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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Call for applications: V&A Samsung Korean Digital Art Residency

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  We are delighted to announce that we have just issued an open call for applications for artists with Korean nationality (based in the UK and internationally) working with digital media (including moving image, webtoons, games, interactive art, software and Internet art).   The V&A Samsung Korean Digital Art Residency will be based in the […]

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“Up on the roof”


This week myself, Laura Cardera the Museum’s new Residency Coordinator along with the two other new Artists in Residence; Jamie Jenkinson and Liam Byrne were lucky enough to be taken on a roof top adventure tour. The brilliant Martin Bastone was kind enough to take us up, show us around and share some fascinating histories […]

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Setting the Scene

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              This week I had my first meeting with Em of 1882Ltd, the collaborators on my residency project. 1882Ltd was formed in 2011 by fifth generation Emily Johnson and her father, Christopher continuing the Johnson Brothers’ 134 year legacy in the Potteries, the company name evoking the deep routes of […]

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Welcome Teas and Treasure


This week I received a lovely warm reception to the Museum with my ‘Welcome Tea’ in my studio, the first of many gatherings here I hope. One of the amazing things about the studio glass frontage is that it doubles as a gallery. This week I worked with the curators to select a group of […]

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Moving In!


One van trip through London, two trolley loads across six floors and I’m in and delighted to be unpacking in my beautiful new studio, home for the next six months. I shall be based here and ‘on display’ as the new Ceramics Artist in Residency until October in the purpose built studio in the Galleries. […]

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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

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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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