Just over an hour ago I took delivery of my work from the V&A. Just over a year ago I was frantically trying to finish it all ‐ prepare it for display ‐ pack it up… I remember the day I was due to deliver the last few pieces by car. Had planned an early start – had worked through the night. And that was the night it chose to be serious winter in Yorkshire. It snowed. It snowed a lot. All roads blocked. Desperate re-packing and a mad dash for the first train from Hebden. Dark, freezing cold blizzard… and frozen points. Missed the connection to London. Next train from Leeds cancelled (bad weather you know). Result ‐ two hours later, two rush hour trains full of passengers rushing for one train ‐ hey, and a change of platform thrown in for good measure! I recall I was carrying seven large packages at this stage (including ‘Mesh’ ‐ the fragile coral and invisible thread piece – rolled up in a thousand layers of wadding). It was whist negotiating the station lift system for the third time, that I quite literally bumped into Jennifer Hallam, Visual Arts Officer, Arts Council, Yorkshire and Timandra Gustafson, Director of Axis ‐ two highly professional women in arts administration. I would have wished to appear serene and calm for this impromptu meeting – the flurry of bags, boxes and bubble wrap that confronted them was anything but. ‘Support for the Arts’ moved into a different sphere as they shouldered some of the burden, bagged seats and hailed taxis at Kings Cross. For this, I profoundly thank them. And now, here sits the work again ‐ diminished in number as much of it is sold. Three pieces are immediately to embark on a new journey and a new life with browngrotta arts in Connecticut, US (www.browngrotta.com) for: Beyond Weaving: International Art Textiles, Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT. April 6 ‐ May 11 2006 (www.flinngallery.com) and SOFA, New York 2006 June 1 ‐ 4 (www.sofaexpo.com). The two installation pieces Hieroglyph and Order are still attached to the gallery walls in 101, now in the context of the ‘Penelope’s Thread’, until 9 July 2006. And yet another blank wall in that gallery awaits my work – a new tapestry for the V&A’s Contemporary Collection…
Artists in Residence at the V&A
With an exciting and ever-changing programme of artists and designers, there’s never a dull moment in our residency studios. We will give you an exclusive look into what it’s like to be in residence at the world’s greatest museum of art and design.
We have a thriving and exciting programme of artists in residence here at the Museum, with at least two practitioners inhabiting our studios at any given time.
Here we show the process of being an artist or designer in residence here at the V&A, with behind-the-scenes insights and stories from Residency Co-ordinator, Laura Southall, and the artists themselves.