Artist Fellowships – VARI / V&A East in collaboration with Bow Arts Trust

Exploring local ecologies

About the Project

Artists Adam Moore and Laura Wilson are examining and responding to the histories and practices of making, manufacturing and materials in Newham. Based at Bow Arts’ studio in Royal Albert Wharf, they are investigating local ecologies and our relationship to nature within the urban environment.


VARI's Artist Fellowships bring together creative practitioners with museum professionals, audiences and partner organisations, to shine new light on the V&A’s collections and explore the histories and futures of east London through a practitioner’s lens, opening up new modes of public engagement and creative encounter. The Artist Fellows are based at Bow Arts’ Royal Albert Wharf site, situated in the heart of the Docklands in East London.


Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Fellowships are part of a portfolio of research projects with the aim to incubate new methods for interdisciplinary collections research within the Museums while fostering collaborations with different partner organisations such as Bow Arts Trust. The two Fellowships are rooted in the local context with the aim of engaging our local communities as part of the pre-opening, outreach programme for V&A East, the V&A’s two new sites in Stratford, London.


With the two new sites in Stratford, V&A East will be at once locally rooted and globally relevant. These site-specific Artist Fellowships embody this ethos and are integral to our pre-opening community engagement programme that operates as a test site for exploring new and innovative modes of museum engagement for the 21st century. In addition, the work undertaken during the Fellowships will form an important part of Bow Arts’ ongoing project Common Distributions, a co-creation exploration with local communities at Royal Albert Wharf to build a pavilion in Pump House Square for summer 2024.

The Team

Adam Moore

Artist Fellow

Adam Moore is an Anglo Caribbean artist from east London making dance and performance. Accumulating since 2020, his technical studio practice houses his choreography and dancing in design and installation and expands into post-studio practices making ... Read more

Laura Wilson

Artist Fellow

From January to March 2024, Laura Wilson takes over the studio at Royal Albert Wharf. Laura was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and lives & works in London. She is interested in how history is carried and evolved through everyday materials, trades ... Read more