V&A Dundee

Work in Progress

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

Our Work in Progress project aims to support the future of the creative industries. 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 across the UK.

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 March and April 2021. Each tutor is offering six free tutorials. Eligible participants will be offered a tutorial on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Artwork by Marcus Oakley


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.

Due to high demand, applications are now closed.


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

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

O Street

Guest Tutors

Marcus Oakley lives and works in Dunfermline, Fife and is originally from Norfolk, a coastal county in England’s south-east. Since graduating from Camberwell College of Arts in 1996 with a BA Honours in Visual Arts, Oakley has worked on various projects including Book Illustration, Editorial, Products, Homeware, Textile Design and Packaging. Exhibiting internationally as well lecturing at various education institutions.

Marcus is inspired by many things – both retrospective and contemporary including folky, harmonic and melodic music’s of all kinds; the pastoral and folkloric delights of the countryside and the various eccentric beasts and humans that inhabit it; the joys of walking & cycling; the stimulations of tea; the dizzy geometries of architecture and design – and overall the wonders of making stuff.

Jude Barber is an architect and director at Collective Architecture based in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The 100% employee-owned and controlled studio is founded on principles of creative freedom, equity, and sustainability. Together, the team has delivered several award winning residential, civic and cultural projects around the UK. The practice was named Architect of the Year at the UK-wide 2018 AJ Awards.

Jude is a Board member of the Glasgow Women’s Library, sits on the RIBA Working Group ‘Architects for Change’ and RIAS Council. In 2018, Jude was named ‘Creative Industry Leader of the Year’ at the Scottish Women’s Awards and more recently shortlisted for the 2020 Building Design ‘Architectural Leader of the Year’. Together with Suzanne Ewing and Nicola McLachlan, Jude co-leads Voices of Experience project as an investigation into undiscovered, legendary women who have made important contributions to architecture and the built environment.

Neil Wallace is the co-founder of O Street. A graduate of Glasgow School of Art, Neil worked in London, Tokyo and the USA before returning to Glasgow to start O Street with David Freer in 2006. Busying himself with a range of disciplines including textiles, illustration and motion graphics, he has spent time with businesses such as Jean Muir, Sony Music, Publicis Communications and Whitehouse Post. This roving career has provided many new sources of inspiration and a novel way of looking at things.

Sekai Machache (she/her) is a Zimbabwean-Scottish visual artist and curator based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her work is a deep interrogation of the notion of self. She is interested in the relationship between spirituality, imagination and the role of the artist in disseminating symbolic imagery to provide a space for healing. Sekai works with a wide range of media including photography.

Sekai is the recipient of the 2020 RSA Morton Award and is an artist in residence with the Talbot Rice Residency Programme 2021-2023. She recently joined Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop as a board member and works for (SCAN) Scottish Contemporary Arts Network as an Artist Policy Officer. Sekai works internationally and recently produced a cross-cultural curatorial project which was supported by a Creative Scotland and British Council partnership. She often works collaboratively, for and within her community and is a founding and organising member of the Yon Afro Collective (YAC)

Steph Liddle is a Ceramics Designer/Maker based in Dundee, Scotland predominantly working in Parian porcelain. With an eye for colour and pattern, she draws on her background in Illustration to create contemporary, graphic ceramic jewellery and homewares.

Focusing on minimal shapes, combined with bold patterns and a limited colour palette, she creates simple and functional, yet beautiful, products to be cherished and used. Her work is known for being playful yet refined. Minimal in shape, yet boldly patterned. It embraces and embodies contrast through varying textures, finishes, and colour palettes.

Briana Pegado FRSA is currently Vice Chair of YWCA Scotland - the Young Women's Movement, a fellow of the Royal Society of Art, and sits on the governing body of the University of York. She has a background in Sustainable Development, which has shaped all of her work including the design consultancy she co-founded called Povo, a 'conductancy' that used design thinking principles to help clients re-engage with their creativity. Her work embeds intersectional feminist principles into practical outcomes for the creative sector.

In 2010, she helped set up the University of Edinburgh's first ever Black History Month and in 2014 became Edinburgh University Students' Association's (EUSA) first ever black woman President. In 2014 she founded the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival (ESAF), a now award-winning social enterprise. In 2015 she was named one of Scotland's Top Ten Social Innovators by Third Force News. In 2017, Briana was named one of Scotland's 30 Under 30 Inspiring Young Women by YWCA Scotland - the Young Women's Movement.

Images in order of appearance; illustration by Marcus Oakley, Steph Liddle, O Street.