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 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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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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Week 9: Leda and the Neon

Has Greek mythology ever disappointed in delivering absurd story lines? Not that we can think of. Take for instance Leda and the Swan, the classic tale of Zeus appearing in the form of a swan to seduce Leda. Although the story has been depicted by many artists and in different form over the years, our attention was caught […]

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Week 7: If loving a goat is wrong, we don’t want to be right

During the last two weeks we have been going through the museum to scan the first objects we found both good-looking (e.g. Narcissus, Museum no. 7560-1861) and interesting. Ticking both boxes, the life-sized, porcelain Meissen goat (Museum no. C.111-1932) evoked great feelings of joy with all of us and so it was agreed that this had to be our first Muse. The goat is one of […]

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Focus on Texture and Movement

Today I popped up to the Ceramics Resident Studio and had a chat with Nao about his work during his Open Studio. He showed me some of the pieces he’s been working on and told me about the new developments he has made. His focus on texture and movement are a result of his drawings […]

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Liam’s first gallery demonstration

Last week we showed you what our Exhibition Road Drawing Resident, Liam O’Connor, has been doing in his studio. This week Liam brought his work out into the gallery so visitors to the Museum could see it for themselves. The reason we have Liam doing these gallery demonstrations is because it is no longer easy […]

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Exploring the Museum with Nao

One of the perks of  being an Artist in Residence at the V&A is getting access to people, objects and places that aren’t normally available to the public. Last week our Ceramics Resident Nao went for a look around The Dome and took some photos to share his experience.

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From Digital to Physical – an update from The T/Shirt Issue studio

Digital Design Residents The T/Shirt Issue have been busy over the past couple of weeks finding inspiration from the Museum collections and creating paper patterns which turn into wonderful 3D paper sculptures. We are loving the animals they have popping out of the wall of the studio and can’t wait to see what will emerge […]

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