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Ace at the V&A Museum

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Hanging Out -Youth culture then and now - 7th May -  4th September 2012

Full Spectrum Productions presents “Hanging Out - Youth culture then and now” in the Sackler Centre at the Victoria and Albert Museum.  Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, this free display includes a selection of work created at the Hanging Out project’s volunteer training activities, oral history workshops and events since October 2010. The display will focus on youth culture during 1950’s and 1960’s London under the sub themes of fashion, film, music, sport, protests and entertainment.

The display will feature a wall mural produced by sixth form pupils at the Haverstock School in Camden, of an authentic 1950’s Café, based on the legendary Ace Cafe London.  They will use a variety of mediums to create the mural and include photographs by Frank Monaco.

There will be a 1960’s garment display which will present garments from Laurence Corner, the famous army surplus retailer, such as The Beatles Sergeant Pepper style jackets and a 1960’s press cuttings book. 1950’s style garments made by the project’s volunteers will also be shown.

To be viewed on video monitors, there will be a selection of short films by London Film Academy students, a film by Simon Friedberg about the closing of the Laurence Corner shop, music performed  by the Hanging Out project’s volunteers and photographs by volunteers from the Creative Editing Workshop which was held at the Museum of London.

A collection of work from the ‘Images of Protest’ exhibition, held at the Rich Mix Gallery in January 2012, will form part of the display, featuring such icons as Muhammad Ali, Angela Davis and Che Guevara, alongside protest t-shirts designed and printed by the project’s volunteers at the V&A screen-printing workshops.

As well as the display, the opening night at the Victoria and Albert Museum will feature the premiere of the Hanging Out project’s documentary and the launch of its publication. Two monologues, based on oral history interviews, will be performed by young people within the Ace Cafe mural.

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