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

The V&A Research Institute (VARI)

Since 2016, we have also offered collaborative research residences through the V&A Research Institute (VARI), generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Working with Learning, VARI supports two research residencies per year for artists, designers and makers. The 12-month 'embedded residency' invites creative practitioners to critically examine ways of rethinking the V&A from the inside and transforming it into an active site of participation and discussion. The 3-month 'offsite residency' supports practitioners with a socially engaged practice to work with creative partner organisations in East London. This builds relationships with the diverse practitioner communities, in anticipation of the opening of V&A East.

In Residence

In Residence

Moses Quiquine: Fashion Resident
14 October 2019 – 13 July 2020

Moses Quiquine is a London-based artist seeking to disregard boundaries and classifications whilst maintaining a level of craftsmanship to express visual narrative. Of French Caribbean descent, Quiquine grew up in London and is interested in transforming discarded materials to explore themes of identity, representation and mysticism related to race and culture. Known for his meticulous research process and inspired by museum collections, he views fashion as a symbolic language. His work encompasses rich historic references and contrasts dialogues within contemporary archival couture, sculptural fashion, and large-scale tapestries.

Want to learn more? Visit Moses in his studio during our Open Studio events.

Gayle Chong Kwan: Photography Resident
14 October 2019 – 13 July 2020

Gayle Chong Kwan is an award-winning British artist whose photographs, installations and events are exhibited internationally. At the core of Chong Kwan’s practice is an expanded and embodied approach to photography, through which she explores simulacra, the sublime, and the politics of food, travel, and waste. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the Royal College of Art on Imaginal Travel.

Want to learn more? Visit Gayle in her studio during our Open Studio events.

Aimee Lax: Ceramics Resident
14 October 2019 – 13 July 2020

Aimee Lax presents a notion of nature that can be simultaneously threatening and beautiful. She uses a variety of materials but finds that porcelain harnesses a sense of fragile power when commenting on nature, both as we know and imagine it. Her most recent focus on the Anthropocene takes her on a nuclear exploration of deep time, speculative mutation and communication in this period of great uncertainty regarding our energy sources and future expectations.

Want to learn more? Visit Aimee in her studio during our Open Studio events.

Ella Britton: V&A Research Institute (VARI) Embedded Design Thinker in Residence
November 2018 – November 2019
Generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

"Design is about having compassion for others, listening, and leading beyond authority." Ella Britton's focus on human-centered design has seen her work for the Design Council, the NHS, local government and various third sector organisations in the UK to bring design thinking and social innovation into public service re-design. During her residency she is exploring how a human-centered design process can help us better understand our social value, impact, and changing role in our rapidly changing complex world.

Open Calls

Open Calls

Open calls are currently closed, but we will be announcing some exciting opportunities in October 2019. Further details and general guidance notes can be found below, along with some information about our new 2019 – 20 residents:

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

If you would like to be notified when our open calls are issued or 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