V&A Dundee

Work in Progress

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

Want free 1-to-1 advice from a leading practitioner in the creative industries? Apply for the next edition of Work in Progress!

We know that starting out in the creative industries can be daunting, and sometimes downright tough. Work in Progress is designed to be a chance for emerging creatives to connect with established practitioners for advice, feedback and support.

The idea is simple: you are paired with a leading designer or creative practitioner for a free 1-to-1 online tutorial to discuss your work and career aspirations.

Sound good? Find out more and apply below.

How it works

Tutorials will take place via Zoom on Saturday 09 October 2021.

You will be matched with a tutor based on the information provided in your application. You can express a preference of guest tutor, but we can’t guarantee that you will be assigned that tutor (but we will try our best!). You can only apply to take part in one tutorial.

If successful you will be allocated a 30-minute time slot sometime between 10.00 - 17.00 on Saturday 09 October, we will email you details of your slot, along with a Zoom link and notes on how to join. You will need join the Zoom about 10 minutes before your tutorial time to ensure you are set up. 30 minutes can fly by, so in the application we ask you to let us know what you’d like to talk about so the guest tutor can prepare.

How to apply

Applications are now open and eligible participants will be offered a spot on a first-come, first-serve basis - so get your application in quick!

Work in Progress is open to UK-based final year students and early-career creatives (within the first five years of practice). You must be over 18 to participate. You will also need access to a steady internet connection and a device with audio and video capacity. 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.

To apply, fill out our brief application form via the link below.

Successful applicants’ information will be shared with the assigned tutor to provide context for the tutorial and so everyone can prepare.

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Guest Tutors

To date we have been lucky enough to host fantastic guest tutors from across the creative industries including Marcus Oakley, Jude Barber, O Street, Sekai Machache, Steph Liddle, Briana Pegado, Saffa Khan, Mele Broomes, Tolu Coker, Instrmnt, Tom Pigeon, Panel.

Guest tutors for Work in Progress AW 2021 include:

Barrington Reeves is the Creative Director and founder of Glasgow-based Too Gallus - a future-forward multidisciplinary design and branding agency rooted in youth culture. Too Gallus design culturally relevant solutions to content, branding, web design, film and photography – they also created the campaign for our Night Fever: Designing Club Culture exhibition! Barrington is also the Co-Founder of BLM Scotland and the founder of the Black Scottish Business Fund which has raised over £25,000 to support and encourage Black owned businesses.

Explore and find out more: www.toogallus.com / @too_gallus

SJ Hockett is a multi-disciplinary designer, art director and founder of Wonder Room Studio.

Their career began making posters and merch for DIY shows in Leeds (whilst studying physics) and remains heavily influenced by the same ethos and lo-fi aesthetic. Recent clients have included adidas, Palace, Rapha, Hades Knitwear and Working Men's Club.

Explore and find out more: www.wwwonderroom.com / @wwwonderroom

Narture CIC was co-founded in 2020 by father and daughter team, Robert and Saskia Singer, who are both artists with a passion for food and art. Together they run an experimental bakery/ kitchen called BREAD in the historic quarter of Scottish coastal town Ayr. They bake real bread to earn the DOUGH to fund art projects across from the bakery.

Robert initially trained as a chef/baker before studying sculpture and environmental art at Glasgow School of Art graduating in 2001. He has since worked with emerging and established artists, initiating pop-up spaces to develop practices and hold conversations. Saskia studied Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, graduating in 2019. Recently Saskia experimented with printmaking, molecular gastronomy and 3D food printing for Artists Tuckshop Make Bake Cook Book.

Explore and find out more: www.narture.co.uk / @narture.cic / @saskiajaesinger / @dain.hings

Louise Gray is a multidisciplinary designer, creative consultant and educator interested in questioning the rules, and systems we live in as humans. Scotland-born Gray studied textile design at Glasgow School of Art before completing an MA in Fashion at Central Saint Martins. Gray’s eponymous label has earned a loyal following, well known for brightly coloured and embellished garment using simple shapes with a pattern focus.

Explore and find out more: www.louisegray.co / @louisegray__


Kerrie Alexander is the founder of KerrieAldo, an independent slow fashion brand with a commitment to creating clothing with a conscience. In an industry that often puts profit above all else, we value people and the planet as a priority. Each and every piece is designed and handcrafted in the UK. The KerrieALDO studio is in Dundee meaning the majority of KerrieALDO pieces are made right here by Kerrie herself. We’re not keen on fast fashion fads and seasonal ‘drops’ - our collection is timeless and every piece is made to last, the majority of our products are made-to-order or ordered through the Custom Works service meaning it is specially made for you. We don’t keep excess stock and all offcuts are kept to be repurposed into smaller designs and 'zero-waste products, which helps us to reduce textile waste.Explore and find out more: www.kerriealdo.com / @KerrieAldo / @kerriealdo and check out The Dundee Raincoat by KerrieALDO in our shop.

Fraser Gray is a contemporary artist from Dundee, based in Edinburgh. Fraser makes socially engaged, site specific artworks that are more often than not produced in the great outdoors. Striving to make work that is playful, Fraser has worked with communities to help positively transform their spaces and places over the past 15 years.

Explore and find out more: www.frasergray.com/