V&A Dundee

Designer in Residence

Our residency programme supports designers to develop new skills, take risks, undertake research and create exciting, new work influenced by our collection, building and themes.

The studio is a place for them to reflect and consider new ways of developing their practice. By sharing this process, the designer will give people a glimpse into how they work.

We will be offering two residencies each year open to designers, makers and collaborators from across the creative industries.

Fragments of a Fictional Place

Our first Designer in Residence is Simon Meek, mixed-media storyteller and founder of Glasgow-based games studio The Secret Experiment. His most recent work, a surreal noir video game called Beckett, also features in our Scottish Design Galleries.

Simon will be developing an experimental work of fiction called Fragments of a Fictional Place. Presented as a unique array of digital artefacts, performances and print, each element will depict an event from within an entirely made-up, yet knowingly-familiar, Scottish town.

With an emphasis on physicality and audience interaction, Simon will be writing and designing short-form dramas as a collection of experimental interactive works, and plans to make the experience available as a digital download.

This residency is supported by The National Theatre of Scotland’s Citizen of Nowhere project.

Follow Simon’s journey on social media using #VADResidency