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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Plain Weave

Very basic raphia sample exploring the relationship between balanced and weft faced weave. Rather unexpectedly, given the rich historic textile environment of the V&A, I have found myself drawn again and again to the direct simplicity of plain weave (click on thumbnails in ‘Back To Basics’ May 23rd).

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New Zealand Stones

Stone drawing by Jo Collinge/Stephen Moore at Farewell Spit, South Island, New Zealand. In 2005, friends from Hebden Bridge in land locked Yorkshire went to live for a few years in New Zealand.

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Back to Basics

I must admit to not making much progress recently. Sometimes, when the stimulus is so great, so extensive, it can engender a kind of temporary creative paralysis. Intense study of the V&A’s textile collection has had that effect. Almost every piece uncovered set fingers tingling and my mind racing wildly – full on creative wealth!

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Nearly a Month

Can it really be so long since I wrote anything here!! I seem to have been flat out. Necessary administrative jobs, earning a crust, being away over Easter and generally trying to get a grip of all the stuff that’s going on at the moment ‐ it all takes its toll ‐ apologies all round. So! Mountains, sun, snow and lots of physical activity ‐ great.

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V&A posting by the blog administrator

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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