Open call: inviting applications for new V&A Videogames Residency


Arcade Backpack, UCLA Games Lab (Photo by Robin Baumgarten).

We are delighted to announce our first open call of the year for a nine-month videogames residency coinciding with our upcoming exhibition Videogames: Design/ Play/ Disrupt

We are inviting applications from UK-based artists, designers and makers involved in the videogames scene who wish to develop their practice through working with the V&A’s curators and learning team to develop new work and engage with the public.

The residency will take place at the V&A South Kensington in London from 15 October 2017 to 15 June 2018. The V&A will provide a £12,000 residency fee and a studio space within the Museum’s Sackler Centre for arts education.

We are looking for practitioners who wish to work with the themes that will feature in the exhibition 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. We will consider applications from collectives as well as individual practitioners.

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2018 and interviews will take place on 14 June 2018. Full details on the residency and application process can be found here.

Scheduled to open on 8 September 2018, Videogames: Design/ Play/ Disrupt will explore the design and culture of videogames since the mid-2000s, investigating the work of ground breaking designers, creative player communities and the critical conversations that define the medium today. The exhibition will explore the medium since the mid-2000s, when major technological advancements, such as increased access to broadband, social media, smart phones and newly available means of making, profoundly changed the way videogames are designed, discussed and played.

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