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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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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My first week as Community Artist in Residence

I’ve finally signed my tenancy contract with RBKC and have kicked the studio flat into shape. Several licks of paint and Constantine’s your uncle, the V&A Museum Community Artist. I am uniquely based at a former council flat that is part of a housing redevelopment. All the flats on this side of Shalfleet Drive will […]

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Nao in his studio. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Mid-Residency Q&A with Nao Matsunaga

July marks the halfway point for our Artists in Residence who are here at the V&A for six months. I went to see Ceramics Resident Nao Matsunaga to ask him some questions to see how everything is going. What is your favourite item that you have found in the collections so far? I like it […]

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Drawing Demolition

Over the first three months of my residency I have been watching the demolition of the old building occupying the construction site. In the act of demolition, countless new forms have been created from constantly breaking the old building into smaller and smaller pieces. The site has gone from being an object big enough for […]

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Nao's piece he is working on with possible wooden additions waiting under the table. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Multimedia developments in Nao’s Studio

A lot has been happening up in the Ceramics studio since we last checked in with Artist in Residence, Nao Matsunaga. He has continued to work with the red clay which turns black when fired, started to develop new plaster and wood pieces and has been experimenting with shapes and patterns on canvas. Nao has […]

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Week 13: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

3D scanning is essentially taking a multitude of photos around an object, recording reality in a slightly reduced form. The direct visible result of a scan has a certain aesthetic appeal but can’t quite be compared to what you would achieve with a regular camera. The benefits of a 3D scan actually lie below the surface, in the […]

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Liam talks to the Intoart group about his work related to the Exhibiton Road construction site. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Intoart meets with Liam O’Connor

Last week our Exhibtion Road Drawing Resident, Liam O’Connor, met with a group from Intoart who are currently spending time at the V&A to get inspiration from the collections for their own drawing projects. Some of the group are interested specifically in architecture so it was a great oppurtunity to share ideas and look at […]

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A quick update from Nao’s studio

In the past couple of weeks our Ceramics Resident Nao Matsunaga has fired up the kiln for those pieces he was drying out and he has also started work with some different materials and methods. Here are some of the clay pieces that may look familiar to those who have been following Nao’s work on […]

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Liam asks “What is your ideal museum design?” & take away your own piece of the V&A

Have you ever thought about what the best design for a museum would be? On Saturday our Exhibition Road Drawing Resident Liam O’Connor asked the children who visited his gallery demonstration how they would design their ideal museum. While the kids got creative Liam chatted with the adults about his work that is being inspired […]

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