Supporting contemporary artists, designers and makers has always been at the heart of the V&A’s mission. Our Residency Programme enables creative practitioners to gain unique access to the Museum’s collections, archives and curatorial expertise, providing them with a studio on-site, a bursary and a production budget to experiment, create a new body of work and engage with the public.
Ever wondered what it’s like inside an artist’s studio, where designers or architects get their great ideas from, or how makers produce their final piece? We regularly host Open Studio sessions where you can meet our current residents and discover more about their practice.
Click the current residents' Open Studio links below for more information.
Bethan Lloyd Worthington: V&A Ceramics Resident
October 2016 – March 2017
Generously supported by the William Brake Charitable Trust
Bethan Lloyd Worthington is a London based artist who works with drawing, objects and installation to explore themes of place and fragmentation through time. She is particularly interested in archaeology as an inter-relationship with science, landscape, place, etymology, speculation and magic. Ceramics as a medium and an interest form the bedrock of her practice but she has also used wax rubbing, needlepoint tapestry, found materials and stained glass.
Ceramics deals with landscape in so many ways – employing depiction, representation, embodiment – and it’s enticing to think about how these might be utilised. The V&A collection holds a powerful array of techniques and associations, all of them present in our subconscious understanding, but perhaps none of it in isolation represents the way we talk about landscape right now.
muf architecture/art: V&A Research Institute (VARI) Embedded Residency
May 2016 – May 2017
Generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
muf architecture/art has established a reputation for pioneering and innovative projects for public spaces, buildings and landscapes. All of their commissions are expanded with often unsolicited (by the client) research, expanding a brief with the knowledge, desires and experience of varied constituencies.
As part of the V&A’s Research Institute (VARI), the Museum has invited Liza Fior and Katherine Clarke for a yearlong research residency to imagine how to make research visible and to critically rethink ways to encounter the collections at V&A East, the new V&A outpost in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The Museum is in many ways an idealised public space - dry, clean, rich with detail and with its own bylaws. A place where you can be all day without question as long as you only touch when invited to do so.
During our residency, we wish to make the most of our 'governess' status (as neither staff nor visitor) and the freedom that this gives. We will work with V&A staff drawing on their expertise and knowledge of the collection along with small groups of visitors to think about the new building and the way it meets its context as a place of making, thinking, meeting and solace.
Julian Melchiorri: Exhibition Road Engineering Resident
April 2016 – April 2017
Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund
Julian Melchiorri is a design engineer, biotechnologist and entrepreneur based in London. Internationally known for his visionary 'synthetic leaf' projects, Melchiorri proposes radical environmental solutions for urban and industrial settings through an innovative exploitation of biological microorganisms and materials to convert waste and pollution into valuable resources.
Given the V&A’s pioneering vision to showcase manufacturing and engineering innovations, and in conjunction with the 2016 Engineering Season at the V&A, my plan for this residency is to explore how the latest advancements in biotechnology and engineering can be applied to everyday objects and architecture in order to increase the quality of our lives.
With an exciting and ever-changing programme of artists and designers, there’s never a dull moment in our residency studios. Here we show the process of being an artist- or designer-in-residence here at the V&A, with behind-the-scenes insights and stories from our current residents.
How to apply for a residency
We issue open calls for residency applications twice a year, usually in the Spring and Autumn. For each open call, we define a particular area of the collections or a specific theme or medium we would like the resident to explore.
Open calls for applications can be found on our Jobs site.
Watch these short films to get a first-hand account on the research and projects that our resident artists have carried out at the V&A during their residency.
Since its establishment in 2008 the Residency Programme has hosted a vast range of artists and designers. Discover more about our past residents, their research, projects and public programmes in the Museum.