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.

Find out how our first designer Simon Meek got on during his residency below. We hope to announce our next Designers in Residence soon. Watch this space this for more information!

A little girl in denim dungarees running around interestingly shaped bits of construction.


Our new Designers in Residence are Assemble, a multi-disciplinary collective working across architecture, design and art. Over their six-month residency, they will work with us, Dundee's Central Library and a group of local people to explore the relationship between contemporary production techniques and traditional building crafts.

Simon Meek

Our first Designer in Residence was Simon Meek, a 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 developed an experimental work of fiction called Fragments of a Fictional Place. Presented as a unique array of digital artefacts, performances and print, each element depicted an event from within an entirely made-up, yet knowingly-familiar, Scottish town.

With an emphasis on physicality and audience interaction, Simon wrote and designed short-form dramas as a collection of experimental interactive works.

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

We look forward to seeing how Simon will develop this work further.

Follow #VADResidency on Twitter for more updates and to look back on our first Designer in Residence.