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.

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Another Window

I haven’t made it onto the Exhibition Road site yet, but on my wanders around the vastness of the museum I have found some vantage points. The window in the video below, which I’m told is where Liam O’Connor drew much of his work from, is on a staircase overlooking the site, beyond public access. […]

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My New Studio

My new studio at the V&A is beautiful, and I’ll be spending a lot of time here. The first thing I noticed was the light, from the huge arched windows. Windows, as both a light source and a frame to another space, have been a theme in many of my works, so when I saw the huge […]

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New updates from the Residency Programme

We are delighted to welcome three new residents to the Museum this month – and a new residency programme coordinator (me!). All three residents have fantastic project ideas that they would like to carry out during their time here so please watch this space to follow their journey.   Amy Hughes, our new ceramics resident, moved […]

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A Tiny Piece of Cinema

I have been experimenting with using magnifying glasses to project moving images of views onto surfaces, like walls and sheets of paper. These projections are similar in nature to the camera obscura, I like these simple forms of photography, these methods transform the ordinary into compelling cinematic events. With the camera obsura its fascinating to […]

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Making artists and meeting architects: Community Artist in Residence update

I had a busy run up to the festive period, making artists out of nursery children, a group from Open Age, and also the general public at the V&A. On the 19th and 20th November 2014, I held a film screening and paper folding workshop at the Museum. The entrance to the Architecture Gallery at […]

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V&A Concrete Christmas Bowling Tournament

V&A Concrete Christmas Bowling Tournament

Over the past couple of months I have been devising a bowling game to be played on the Exhibition Road building site. This game took place last Friday on December 19th, and was contested between two teams. One team made from V&A staff the other from the builders working on site, the hoardings around the […]

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Speed Residency update from Rudy

  SPEED RESIDENCY UPDATE: WHAT I HAVE ACHIEVED SO FAR… By Rudy Hartt   Days and weeks fly by and it is almost the end of the year – what better time to look back and reminisce about the good things that happened during my Speed Residency… To begin my story: on the first rainy […]

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Curating a Cabinet

A display case consisting of nine glass shelves lies between the ceramic studio and the collections up on the 6th floor of the Museum. It is designed to temporarily house objects chosen by the resident artist to spark conversations and assist in communicating their ideas and interests. As the current resident, I find it an […]

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Clay Hand Tracing

I like the idea of buildings as handcrafted objects, hands are the most sophisticated and versatile of all the tools involved in the construction process, they perform the small gestures, that accumulate over time to reveal the completed building. These gestures range from hand signals that guide vehicles and objects through the site, to the […]

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Printing workshop with Speed Resident Noemi Niederhauser

On Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th of October families were invited to take part in a print making workshop run by Speed Resident, Noemi Niederhauser. Everyone was encourage to get creative with inspiration drawn from a textile piece that Noemi has found in the collection. With carved potato stamps and self-drawn paper stencils children and […]

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