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Success stories - V.A. Wait Times Now Shorter Than for Private Doctors

From New York Times on 01/22/19 Wait times for an appointment at Veterans Affairs hospitals have decreased since 2014 and are now, on average, shorter than those in the private sector, a new study shows. Researchers used V.A. data to calculate wait times for about 17 million appointments. The public sector data came from a survey conducted by a physicians’ search firm in nearly 2,000 medical offices in 30 major and midsize metropolitan areas. The study, in JAMA Network Open, covered f...
Tags: Health, Success Stories, New York Times, Veterans Affairs, Infertility, Talkin, Johnny Winter, David G Markham, Markham s Behavioral Health, Organizational Performance, Health Care Delivery, V.A


Was that a reference to Magritte? Design/ Play/ Disrupt review

Squid fights, sex dolls and nods to modern masters … the V&A’s superb video games show kicks off in the noughties, which was just when they got interestingVideo games are a unique and sometimes messy mixture of everything from visual arts to music, coding and animation, typically experienced at home over the course of 10 hours or more. This makes them a fascinating subject for design critics and curators, but it also means that they do not adapt well to a museum setting. The soul of games – the ...
Tags: Games, Design, Technology, Berlin, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Games consoles, Exhibitions, V&a, Magritte


Xbox controller and mosquito emoji join V&A collection

Snapchat spectacles also among new acquisitions ahead of video games exhibitionAn Xbox controller, a mosquito emoji and a pair of Snapchat spectacles have been added to the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collection.The acquisitions were made as part of the museum’s “rapid response collecting” programme, which began in 2014 and has seen an eclectic range of objects, including an Ikea soft toy, a Jeremy Corbyn T-shirt and a pink knitted pussyhat enter the collection. Continue reading...
Tags: Games, Technology, London, UK News, Snapchat, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Xbox, Ikea, V&a, Victoria, Emoji, Jeremy Corbyn, Albert Museum


Returning artefacts of empire isn’t so simple | Letters

Michael Liversidge and Dr Jharna Gourlay respond to David Olusoga’s suggestion that British museums should send back thousands of objects taken from former coloniesAs someone raised in colonial Africa who has taught art history here for nearly 50 years I agree with David Olusoga that returning the spoils of empire makes a lot of sense (UK should return looted art to ex-colonies, says historian, 28 May). It need not empty our museums of everything so acquired. As he showed in his recent BBC Civil...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Islamic State, India, Africa, UK News, World news, Syria, Bbc, Afghanistan, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Foreign Policy, Art and design


A local’s guide to Dundee: top 10 tips

The city’s beautiful waterfront is being reinvigorated thanks to a £1bn makeover, with the stunning new V&A museum, the first outside London, as its centrepieceDundee and the River Tay come as a pair. From William McGonagall’s poetry paying tribute to “the silvery Tay”, recounting the rail bridge disaster of 1879, to the current waterfront transformation, the river is the lifeblood of the town. The best way to see the city from the Tay estuary is to board a vessel operated by Pirate Boats, which...
Tags: Travel, London, Scotland, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Dundee, V&a, City Breaks, Top 10s, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Scotland Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Broughty Ferry, William McGonagall


The Maqdala treasures illuminate Britain’s history – but may belong in Ethiopia | Martin Kettle

The artefacts on display at the V&A were seized in a little-known British imperial war. It is time to consider their returnA group of Ethiopian treasures, now on special display at the Victoria and Albert Museum, have rekindled an old debate about whether such artefacts should be returned to their country of origin. Ethiopia would like them back. The V&A’s director, Tristram Hunt, has suggested a long-term loan. The Ethiopian government has welcomed Hunt’s offer. And there, for now, the matter r...
Tags: Africa, World news, Britain, Museums, Ethiopia, V&a, Victoria, Tristram Hunt, Hunt, Albert Museum, Martin Kettle


The Ethiopian treasures in the V&A may have to return home | Martin Kettle

The Maqdala artefacts were seized in an imperial war that wasn’t about plunder or annexation. Still, they may not be in the right placeA group of Ethiopian treasures, now on special display at the Victoria and Albert Museum, have rekindled an old debate about whether such artefacts should be returned to their country of origin. Ethiopia would like them back. The V&A’s director, Tristram Hunt, has suggested a long-term loan. The Ethiopian government has welcomed Hunt’s offer. And there, for now, ...
Tags: Africa, World news, Museums, Ethiopia, V&a, Victoria, Tristram Hunt, Hunt, Albert Museum, Martin Kettle


British museums and looted treasures | Letters

The V&A should acknowledge the circumstances in which its Ethiopian artefacts were acquired by returning them unconditionally, says Douglas CurrieI am writing to take issue with the views of the V&A director, Tristram Hunt, as quoted by Mark Brown in his article concerning Ethiopian artefacts held by the museum (Ethiopian treasures could be on their way home after V&A offers long-term loan, 4 April).Among the reasons given by Mr Hunt for not allowing a “simple return” of items to their countries...
Tags: Politics, Africa, World news, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Ethiopia, V&a, Tristram Hunt, Hunt, Mark Brown, Douglas CurrieI


Looted Ethiopian treasures in UK could be returned on loan

Victoria and Albert Museum director says artefacts could be sent to Africa on long-term loanTreasures including a gold crown and a royal wedding dress, which were taken from Ethiopia by the British 150 years ago, could be returned to Africa by the Victoria and Albert Musuem on long-term loan.Ethiopia lodged a formal restitution claim in 2007 for hundreds of important and beautiful manuscripts and artefacts being held by various British institutions, all plundered after the 1868 capture of Maqdal...
Tags: Politics, UK, Africa, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Ethiopia, Colonialism, Exhibitions, V&a, Victoria, Tristram Hunt, Albert Museum director


The V&A's new Chinese outpost: an oasis of calm in a kitsch jumble

Wedged between a landlocked cruise liner and gothic apartment blocks, the V&A’s first international foothold, built in the cradle of the new China, is more luxury mall than magical museumA fake iPhone is on display next to a mobile designed for the elderly in the V&A’s new outpost in Shenzhen, southern China, the first overseas branch in the museum’s history, which opens on Saturday. Both phones were made nearby, one the product of the region’s many counterfeit factories, the other developed by ...
Tags: Hong Kong, London, China, World news, Culture, Architecture, Asia Pacific, Art and design, Museums, Exhibitions, V&a, Shenzhen, Brendan Cormier


Shenzhen’s new V&A-approved culture centre to showcase city’s artistic side

The Chinese megacity has grown rapidly over the last 35 years and with its new Sea World Culture and Arts Centre opening in December it’s looking to make as big an impact in culture as it has in industryShenzhen is a border town, tech hub, factory floor and somewhere Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas has labelled a “generic city”: malleable enough to change its form with the times.This Pearl River Delta megalopolis is China’s richest city, having grown from 30,000 inhabitants in 1980 – when it was de...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Hong Kong, China, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Art and design, Museums, V&a, Cultural Trips, Rem Koolhaas, Shenzhen, China Holidays, Pearl River Delta, Koolhaas


Pioneering female travellers and collectors in new exhibition at The Atkinson

Pioneering female travellers and collectors take centre stage in new exhibition From Nefertiti to Amelia Edwards and Mrs Goodison, Egypt has been a place of strong women. The unique exhibition; Adventures in Egypt: Mrs Goodison & Other Travellers tells the fascinating stories of some influential women in the early days of Egyptian archaeology and re-unites ancient masterpieces not seen […] The post Pioneering female travellers and collectors in new exhibition at The Atkinson appeared first on Ar...
Tags: Art, News, Egypt, V&a, Arts Council England, Atkinson, Goodison, Nefertiti, The Atkinson, Art Fund, Atkinson Development Trust, Christ Church Priomary School, Amelia Edwards


Martin Roth, former V&A director, dies aged 62

First German to head major UK museum oversaw record visitor numbers but left V&A after disillusionment with Brexit voteThe V&A has paid tribute to its former director Martin Roth, who has died in Berlin, aged 62.Roth was the first German to head a major British museum, leaving the V&A in 2016 shortly after it won the museum of the year award. That victory meant that Roth, after five years in charge, could leave while the museum was on a high. However it was a decision also hastened by his disill...
Tags: Europe, UK, Germany, Berlin, European Union, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Museums, V&a, Brexit, Roth, Martin Roth


Michelangelo’s David without the air fare | Letters

Michelangelo’s David | Porous borders | Leftover pastry recipes | Guardian merchandise | Television listingsOne does not have to go to Italy to see one of the finest of Michelangelo’s sculptures (Review of Michelangelo and Sebastiano, 14 March). Just visit London’s Victoria & Albert museum, which houses a copy of Michelangelo’s David in its cast department. As well as studying the sculpture in a room invariably bereft of other visitors, one can also view the statue from an upper floor and be alm...
Tags: Europe, London, Television, Media, Russia, Cold War, Life and style, World news, Newspapers & magazines, Newspapers, David, Culture, Art and design, Food & Drink, Television & radio, Museums


V&A launches major new opera exhibition

Museum plans to explain the history of Europe through the prism of opera, showing how art can travel across bordersA newly announced V&A exhibition exploring opera could help remove the prejudice and misconceptions many people still have about the art form, it has been claimed.Kasper Holten, the departing director of the Royal Opera, believes a show being staged by the V&A later this year could be a game-changer. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Exhibitions, V&a, Opera, Kasper Holten, Royal Opera


V&A opera exhibition looks to put to rest prejudice about art form

Museum plans to explain history of Europe through prism of opera, showing how art can cross borders and inspireA newly announced V&A exhibition exploring opera could help remove the prejudice and misconceptions many people still have about the art form, it has been claimed.Kasper Holten, the departing director of the Royal Opera, believes a show being staged by the museum later this year could be a gamechanger. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Exhibitions, V&a, Opera, Kasper Holten, Royal Opera


Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery – a Vulpes Libris Random.

If you are in range of London between now and next February, I encourage, indeed urge you to visit the V&A and see the current exhibition Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of … Continue reading →
Tags: Books, London, V&a, Exhibition, Medieval, Embroidery, Entries by Hilary, Non-fiction: Art, Illustrated, Vulpes Randoms


Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

No cute furry creatures this week, just some gorgeous foxy autumn colour from Winkworth Arboretum, not a million miles away from chez Bookfox Hilary; which makes me think that I … Continue reading →
Tags: Books, Fiction, V&a, Non-fiction, Deborah Levy, Fiction: 21st Century, Coming up this week, Entries by Hilary, Fiction: 20th Century, Non-fiction: Art


In a world of fear and loathing, we need art more than ever

Attempts to downgrade the importance of art in education are plain wrong. Creativity is transforming lives, and always willThis has been a grisly week, and the future looks rather a mess, so as light relief I’d like to report on something uplifting and beautiful I saw in London last week – an exhibition by artists working with the charity Intoart of ceramics, prints and paintings. It included a stunning 48-piece tiled frieze by Mawuena Kattah, full of energy, colour, wit, and all about who and w...
Tags: Art, London, Education, Society, Disability, Culture, Art and design, Museums, V&a, Learning disability


Engineering the World review – Ove Arup, the man who built modernity

Victoria & Albert Museum, LondonHe was the structural brain behind Sydney Opera House and the Pompidou Centre, and his empire now numbers 12,000 people. Three decades after his death, a new show celebrates the 20th century’s most influential engineerTanks of algae burp and bubble in the entrance to the V&A’s new exhibition, a shop window of eerie green gunge that gurgles away beneath a huge steel bracket the size of an aeroplane wing. The green slime might be the future of your double-glazing. I...
Tags: Design, Technology, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Engineering, Art and design, Museums, Paris, Exhibitions, Construction industry, V&a, Sydney Opera House, Pompidou Centre, Ove Arup


Smithsonian abandons plan for bespoke London outpost

World’s biggest museum and research complex will instead stage joint exhibitions with V&A on site of London 2012 OlympicsThe Smithsonian, the world’s biggest museum and research complex, has abandoned its plan for a bespoke outpost in London and will instead stage joint exhibitions with the V&A on the former Olympic site in east London.The two organisations released a joint statement on Monday announcing what they called a “major new international collaboration”. Both will be part of the new cul...
Tags: London, UK News, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Smithsonian, V&a, Olympic Games 2012, Stratford


Vivien Leigh and designer reunited in exhibition from star's archive

More than 100 pieces will go on display at Oliver Messel’s home in show charting their twin careers and friendshipThe shimmering coronet made for Vivien Leigh when she played Titania almost 80 years ago is to go on public display in a new exhibition, along with drawings, photographs, letters, costumes and other treasures collected by the actor.The gossamer-light creation by her favourite theatre designer, Oliver Messel, shivers slightly when anyone steps near the display case – to the terror of ...
Tags: Film, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Exhibitions, V&a, Vivien Leigh, Oliver Messel


Erasing Isis: how 3D technology now lets us copy and rebuild entire cities

Imagine Palmyra rebuilt as if Isis had never arrived, or Kathmandu restored to its pre-quake glory. As the V&A’s special pavilion at the Venice Biennale shows, we now have the technology to create perfect copies of cities – but should we?The 2,000-year-old city of Palmyra was once Syria’s most popular tourist attraction. Walking through the Roman Great Colonnade to the Temple of Bel, with the sun setting and the stones turning gold and pink in the desert light, you felt a deep connection across ...
Tags: Isis, Science, Technology, Islamic State, World news, Syria, Cities, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Art and design, Heritage, Nepal, Museums, 3d Printing, Archaeology


Master Strokes: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Golden Age review – a lust for life

Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonThe Flemish are precise and the Dutch are florid – but they all share a Falstaffian appetite for life. Innkeeper, more beer! Related: Rubens, Rubens, everywhere Dutch and Flemish art are as different as gouda and pancakes – at least it seems that way, looking at oil paintings. In the Renaissance, these regions of northern Europe were divided by war and religion. The birth of the Dutch Republic in 1581 created a Protestant but tolerant culture whose merchants r...
Tags: Art, Europe, Culture, Art and design, Drawing, Museums, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Belgium, V&a, Victoria, Dutch Republic


How drawing focuses the mind | Daniel Glaser

Sketching requires looking at objects in a different way – it’s all in the detailThe V&A has come under fire for banning sketching at its new exhibition of underwear. The museum says it’s to ease congestion as punters browse through 18th-century knickers and learn the history of the jockstrap . But as one Twitter user pointed out: ‘Drawing is an essential mode of looking.’Sketching something close up and looking at it from afar are approached in quite different ways by the brain. When you see so...
Tags: Health, Art, Science, Neuroscience, Life and style, Society, Culture, Art and design, Drawing, Museums, V&a, Daniel Glaser


Emporiums of inspiration: the Museum of the Year 2016 shortlist

From a Scottish country estate to a psychiatric hospital, the Museum of the Year shortlist is announced this week. Tracy Chevalier, Grayson Perry, Norman Foster, Antony Gormley and John Akomfrah champion their favouritesI was writer in residence at the gallery in 2008 and so knew it in its old incarnation as well as its new, following the superb renovation last year. It remains a very democratic experience. York Art Gallery has always been welcoming, with lots of places to sit and ways to intera...
Tags: Art, London, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Sculpture, Norman Foster, V&a, Bristol, Paul Robeson, Ceramics, York, Jacob Epstein, John Akomfrah, Anthony Shaw


Bethlem Museum of the Mind on shortlist for museum of year award

Museum in grounds of mental hospital up against V&A, Arnolfini, York Art Gallery and Jupiter Artland sculpture park and galleryOne of the newest and most unusual museums in the UK, Museum of the Mind, which opened only last year at Bethlem, one of the oldest mental hospitals in the world, has made the shortlist for the 2016 Museum of the Year award.The small museum in the handsomely converted former administrative building within the hospital grounds in Bromley, greater London, showcases both th...
Tags: Art, London, UK News, Culture, Museums, V&a, Bristol, Bromley, Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Arnolfini York Art Gallery, Jupiter Artland, UK Museum of the Mind, Bethlem, University of the West of England Continue


Unseen Beatrix Potter illustration to go on display for first time at V&A

Peter Rabbit drawing for story of Kitty-in-Boots will be on display to celebrate 150th anniversary of birth of children’s author Beatrix PotterThe watercolour is unfamiliar, but the central figure is known to millions: a rabbit in a blue coat ferociously setting about a pair of villainous ferrets with his umbrella.The newly discovered picture by Beatrix Potter, for a story of Kitty-in-Boots – the black cat skulking behind the tree – that she never completed, will go on display at the Victoria an...
Tags: Books, UK News, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Museums, V&a, Victoria, Albert, Beatrix Potter, Kitty, Beatrix, A. Peter Rabbit


'No sketching': V&A signs betray everything museums stand for

No visit should be complete without tripping over a skinny-jeaned student clutching a sketchbook. This draconian diktat denies visitors their art educationStealthily photographing someone’s knickers might normally get you arrested, but everyone’s at it in the V&A. A ban on photography in the museum’s new exhibition, Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear, means that the gallery is full of people furtively trying to snap pictures of pants when the guards aren’t looking. Sneaky museum Instagrammi...
Tags: Art, Culture, Art and design, Drawing, Museums, V&a


'No sketching': V&A signs betray everything the museum stands for

No visit should be complete without tripping over a skinny-jeaned student clutching a sketchbook. This draconian diktat denies visitors their art educationStealthily photographing someone’s knickers might normally get you arrested, but everyone’s at it in the V&A. A ban on photography in the museum’s new exhibition, Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear, means the gallery is full of people furtively trying to snap pictures of pants when the guards aren’t looking. Sneaky museum Instagramming ne...
Tags: Art, Culture, Art and design, Drawing, Museums, V&a