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
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
If you are interested in applying, please download our Guidance notes for V&A Residency Programme applicants.
Current Open Calls
For more information and to apply, please visit: www.vam.ac.uk/content/jobs/apply/