Venice in Peril

‘Venice and the V&A’ with Tristram Hunt


Kirker Spring lecture in aid of Venice in Peril Fund

Event date and time: 17 May 2022   Lecture at 7pm,  Reception from 6.15pm

Place: Royal Geographical Society, SW7 2AR

Tickets: £25 (Please note there is no members’ discount for this lecture so please buy your tickets without logging into your account)

The legacy of Venice is one of human creativity and cosmopolitan exchange.  The collections at the V&A demonstrate the ingenuity and skill of Venetian creativity and the idea of Venice has inspired visiting artists and writers from John Ruskin and before to the present day. Charting the dual histories of the city and the institution, Director of the V&A, Tristram Hunt, will speak to a share mission in design education, creative endeavour and awe-inspiring art. During this lecture you will meet a selection of treasures from Venice in the V&A’s collection of art, design, performance including sculpted marble, painted visions, spun glass, maiolica ceramics, intricately woven textiles and contemporary architecture and design.

Tristram Hunt is the Director of the V&A – the worlds’ leading museum of art, design and performance.  Since taking up the post in 2017, Dr Hunt has championed design education in UK schools, encouraged debate3 around the history of the museum’s global collections and overseen the transition to a multi-site museum, with the opening of V&A Dundee, the redesign of the Museum of Childhood and the development of a new museum and open access collections centre in Stratford, East London.  Before joining the V&A, Dr Hunt was Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central and Shadow Secretary of State for Education.   His latest book is The Radical Potter: Josiah Wedgwood and the Transformation of Britain (2021).