Open call for sustainable fashion and textile design residency


Greenpeace Detox Catwalk in Bandung © Greenpeace/ Hati Kecil Visuals.

We are delighted to announce our second residency open call of the year, this time for a UK-based fashion or textile designer working with sustainable materials or processes (eg. circular economy, zero-waste design etc.)

Coinciding with our upcoming exhibition ‘Fashioned from Nature’, the residency will take place at the V&A South Kensington in London over a nine-month period from 15 October 2018 to 15 June 2019. The V&A will provide a £12,000 residency fee and a studio space within the Museum’s Sackler Centre for arts education. For the first three months of the residency, the studio will be shared with a Goethe resident designer also working in the field of sustainable fashion and/or textile design.

We are interested in practitioners who wish to work with the themes that will feature in ‘Fashioned from Nature’, and who are passionate about working with the public. Applicants should have an interest in developing their practice and a good track record of producing and performing high-quality work.

The deadline for applications is 6 June 2018 and interviews will take place on 22 June 2018. Full details on the residency and application process can be found here.

Scheduled to open on 21 April 2018, ‘Fashioned from Nature’ will draw on the V&A’s internationally renowned collection of fashion to  put today’s issues about sustainbility in a historical context, and ask what we can learn from the past to help us design a more responsible  but equally creative industry to serve us today and in the future. With its focus on cause, effect and solution the exhibition will provide a forum for discussion and debate.


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