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Japanese Ceramicist in Residence, Keiko Matsumoto, leading a families workshop in her studio. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Japanese Ceramicist in Residence, Keiko Matsumoto, leading a families workshop in her studio. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Set up in 2008, the residency programme is integral to the philosophy of the V&A. Building on the Museum’s founding mission, V&A Residencies enable creative practitioners to use the Museum’s outstanding collections for research and inspiration, generating new readings and interpretations of the collections while fostering a better understanding of contemporary art, craft and design practice.

Since its establishment, and in response to the Museum’s eclectic collection and diverse programming, the residency programme has hosted a vast range of artists and designers - photographers, architects, jewellery designers, ceramicists, musicians, illustrators, costume designers, theatre groups, digital games designers and many more.

We have three studios in the Museum: two multidisciplinary studios in the Sackler Centre for Arts Education* and one studio in our Ceramics Gallery on level 6, reserved especially for ceramicists in residence.

*N.B. The Sackler Centre has now closed to the public and will re-open in 2017. During this period Residents will have access to the Residency Studios but most public engagement activities will happen elsewhere in the Museum.

Engaging with visitors

Public engagement is a large part of the residency programme, which sits within the Learning and Interpretation Department of the Museum. Residents hold regular open studios where visitors can come into the studio, see the resident at work and ask questions about their practice.

In addition to this, residents have the opportunity of working with staff from the Learning Department to develop performances, workshops, talks, lectures and activities for a range of audience members, which depending on the resident’s interests and experience can include schools, families, students, adults and community groups.

Many residents carry out performances, interventions and occasionally small displays in response to the V&A’s collection during their time here. These are often shown the Museum, particularly as part of the London Design Festival.

Activating the Collections

Digital games designer, Sophia George, testing her prototype game with visitors at the Museum of Childhood. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Digital games designer, Sophia George, testing her prototype game with visitors at the Museum of Childhood. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The residency programme also enables selected practitioners to draw upon the Museum’s rich and diverse collections to carry out research with the possibility of creating new work. Using their studios as a base, our residents have access to the V&A’s extensive collections (objects in the galleries and in storage) and the expertise of our staff. We are particularly interested in proposals that generate new readings and interpretations of the collections.

Find out more about what our residents are up by visiting the Artists in Residence blog

How we appoint residents

Fashion designer, Juliana Sissons’ created garments for this special performance in the Cast Courts at one of our Friday Late events. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Fashion designer, Juliana Sissons’ created garments for this special performance in the Cast Courts at one of our Friday Late events. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The V&A normally issues eight open calls for applications per year, generally in the fall and spring. For each open call, the Museum defines a particular area of the collections, a specific theme or medium that we would like the resident to explore. Applicants fill in an online application form where they are asked about their previous experience and propose ideas for how they might work with the collections and the Museum's diverse audiences. A panel of Museum staff and external experts, where appropriate, are brought together to shortlist candidates for interviews.

If you are interested in applying, please download our Guidance notes for V&A Residency Programme applicants.

Download: Guidance notes for V&A Residency Programme


Current Open Calls 

 

For more information and to apply, please visit: www.vam.ac.uk/content/jobs/apply/

Find out more about what our residents are up by visiting the Artists in Residence blog

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