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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Week 24: Sit Down and Sew

The interface we use to stiffen the fabric serves as the backbone of the eventual piece, making all the difference in its precision. How many hands does it take to translate thousands of laser-cut polygons onto fabric? Well, at least an extra 10. A few to iron the interface onto the jersey, a few more […]

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© James Rigler

Sneak Peek at James Rigler’s LDF Display

It’s almost time for our Artists in Residence to begin installing their displays for London Design Festival and we have a familiar face reutrning who has offered us this intriguing sneak preview. James Rigler, a previous Ceramics Resident, is installing mysterious looking objects inside of the cast of Trajan’s Column in the Cast Courts. What needs […]

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Sneak Peek at Nao’s LDF Display

With London Design Festival just around the corner our Artists in Residence have been busy creating their displays. While they have been keeping things quite secretive I managed to get a few sneaky photos of what Nao Mastunaga, our Ceramics Resident, has been working on. Can you figure out what he has made? How big […]

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Open Age group in the House with 40 rooms. © Constantine Gras

Horizons West

It might not be the final frontier. But this blog entry begins and ends with space. The big bang of the widescreen, large format and panoramic. A location for an artist to perform and connect with people. The contested politics of space, building homes and forging communities. First stop. Let me beam you to my […]

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Stone hugging in oil pastels. © Constantine Gras

Artistic habitations

Beyond the garden fence of the studio, the building work of More West progresses. Insulation material is being installed. Inside, I’m holding court on my first open day. It was great to see old and especially new faces. Allan Tyrrell was born in the area. Eman Yosry is a more recent resident. They met for […]

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Week 20: The Imperial Laser Show

3D scanning, digital modelling, prototyping; those are all things of the past. With 1.5 months to go until London Design Festival, it’s about laser cutting the final patterns now. For this purpose, we set up shop at the Mechanical Engineering Department of Imperial College right up Exhibition Road. Sate-of-the-art facilities, extraordinary hospitality and convenient location […]

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The home screen for the Strawberry Thief. © Laura Southall

Glorious Games in Digital Dundee

Greetings from sunny Dundee! Sitting in the lovely McManus Museum café, I’m having a bit of a break from the frenetic and fabulous Dare to be Digital Protoplay Festival. Hosted annually by Abertay University, the festival is a hub for new and aspiring gamers, including our Games Designer in residence, Sophia George. The tent in […]

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Completed image that will grace the building site hoarding. © Claire Rye.

Community art in the material world

Definitely settled in as Community Artist: collaborating with local art projects, connecting with the V&A collections and mapping out my own artistic concerns. First off, spray painting at the Henry Dickens Court Community Centre. Local children working with TMO, Steph Perkins and lead artist, Claire Rye, have produced a great picture that will be attached to […]

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Drawing with a Piledriver

At Liam‘s most recent gallery demonstration he revealed a huge photogram he had made on a visit to the Exhibtion Road building site. Liam took the photosensitive paper and held it up against a piledriving case that was lying on its side, creating the image you can see below. In Liam’s last blog post you […]

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Mid-Residency Q&A with The T/Shirt Issue

July marks the halfway point for our Artists in Residence who are here at the V&A for six months. I went to see Digital Design Residents Rozi and Hande from The T/Shirt Issue to ask them some questions to see how everything is going. What is your favourite item that you have found in the […]

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