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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During the period that Sue’s work has been on display at the V&A, and she has been writing this blog, we have seen a number of articles about her work appearing in a range of publications. In some cases these features reflect the ideas and thinking that Sue has expressed in many of these blog entries, but much of the material gives further insight into her work and the creative process behind it which has not been revealed here.

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Sound Power

Sounds ripping up and out from the back of his throat; soaring, rolling around the music, gutsy, powerful, textural, filling the auditorium and carrying all with him. Tuesday night: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and Van Morrison turning us inside out with his voice. From ‘Astral Weeks’ days to now, VM has been an-all-time-ever favourite, not with everything, but consistently throwing out magic – so exciting to at last hear him live.

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Making Connections

It was Lisa Jacques, education officer at The City Gallery, Leicester who made the connection and my piece ‘Mesh ‘ was the catalyst. Autumn 2005 and The City Gallery was about to host an exhibition by the artist Jo Fairfax, who had developed a virtual reality artwork ‘Dream Time’.

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Nuno Moon

When the prime response is felt in the gut, you know an exhibition has hit the spot, 2121 ‐ the textile vision of Reiko Sudo and Nuno did it for me. (Showing at ‘The Hub’) As the memory of its experience distilled through the week, I strived to consider my intellectual response in order to write a few words here. Wednesday evening I was taking my son to his guitar lesson – the night sharp, cold and velvet dark; the road, high above the valley, hugging the moor edge.

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Motivation and Invigoration

As I write this, the ghost of exertion is still steaming from my back and I have barely caught my breath but I feel motivated to get my thoughts down straight away. At eight o’clock this morning biting winds and white, swirling swathes of snow fought their way across the valley, visibility was down to a few feet and we knew we were in for a cold run.

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Return to Sender

Just over an hour ago I took delivery of my work from the V&A. Just over a year ago I was frantically trying to finish it all ‐ prepare it for display ‐ pack it up… I remember the day I was due to deliver the last few pieces by car. Had planned an early start – had worked through the night. And that was the night it chose to be serious winter in Yorkshire. It snowed. It snowed a lot. All roads blocked. Desperate re-packing and a mad dash for the first train from Hebden. Dark, freezing cold blizzard… …

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Guest Posting 2

The Making of ‘Order’ installation. Working in an institution such as the V&A and more often than not with an historical collection, it is easy to forget that art objects are made by people and are the product of quite specific agendas and ideas, desires and limitations. It is therefore such a pleasure and a privilege when you get to work closely with living artists and get to discuss, deliberate and interrogate the factors that contribute to their practice.

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Unwitting Collaboration

You just never know from where your next bit of inspiration will emerge… Recently I took some small – in progress – samples along to the photographic studios here to be ‘documented’.

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Weave and Web

Artists: Many of us – most of the time ‐ work alone. We follow our own self-directed paths and, trying not to get stuck in the inevitable ruts, pursue an isolated single-minded vision. More often than not the picture is fuzzy … sometimes it’s clear.

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