Instead of permanent space, Smithsonian will co-curate gallery at V&A East for two years

Rendering of a V&A East museum at Stratford Waterfront, designed by O'Donnell + Tuomey © O'Donnell + Tuomey / Ninety90, 2018

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC confirmed today that it still plans to co-curate a gallery with the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) as part of the latter institutions planned new museum in Saint Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London. However, in a departure from some earlier signals, the exhibition will run for two years starting when V&A East opens to the public in 2023, the Smithsonian said. Previous plans had called for a permanent gallery jointly curated by the Smithsonian and the V&A as well as a series of temporary shows.

The co-curated gallery will draw on the permanent collections of both institutions and “bridge art, design, science and the humanities to explore the impact of human life on the world around us”, the Smithsonian said.

In addition to the new museum, the V&A East project in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park includes a nearby collection storage and research centre.

The Smithsonian also announced that it would work with East London communities as well as the London Legacy Development Corporation, the Foundation for Future London and the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to expand an initiative known as STEP (Shared Training and Employment Programme). The leadership training effort is aimed at young adults from underserved communities in East London and Washington who might otherwise face obstacles in starting careers at cultural organisations.

Participants will travel to the US to explore topics such as popular culture, natural history, graphic design and African American history. Lonnie Bunch, the Smithsonians secretary, said he also envisioned STEP expanding to include students from Washington travelling to London to work with partner organisations.

He welcomed both initiatives in a statement. “The V&As new museum in East Londons Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a magnificent achievemenRead More – Source