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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A Tiny Piece of Cinema

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I have been experimenting with using magnifying glasses to project moving images of views onto surfaces, like walls and sheets of paper. These projections are similar in nature to the camera obscura, I like these simple forms of photography, these methods transform the ordinary into compelling cinematic events. With the camera obsura its fascinating to […]

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Making artists and meeting architects: Community Artist in Residence update

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I had a busy run up to the festive period, making artists out of nursery children, a group from Open Age, and also the general public at the V&A. On the 19th and 20th November 2014, I held a film screening and paper folding workshop at the Museum. The entrance to the Architecture Gallery at […]

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V&A Concrete Christmas Bowling Tournament

V&A Concrete Christmas Bowling Tournament

Over the past couple of months I have been devising a bowling game to be played on the Exhibition Road building site. This game took place last Friday on December 19th, and was contested between two teams. One team made from V&A staff the other from the builders working on site, the hoardings around the […]

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Speed Residency update from Rudy

Workshop © Rudy Hartt, 2014.

  SPEED RESIDENCY UPDATE: WHAT I HAVE ACHIEVED SO FAR… By Rudy Hartt   Days and weeks fly by and it is almost the end of the year – what better time to look back and reminisce about the good things that happened during my Speed Residency… To begin my story: on the first rainy […]

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Curating a Cabinet

Frances Rankine © Matthew Raw

A display case consisting of nine glass shelves lies between the ceramic studio and the collections up on the 6th floor of the Museum. It is designed to temporarily house objects chosen by the resident artist to spark conversations and assist in communicating their ideas and interests. As the current resident, I find it an […]

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Clay Hand Tracing

© Victoria and Albert Museum

I like the idea of buildings as handcrafted objects, hands are the most sophisticated and versatile of all the tools involved in the construction process, they perform the small gestures, that accumulate over time to reveal the completed building. These gestures range from hand signals that guide vehicles and objects through the site, to the […]

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Printing workshop with Speed Resident Noemi Niederhauser

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On Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th of October families were invited to take part in a print making workshop run by Speed Resident, Noemi Niederhauser. Everyone was encourage to get creative with inspiration drawn from a textile piece that Noemi has found in the collection. With carved potato stamps and self-drawn paper stencils children and […]

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Residency Retrospective: Marcia Kure

Marcia Kure, Freud and the Conformist, 2014
Wool, polyester, cotton ,thread, synthetic wig and soft toy
158 x 79 x 122 cm
Shown at the Perdy Hicks Gallery, London, after V&A Residency

Earlier this year, Marcia Kure was our Visual Artist in Residence. She was with us for 3 months and used this time to prepare for an exhibition at the Purdy Hicks Gallery. Usually based in America, we had a chance to catch up with Marcia a few weeks ago at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. […]

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Speed Resident Vincent Larkin looks at the Harry Hammond Photographic Collection

Photographic negative, Harry Hammond, 1998 © Victoria and Albert Museum

As part of Vincent Larkin’s Speed Residency there is a performance tomorrow evening, Friday the 7th of November, at 19.30. The event is free to drop in to and features a four-piece band from North London, Showman’s Wagon. Details can be found here.   A few selections from the Harry Hammond photographic collection and some […]

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Speed Residency update from Vincent Larkin

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Vincent is coming to the end of his two week residency slot in the studio, and below he shares his thoughts on his time here, as well as some great photos of his work in progress. * There’s a great deal of energy to this space and the galleries. All of these objects and stories […]

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