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V&A appoints new keeper of design

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The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) has appointed Christopher Turner as its new keeper of design, architecture and digital 

Turner, who is director of the London Design Biennale and deputy director of the London Design Festival, takes over the post from acting keeper of design Corinna Gardner.


In his new role, Turner will lead the design, architecture and digital (DAD) department, which the V&A describes as representing its ’collections, expertise and programming for architecture and urbanism, product and digital design’. 

The department is spearheading the V&A’s collaboration with La Biennale di Venezia for the Pavilion of Applied Arts project as part of the Architecture Biennale in Venice.

Turner, who studied Archaeology, Anthropology and Art History at Cambridge, said: ’The V&A is at an incredible moment in its history. It is expanding, both in South Kensington and regionally, and has an ambitious international programme.

’The opportunity to contribute to this growth, and to lead a team of curators who are setting the agenda in the debate around contemporary design, is extremely exciting.’

The department is also responsible for the museum’s Rapid Response Gallery, which displays items collected as evidence of social, political and economic change. It recently acquired a flag designed for the first ever Refugee team to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games.




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