerilla gardener Vanessa Harden showing you how to make ‘seed pills’ – capsules that can be dropped on the ground to plant seeds. Alexa Galea will be hosting speed-drawing classes, Bobby Peterson will be running a game of musical chairs ‘with a twist’ and the Summer Camp speakers corner will play host to anyone with a design frustration to get off their chest.

Rotting Compost Tea Bar copyright Something and Son
Rotting Compost Tea Bar copyright Something & Son

The series will conclude in September with the Make session, which is based around the Daniel Charny-curated Power of Making exhibition. The Institute of Ideas and V&A design residents Postler Ferguson will host a series of talks focusing on the ‘march of the makers’ trend.

Empty Words, Things to Say 2009, copyright Alex Rich and Jürg Lehni
Empty Words, Things to Say 2009, copyright Alex Rich and Jürg Lehni

Throughout it all, Bombay Sapphire will be serving a selection of specially designed Imagination Cocktails from its Imagination bar in the John Madejski Garden and other bars throughout the museum.

The V&A Summer Camp takes place on 29 July, 26-27 August and 30 September.

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