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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Blacks, dogs and Irish


The latest redisplay of the cases outside the ceramic studio is a comment on the difficulty that museums can have in trying to represent the changing world in which they operate. Museum collections are built up over time and are often a product of the society in which they were collected. What and who is […]

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December Open studio


My recent concern is to capture the volume of artificial light. As I am working with projection mapping, the physicality of ephemeral light is an important issue to me. In this on-going project, called ‘Casting‘, I explore several methods to cast the artificial projected light such as drawing, three-dimensional model, and installation. In this new piece installed in my studio, […]

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New Open Call: Exhibition Road Engineering Residency

machinery court at great exhibition

We have just issued a new open call for a one year residency targeted at UK based engineers, makers and designers who wish to develop their practice by responding in their own way to the rich engineering heritage of the Museum – from the Collection’s origins in the Great Exhibition of 1851 and architectural history of the site, […]

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Tate conference: media in transition


With the courtesy of the V&A learning department, I went to the three-day conference at the Tate; Media in Transition, hosted by The Getty Conservation Institute, Getty Research Institute and Tate. After the 2008’s Tate conference, ‘Object in Transition‘, this conference seems like the 2nd stage of Tate’s conference on preservation and conservation of art practices, focusing on […]

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Media in Transition

Just spent a really exciting few days at the Tate, courtesy of the V&A, learning a great deal about both the exhibition and conservation of video, at the Media in Transition conference. Having worked in video for over a decade I felt I knew a lot about the medium, but being able to see a series of different […]

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New Open Call: Goethe V&A Photography Residency

Charles Thurston Thompson - Venetian mirror

  We are delighted to announce that we have just issued an open call for a residency in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut London. This residency is the inaugural residency of a newly established long-term cooperation between the Goethe-Institut London and the V&A. Information for applicants: Goethe V&A Photography Residency Open to mid-career and established artists […]

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Film of Liam Byrne’s Inside Voices


For those of you who were not able to experience this performance project first hand last June, do have a look at our newly published short film on Liam Byrne’s Inside Voices project, which captures the very special atmosphere inside Trajan’s Column and the reactions of those who signed up for this very special musical experience! Inside […]

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Camp Clay


One of the most enjoyable parts of the residency in the Ceramics Galleries, is the opportunity to spend time investigating and working with the collections.  A set of cases by the studio are provided for the Artist in Residence to re-curate objects from the collections .       I chose to look at the figurines […]

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Upcoming Open Studios and brief overview of V&A Residencies


I am often asked by museum visitors to provide some background about our residency programme so I thought I would post a short overview of our residencies. Set up in 2008, the Victoria & Albert residency programme is integral to the philosophy of the museum. Building on the museum’s founding mission as envisioned by its […]

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Work in Progress Seminar, Yiyun Kang – Artist in Residence


As a V&A Samsung Korean Digital Resident, I had a WiP seminar yesterday in the Sackler Studio 1. Normally, WiP seminar is an internal event, but this time we also invited the external guests as well. It was great to have this seminar at the early stage of my residency so that I can reflect the guests’ […]

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