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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Just over a month into my residency, and settling in well. Alongside working with the Exhibition Road site and team, I’ve also been exploring the V&A, including Blythe House where they item not on display from the V&A’s collection for either conservation and/or storage. Two videos are a result of these explorations. Firstly is a […]

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Residency Programme Upcoming Events

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Have you met our resident artists yet? Do come and meet them at the fantastic events that they have lined up in the Museum in May and June! May Thursday 21 May at 13.00 to 14.00 (Meeting at Grand Entrance Meeting Point): Jamie Jenkinson will be giving a talk comparing the video pixel to mosaic […]

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Back To School


Since my last post I have been immersed in the treasure trove that is the specialist library in the Ceramics & Glass Department. I wanted to find out more about the history and context of some of my favourite objects from the collections, what informed their shape and decoration, before going on to design my shape with that in mind. […]

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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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