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 leading 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 Carderera, and the artists themselves.

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Rainbow Families at the V&A


Ceramics Resident: Matt Smith October 2015 – March 2016   The second outreach project during my residency at the museum involved working with Rainbow Families, a Brighton-based social group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) parents and their children. The Learning Team at the museum are skilled at providing material to help the […]

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Co-designing sound art: call for participants with Cochlear Implants

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Co-designing sound art is a V&A Adult Learning Communities Programme co-designed with artist Tom Tlalim in partnership with Action on Hearing Loss. Tom Tlalim is an artist, researcher and writer working as an artist in residence at V&A. The V&A in partnership with Action on Hearing Loss and the artist Tom Tlalim would like to […]

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Short film about Matt Smith’s project Spode: a 31 Note Lovesong

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Hear from Matt Smith, V&A Ceramics resident October 2015 – March 2016, about how his visit to the Spode factory in Stoke-on-Trent inspired him to create a new ‘soundscape’, a visual melody singing to the current state of the factory. A collaboration with composer Dimitrios Skyllas has resulted in an aural composition based on this […]

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V&A Finnish Institute in London Ceramics Resident: Pauliina Pöllänen


4 April to 30 September 2016   Ceramics Resident: Pauliina Pöllänen   Born and raised in Finland, Pauliina Pöllänen received her BA in Ceramic and Glass Design from Kuopio Design Academy in Finland in 2006 and an MA from the Oslo National Academy of Arts in Norway in 2012. Pöllänen´s architectural ceramic works play on […]

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Goethe V&A Photography Resident: Helmut Völter


  April 2016 to end of September 2016 In collaboration with the Goethe-Institut London Goethe V&A Photography Resident: Helmut Völter   The Goethe-Institut London and the Victoria & Albert Museum are collaborating on a new long-term residency programme, the Goethe V&A Residency.
German artist Helmut Völter has been selected to be the first Goethe V&A Resident […]

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Exhibition Road Engineering Resident: Julian Melchiorri

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  April 2016 to April 2017 Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund Exhibition Road Engineering Resident: Julian Melchiorri   Julian Melchiorri is a design engineer, biotechnologist and entrepreneur based in London. Internationally known for his visionary ‘’synthetic leaf’’ projects, Melchiorri proposes radical environmental solutions for urban and industrial settings through an […]

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Short Film About Casting, an installation by V&A Samsung Korean Digital Art Resident Yiyun Kang

We have recently released Casting, a short film recording the fascinating digital project by V&A Samsung Korean Digital Art Resident Yiyun Kang. Over the course of her six month residency at the V&A (October 2015 – March 2016), Kang utilised her projection mapping practice to create a new portal into the V&A Cast Courts (room […]

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New Open Call: Residency for early career UK-based ceramic artists


We have just issued an open call for early-career UK-based studio ceramicists (around 2-5 years since MA, or 5-10 years since BA). The residency will be based in a purpose-built studio in the Ceramics galleries at the V&A South Kensington and will take place over a six-month period from October 2016 to March 2017. The […]

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CASTING; work in progress


  As a V&A Samsung Korean Digital Artist in Resident, I’m going to present my new projection mapping installation at the Cast Courts, Room 46a in 12 February as a culminating project of my residency. The whole process was challenging and I truly appreciate lots of people who gladly gave their help and support. I’ve conducted […]

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Opening Doors with Victorian Photography


Part of the Artist in Residency role is to work with external groups at the museum. In December, to coincide with the Julia Margaret Cameron exhibition, I was given the opportunity to work with a group from Opening Doors on a wet collodion photography project.    Opening Doors is a group of older LGBT individuals […]

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