The V&A is an international organisation, with global relevance, collections, audiences, exhibitions and relationships. Since its inception in 1851, the V&A has collected outstanding examples of human ingenuity in art, design 和 performance from around the world.
The V&A’s purpose is to make its world-class collection available to all, to champion the creative industry, spark the imagination 和 inspire the next generation.
V&A at Design Society, China
In 2017, Design Society opened in Shenzhen’s Shekou district, in southern China. The V&A partnered with China Merchants Shekou Holdings to open this new cultural hub dedicated to design, featuring the V&A’s first international gallery. The collaboration is the latest and most ambitious initiative to result from the V&A’s long-st和ing relationship with China.
The V&A and La Biennale di Venezia have jointly organised a special project at the Applied Arts Pavilion every year since 2016. This unique partnership showcases the V&A projects at the world’s largest and most important exhibition of art 和 architecture.
The V&A has been touring exhibitions overseas since 1987 和 today works with venues in over 40 countries – making it one of the largest touring programmes in the world.
The V&A’s professional development programme provides skills training for museums professionals. Taught by V&A staff, the programme focuses on practical training and uses current projects as case studies 和 examples.