Open call: apply for a new digital wonderlands residency

June 22, 2021
Shot from the Tea Party installation in the exhibition Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Victoria and Albert Museum’s Residency Programme facilitates space for art, design and performance practitioners from a multitude of disciplines to activate the Museum’s collections through their work. Since 2008, the V&A has hosted over 60 residencies who have had unique access to the world’s leading collection of art, design and performance, as well as a wealth of curatorial expertise. The Residency Programme is special to the V&A because it enables us to connect with our audiences in creative and innovative ways. Residents draw upon the V&A’s vast collections to carry out research and create new work that pushes boundaries of creative practice, as well as offer fresh perspectives that encourage the institution’s innovation and evolution.

We are excited to announce a new open call for applications from UK based practitioners working across the digital creative arts. We are interested in practitioners who want to develop their practice as well as contribute to our visitors’ experiences through our Learning Programme and public engagement activities, with the thematic starting point of Wonderlands.

This open call coincides with the V&A’s major exhibition, Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser, which charts the origins, adaptations and reinventions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland over 157 years, following its evolution from manuscript to a global phenomenon beloved by all ages. Find more about the exhibition here.

We invite you, as a digital artist, to unlock and navigate your curiosity within the Museum’s spaces, galleries and collections in creative and original ways, and to inspire and challenge our audiences to do the same. The V&A is a doorway into other worlds, and a place full of wonderful objects and stories, and we’re keen to hear from practitioners working with diverse methods as well as inclusive and imaginative approaches to digital artistic practice. We are particularly interested in practitioners working in mixed realities, projection mapping, performance design and scenography, digital animation, storytelling and world-making.

The residency will take place at the V&A South Kensington in London over a nine-month period from 29 September 2021 – 1 July 2022. The V&A will provide a £12,000 bursary and a studio space within the Museum’s Sackler Centre for arts education. Applicants should have an interest in developing their practice, working with museum audiences, and a good track record of producing and/or performing high-quality work.

The deadline for this open call is 9 July, 2021 and remote interviews will take place on 13 August.

Get more details on the residency and application process on our Residencies page.

Or download the application form.

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