Join award-winning tour guide Dan Vo as he turns his eye to queer love on a tour of the V&A’s amazing and extensive collection.
The V&A (Victoria and Albert) is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. It’s most popular blockbuster exhibitions have all been decidedly queer: “David Bowie Is,” “Chrisian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.” s: furniture, fashion, photography, sculpture, painting, jewellery, glass, ceramics, theatre and performance. The collection boasts a hand-crafted fig leaf created for the Statue of David on the orders of Queen Victoria, the touring wardrobe of Aussie-Brit singer Kylie Minogue, and Sir Elton John’s name adorning the photography gallery. Flitting from a camp pink sequinned codpiece with matching gimp mask to an intimate portrait miniature worn close to the royal bosom, the tour will reveal some fabulous treasures from an extraordinary collection that is altogether so very British, yet simultaneously international, with an influence that reaches beyond borders.
Described by the New York Times as a “leading figure in the world of alternative museum tours in Britain”, Dan Vo FRSA developed in house LGBTQ+ tours for the Victoria and Albert Museum, National Museum Cardiff and five University of Cambridge Museums: Fitzwilliam Museum, Polar Museum, Zoology Museum, Museum of Classical Archaeology, and Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. During lockdown he was the presenter of the BBC Arts program “Museum From Home.” His work has recieved extensive media coverage, nationally and internationally and is highly regarded within the museum sector. He was recently affirmed by appointment as the project manager and lead researcher for the UK Queer Heritage and Collections Network, formed by a partnership that includes the National Trust, English Heritage, Historic England and Historic Royal Palaces. A museum freelancer, he is currently also a consultant for LGBTQ+ programming at the National Gallery and Tate Britain. Dan is on steering committees for several museums and promotes diversity, equality and inclusion in the UK as a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a patron of LGBT History Month and a Stonewall BAME Role Model. Prior to moving to London, he was a senior manager at JOY 94.9, Australia’s only first and only LGBTQ+ radio station, and currently presents a monthly show called “The Past Is Queer” on Alphabet Radio in London.