Deadline: 20/07/2017

V&A Research Institute International Residency with Create London

New residency opportunity in London for artists and designers of any nationality.

Description of residency programme
The V&A Research Institute (VARI) and Create London are seeking nominations for a four-month residency based at Create’s The White House in Dagenham’s Becontree Estate in East London between October 2017 and January 2018.

Nominations can be for contemporary artists, makers and designers of any age and nationality based outside of the United Kingdom. Nominators will be asked to submit a joint application with the nominated practitioner.

We are looking for applications from social practice artists or designers working in any form or medium interested in exploring the creative interplay between town and countryside.  The residency will be hosted by Create in their White House site on the Becontree Estate in Dagenham, engaging with its communities and multiple histories.  An exemplar of the Garden City Movement, Becontree was designed in 1921 and grew to form a part of East London.  We are interested in proposals that interrogate the cultural and architectural history of the Becontree Estate and similar garden estate projects while shedding new light on current everyday lived experiences for its residents and imagining new futures for the area.  This could take the form of investigating the edges and overlaps between town and country, looking into the origins of garden cities and city farms, or examining the range of processes and drivers of urbanisation in this spot where East London and Essex meet up.

This project supported by the V&A Research Institute dovetails with the work that the V&A has been effecting with East London communities through a variety of programmes and pop-ups as it explores avenues for its participation in the Cultural Educational Quarter that is planned for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Duration of residency
October 2017 to end of January 2018 (4 months).

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance

VARI Offsite Residents will be offered:

  • A studio space, technical support, accommodation and introductions to the local context of the Becontree Estate in Dagenham by Create’s team at The White House;
  • Formal affiliation with VARI (V&A Research Institute) as part of the V&A’s Research and Collections Division;
  • Appropriate introductions to staff and departments of the V&A and support from the V&A Residencies Progamme Manager;
  • Access to relevant curatorial expertise and V&A collections on display and in storage;
  • Temporary V&A Museum Security pass for the duration of the Residency, subject to Security clearance.

Accomodation will be provided at The White House in the Becontree Estate in Dagenham, East London.

Studio space
A studio will be provided at The White House in the Becontree Estate in Dagenham, East London.

Fees and support
The appointed Resident will receive a stipend of £6,000 and will have a production/research/public engagement budget of £3,000, which can be used to make new work or for materials used in public engagement activities.

Please note that apart from a standard return flight to London and accommodation (which will be provided by Create), all other living expenses (food, transport etc.) will have to be covered by the residency stipend.

Expectations towards the artist

Resident swill be expected to:

  • Carry out research, meet with/present ideas to V&A and Create staff and develop ideas for public programmes;
  • Meet local residents in Dagenham and research the history of the Becontree Estate;
  • Present their research and work in progress both at Create and at the V&A South Kensington to museum staff and the general public;
  • Develop an online presence for their practice on the V&A website, including blogging (technical support will be offered);
  • Author a reflexive document concerning their research methodologies and processes that can be a contribution to VARI and Create’s developing modus operandi;
  • Make this residency their primary commitment during the residency period.

N.B.: The copyright and other intellectual property rights in any works created during the Residency shall vest with the Resident. The V&A and Create shall be granted a non-exclusive, non-commercial, royalty free licence to copy and to reproduce the works for any purpose whatsoever relating to VARI, the V&A and Create’s work.

Application information
For full details on eligibility criteria and the application process:

Nominators will be asked to submit a joint application with the nominated practitioner.

Enquiries should be directed to:        

Deadline for applications: 20 July 2017

Interview date: 22 August 2017

This residency is generously supported by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation.

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V&A Research Institute International Residency with Create London

V&A Research Institute International Residency with Create London

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