Residencies

Since the V&A's inception, supporting contemporary artists, designers and makers has been at the heart of the museum's vision. The museum has three on-site studios: a dedicated ceramics studio in our Ceramics galleries and two interdisciplinary studios in the Sackler Centre for arts education.

Explore this playlist of short films to get a first-hand account of the research and projects that our residents carry out at the V&A during their residency.

V&A Residency playlist

Alongside 9-month residencies linked to our Learning Department, we also work in collaboration with other departments and external institutions to deliver a range of additional shorter residencies. Through these unique experiences, creative practitioners gain access to the museum's vast collections, specialised curatorial expertise, as well as opportunities to share their work to diverse audiences. It is a place to experiment and disrupt, whilst also inspiring and educating the next generation about the exciting potential of careers in the creative industries. Overall, we facilitate space for curiosity and ingenuity, continuing to push the boundaries of world-leading practice in the museum and beyond.

'Ancestor', Rachel Ara, 2018. Photo © Hydar Dewachi
In Residence

In Residence

Digital Wonderlands Residency
29 September 2021 – 1 July 2022

Sian Fan is an interdisciplinary artist working in London. Her work combines movement, the body and technology to explore embodiment, spirituality, and human experience in the digital age. Drawing on her background in contemporary and aerial dance, her practice suspends, fragments, and augments the body via choreography and digital techniques.

Sian is eager to explore the threshold between the virtual and physical. Working across various mediums, she combines these liminal spaces through sculpture, performance, animation and moving image, along with virtual and augmented reality. She seeks to create works that reflect upon the experience of being online, with devices being used as portals into new realms.

This residency coincides with the exhibition Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser, and Sian plans to start her research within the East Asian Collections. She is keen to discover the wonderlands represented in the paintings, illustrations, and embroidery here, and is looking to learn more about the evolution of Eastern Spirituality represented in our galleries. Through this residency, Sian is interested in using interactive technologies to create direct connections between the physical and the virtual, and hopes to discover new ways for us to coexist with technology.

V&A East/VARI Residency
September 2020 – September 2021

RESOLVE is an interdisciplinary design collective that combines architecture, engineering, technology and art to address social challenges.

Collaboration and co-production are a critical part of their ethos. In realising more equitable visions of change, they look to bridge the gaps between groups and communities, whilst providing a platform for the production of new knowledge and ideas.

An integral part of this involves working with youth and under-represented groups in society, and engaging them in the design process. They have worked with community organisations, galleries and cultural institutions and local authorities over the last 4 years to realise these visions.

For them, ‘design’ encompasses both physical and systemic intervention. They look at innovative ways of working with local communities as ‘stakeholders’ in the short and long-term management of projects. In this way, design carries more than aesthetic value – it is also a mechanism for socio-economic change.

Their creative youth residency will explore how to shape institutional strategy by combining intervention-based and curatorial practice with young people in the boroughs surrounding V&A East. In using hands-on, site specific engagement, they aim to test and research new methods of outreach in order to shape the role of the new museum.

Open Calls

Open Calls

We currently have no open calls. Guidance notes and information about our 2020 – 21 resident can be found below.

If you would like more information on our residencies and how to apply, please read our guidance notes for applicants:

Find out about our 2020 – 21 resident:

If you have any questions about our programme, please email: residencyprogramme@vam.ac.uk

Open Studios

Open Studios

Ever wondered what it’s like inside an artist's studio, where designers or architects find inspiration, or how makers produce their final piece? We host regular Open Studio sessions where you can drop in and meet our current residents to discover more about their practice.

The museum has three on-site studios: a ceramics studio, off Ceramics 143, Level 4, and two studios on Level 1 of the Sackler Centre for arts education

Residency news

Residency news

With a dynamic and evolving programme, there's never a dull moment for our residents. Keep up to date with pop-up events and get behind-the-scenes access as they explore the museum and make work inspired by our collections. You can also investigate a range of research and projects done by many of our alumni.

Alumni

Alumni

Since its establishment the Residency Programme has hosted a vast range of practitioners. Discover more about our residency alumni, their research, projects and public programmes in the museum and beyond.

Background image: © Sam Bakewell