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.
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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.
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.
Sourcing Beauty, Fashion Residency
14 October 2019 – 13 July 2020
Moses Quiquine's practice seeks to disregard boundaries and classifications found in fashion, whilst maintaining a level of craftsmanship to express rich detail and visual narrative. Of French Caribbean descent, Quiquine grew up in London and is interested in the emotional engagement and tension involved in transforming discarded materials to explore themes of identity, representation and mysticism related to race and culture.
Known for meticulous research process, and often of inspired by museum collections, he views fashion as a symbolic language. His work encompasses rich historic references, contrasting dialogues within his contemporary archival couture, sculptural fashion, and large-scale tapestries.
His residency coincides with the exhibition Tim Walker: Wonderful Things, for which Walker has created new bodies of work inspired by objects in the museum’s eclectic collections. Using the National Art Library collections as a starting point for his research, Moses will similarly be investigating this inspirational repository – specifically a collection of scrapbooks collated by fashion journalist Norah Littlejohn that document fashion in the 20th century.
Want to learn more? Visit Moses in his studio during our Open Studio events.
Capturing Motion, Photography Residency
14 October 2019 – 13 July 2020
Gayle Chong Kwan is an award-winning British artist whose photographs, installations and public-realm events are exhibited nationally and 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 finishing a PhD on Imaginal Travel at the Royal College of Art.
Museums are becoming increasingly important civic environments, hosting objects which embody practices and processes of the past, present and future, whilst also facilitating space for public engagement. In conjunction with the recently opened Photography Centre in South Kensington, and continued Future Plan projects across the Museum of Childhood, V&A East, and HERE East in Stratford’s Olympic Park, there are currently multiple movements and developments occurring.
Chong Kwan will use photography and methods of installation to document, inform and connect with our audiences throughout this moment of strategic change at the V&A.
This residency has been supported by the Young Patrons' Circle Future Fund.
Want to learn more? Visit Gayle in her studio during our Open Studio events.
Engaging Ceramics Residency
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 question of the Anthropocene takes her on a nuclear exploration of deep time, speculative mutation and communication, in this time of great uncertainty regarding our energy sources and future expectations. Amidst the current climate crisis, Lax will facilitate a timely dialogue around alternative energy sources, whilst exploring inter-disciplinary and inter-generational conversations that hold both tensions as well as solutions.
This residency will create exciting public interactions alongside ceramic practice, and is set to highlight opportunities that careers in the arts offer. Alongside public forums and family workshops, on-going work can be viewed in Lax’s ‘radioactive’ studio situated in the heart of the ceramics gallery, on floor 4 of the museum.
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.
We currently have one open call for Danish designers. Further details about this exciting new residency, 'Time For Play' at the Museum of Childhood can be found below. Guidance notes can also be found below along with information about our new 2019 – 20 residents.
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If you would like to be notified when our open calls are issued, or have any questions about our programme, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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.