Residency dates: 29 September 2021 – 1 July 2022
Residency stipend: £12,000
Deadline for applications: 9 July 2021
Interview date: 13 August 2021
V&A Induction dates: 29 September – 8 October 2021
The Victoria and Albert Museum is inviting applications from UK based practitioners working across the mediums and disciplines of digital creative arts who wish to develop their practice or portfolio of work. We are interested in practitioners who work in a critically informed way and are interested in developing their practice with the thematic starting point of Wonderlands.
This invitation coincides with the V&A’s major exhibition, Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser, which charts the origins, adaptations and reinventions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland over 157 years, following its evolution from manuscript to a global phenomenon beloved by all ages. This theatrical staging provides an immersive and mind-bending journey down the rabbit hole into Alice’s fantastical and extraordinary world: Wonderland.
Similarly, the V&A is a doorway into other worlds and a place full of wonderful objects and stories. They invite practitioners working with diverse methods as well as inclusive and imaginative approaches to digital artistic practice. We encourage practitioners to engage with the Museum’s spaces, galleries and collections in creative and original ways. They are particularly interested in practitioners working through, but not limited to, the mediums of mixed realities, projection mapping, performance design and scenography, digital animation, storytelling and world-making.
They encourage practitioners to outline in their application how they envision their residency in response to the theme, as well as contribute to the visitor’s experiences through our Learning Programme and public engagement activities. They welcome contribution to our visitor’s experiences through performance, interactive displays and gallery interventions that can explore the V&A’s wonder and innovation. Like Alice, they invite you to unlock and navigate your curiosity within the Museum and inspire and challenge audiences to do the same.
The appointed Resident will be expected to:
- Spend time equivalent to at least two days per week throughout the duration of the residency carrying out research and developing their practice, meeting with/presenting ideas
to museum staff and developing ideas for public engagement;
- Undertake museum-focused and/or collections-based research;
- Make this residency their primary commitment, although a part-time role;
- Present their research and work in progress to the V&A museum staff and the general public on a regular basis (e.g. 121s, Work in Progress, Open Studios, InFocus Tours);
- Hold Open Studios (we estimate a minimum of 4 for the duration of the residency);
- Participate in monthly 121s with Residency Producer and a ‘Work in Progress’ presentation in Spring 2022 (an informal ‘crit’ session with V&A curators);
- Undertake one public engagement project with the V&A Learning Team;
- Contribute to the dissemination of their residency-related research outputs on the V&A website and networks, through film, photography, podcast, blog posts and social media
- Author and submit a final report reflecting on their residency research, experience and findings;
- Commit to 2-week induction and orientation at V&A from 29 September – 8 October 2021 prior to residency start date;
- Commit to residency code of professional practice (to be signed during their induction).
9 July, 2021.