V&A Dundee

Work in Progress

Free online tutorials for early-career creatives and final year students

Applications for Work in Progress Autumn 2020 are now closed.

Our Work in Progress project aims to support the future of the creative industries across Scotland. We are offering vital opportunities for emerging creatives and established practitioners at a time of unprecedented uncertainty. The project offers free online tutorials for early-career creatives and final year students based in Scotland.

The idea is simple: participants get to discuss their work or a current project with a leading designer or practitioner from across the creative industries.

Tutorials last approximately 30 minutes. They will take place via video conferencing on Wednesdays throughout October and November 2020. Each tutor is offering six free tutorials. Eligible participants will be offered a tutorial on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Fill out this brief application form. Successful applicants’ information will be shared with the assigned tutor to provide context for the tutorial. You will have the opportunity to express a tutor preference, though this cannot be guaranteed. You can only apply for one tutorial.

We encourage applications from all communities and backgrounds, as well as those without formal qualifications. Be sure to let us know of any access requirements we should be aware of in your application form.

Applications for Work in Progress Autumn 2020 are now closed.

Tolu Coker, photographer: Rory James


Work in Progress is open to Scotland-based early-career creatives, who are within the first five years of their professional practice. It’s also open to final year creative students (BA/MA) studying in Scotland.

You must be over 18 to participate. You will need access to an internet connection and a device with audio and video capacity.

Ross Baynham and Pete Sunderland, Instrmnt

Guest Tutors

Panel is a curatorial arts organisation led by Catriona Duffy and Lucy McEachan. Based in Glasgow, they create projects about design and making in relation to particular histories, archives and collections. They commission, and collaborate with, artists, designers and makers to produce new work that frames design and making not as the resource base for segregated services or goods, but as an integral part of our broader social, political and cultural landscape.

Saffa Khan is an artist focusing on illustration and print through DIY culture. They create tangible, self-published printed matter on the themes of identity, community and mental health. Utilising print as an accessible medium to skill-share, they platform marginalised communities with their Riso press, Tender Hands.

Instrmnt is a Glasgow-based, multi-disciplinary design studio. They are focused on creating industrial-led products with an emphasis on quality, simplicity and attainability. Their work has been recognised and exhibited by V&A, London Design Festival, Paris & New York Fashion Week & as part of Scotland's Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

Mele Broomes is a dance artist and director. Mele's work embodies stories from the collective voice, creating visceral and sensory collaborations through her ancestral heritage. Activating questions, remembering and celebrating. Thinking about care.

Tom Pigeon is the pen name of designer Kirsty Thomas. The Tom Pigeon studio was founded in 2014 and now works with galleries and design stores around the world. They have collaborated with clients including The Barbican, Tate Modern, The Design Museum, V&A, Team GB and Made. They created the Tom Pigeon collection, which includes prints, homewares, jewellery, sculpture, paintings and stationery. Kirsty is also the founder of Make Bank, a project tackling creative poverty in UK schools.

Tolu Coker is a young British-Nigerian Fashion Designer, Textile Designer and Illustrator based in London. Largely inspired by the politics of identity and social climates, Coker's designs are informed by her multi-disciplinary practice, and merge artisan craftsmanship with innovative technology.

Images in order of appearance: Saffa Khan, Tolu Coker, photographer: Rory James, Ross Baynham and Pete Sunderland, Instrmnt.