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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Spook

Sometimes the creativity is in the discovery, the isolating. Tiny rocky cove. Clamber or swim to. Bit secret.
Hours, days months before… who knows… the head had been found.
Most likely lying at a strange angle amongst the jumble of boulders.
Carefully placed to catch the light.
Perched, watching. Waiting to be noticed by another.
In a different time frame. Stumbling upon it, unsuspecting.
United by the experience – but to whom?
I take no credit. www. vam.ac.uk/worldbeach. Do it.

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The World Beach Project is now live

Guest post by V&A blog administrator. We are very pleased to announce that the World Beach Project webpages are now live on the V&A website and we have received our first contributions including one from North America and one from continental Europe.

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The Devonshire Hunting Tapestries

The Hunting Tapestries hanging in the Long Gallery at Hardwick Hall in 1899.
Image taken from ‘The Devonshire Hunting Tapestries’ by George Wingfield Digby, V&A.

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First Hand Experience

There’s nothing quite like it.                         Tapestry Course students in room 94, September 2007 When Room 94 closed a while ago, many of us who visited it regularly for our ‘fix’ of the fabulous tapestries that hung there, feared it may be lost forever as a textile gallery.

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ALMOST THERE!!

Alluding to the elusive. How many tasks do we embark on where the ‘end’… that point of resolution… is like a mirage, shimmering invitingly, only to fade as we get near? Or, as in the previous post, is constantly shifting away on an outgoing tide. There is always a further distance to cover, it seems, than we bargained for. WORLD BEACH is SO close to being alive – a live project. Building it is technical, and well into another stratosphere of understanding as far as I am concerned. The On-line team are working hard to ensure everything behaves as it …

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Almost There

Seatown, Dorset. Steep stone beach, newly sea washed, clean and even. Occasional larger flat matt pale blue-grey stones scattered across shingle surface.
Gathering, laying, snaking down from top to water’s edge. Outgoing tide. Remaining elusive.

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Almost There

Seatown, Dorset. Steep stone beach, newly sea washed, clean and even. Occasional larger flat matt pale blue-grey stones scattered across shingle surface.
Gathering, laying, snaking down from top to water’s edge. Outgoing tide. Remaining elusive.

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Another Place

Found myself travelling east at the weekend, to a wide expanse of sand just north of Liverpool. A place that I would probably never have otherwise visited, we were there to see Another Place by Antony Gormley. I thought it would be interesting, I wasn’t expecting to be so moved.

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Black Spot

Stuff goes in. Stuff comes out…. In much of our education system ‐ particularly in the over examined school context – it is often implied that art/design/creativity is a kind of sausage machine process: the meat of ‘inspiration’ goes in at one end, is chopped up with a bit of other stuff, is seasoned by the maker, to then emerge conveniently packaged at the other. This is a way of learning, but it is not real.
The things that truly capture our imaginations – our passions and preoccupations ‐ are embedded deep in the fibre of our being.

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“Sian Bowen: Gaze” – The Book

“The book is a beautiful production. I’ve just seen Gaze at the V&A: marvellous!

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