V&A’s DesignLab Nation

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The V&A has announced an ambitious schools programme, DesignLab Nation, which will be funded through prize money from the Art Fund Museum of the Year Award 2016. The programme will help to revive art and design education in secondary schools nationwide.

Launching in September 2017, it will target 11-16 year olds in predominantly industrial areas, bringing together secondary schools in partnership with local museums and regional creative industries to inspire students, train teachers and preserve the essential role that Art, Design and Technology plays in education for young people.  It is also designed to help support the new Design and Technology GCSE course.

Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A, said: “At a time when the creative industries are one of the UK’s greatest national and economic assets, we want to inspire and support students and teachers as the new Design and Technology GSCE arrives this autumn. The V&A has a responsibility to protect and promote design education for the future. By bringing together local industry, museums and schools, DesignLab Nation will ensure that the V&A delivers on our founding purpose, to educate and inspire the artists, innovators, designers and creatives of tomorrow.”

In the first year, the programme will work with Culture Coventry, including the Herbert Museum & Art Gallery and the Coventry Transport Museum, as well as Blackburn Museum, before expanding to Sheffield and two additional locations in the following year. Loans from the V&A’s collections, to be selected in consultation with project partners, will complement the programme and ensure that all visitors to the partner museums have the chance to experience the V&A’s collections, first-hand, in the context of their local history and creative clusters.

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