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

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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 V&A'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.

Young V&A Design Residency
17 January – 15 July 2022

Left: image of woman with brown hair pointing at a half-circle shaped mirror, which is secured inside a black frame. Right: 3D clay shapes such as pyramid, sphere, ring shape. They are scattered around a glass vessel, which a hand is reaching for

Maraid Mcewan is an artist and designer based in London whose work spans the themes of gender inequality and inclusivity, craft and technology, empathy, fundraising, and installation design. Her practice focuses on the process of reconceptualisation through interactions and installation, with design for change and social impact at the core.

This residency explores what it means to be creatively immersed – as a young person or child – and how we can generate immersive creative experiences which incorporate mindfulness. Through this, Maraid aims to harness her skills and experience of working within inclusive and co-design parameters.

Connecting to a pivotal moment in the development of Young V&A, Maraid's approach can inform understanding around how practitioners contribute to the new museum. It will enable us to explore inclusive design and learning opportunities, rebalancing the traditional hierarchies of the design process to engage with a diverse range of children and young people. Through exploring the ways that the voices of children and young people can be paired with creative professionals, their lived experiences and unique perspectives are valued within this participatory design process.

Open calls

Open calls

We currently have new details for a ceramics residency open call. Please find further information on how to apply below:

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

If you have any questions about our programme, please email:

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.

V&A South Kensington has three on-site studios: a ceramics studio, off Ceramics 143, Level 4, and two studios on Level 1 of the 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.



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.

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