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

Matteo Menapace: Videogames Resident
15 October 2018 – 28 July 2019

Matteo Menapace is a technology educator and designer of videogames and board games. He draws inspiration from social issues and current events to make games that provoke what he calls "Minimum Playable Dilemmas", presenting players with uneasy choices that question their ethics. During his residency his mission is to "seed the idea, in as many people as possible, that they can move beyond just consuming digital entertainment and become game makers!"

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

Bridget Harvey: Fashioned From Nature Resident
15 October 2018 – 28 July 2019

Bridget Harvey is a maker, curator and activist working at the intersection of craft, design, conservation and remaking. Through her practice, Bridget playfully examines the 'optional durability' of our possessions and questions consumption and production, ownership and materiality, with a focus on repair. During her residency she is studying historical models of repair-making and using them in contemporary garments and fashion artefacts, to re-story the familiar, and reconstruct the forgotten.

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

Sam Bakewell: Ceramics Resident
15 October 2018 – 28 July 2019
Supported by Maurice and Rosemary Lambert

Sam Bakewell's work explores clay's capacity to mirror the subconscious of its maker and its cyclical role as a material linking us back to the earth. A questioning of the validity of the objects he makes (and himself as an artist) informs his thinking, as do ideas around the arbitrary, where waste stops, and where real work begins. During his residency he is exploring the Victorian art pottery of the Martin Brothers and its links to gothic romanticism of the 1900s as well as the idea of mental health and its role in creativity.

Want to learn more? Visit Sam in his 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

We have no Open Calls at the moment. Our next Open Calls will be announced in Spring 2019.

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