Deadline: 07/07/2017

V&A Research Institute Embedded Residency

New residency opportunity at the V&A for artists and designers working with data as their medium.

Description of residency program
The Victoria & Albert Museum Research Institute (VARI) is inviting nominations and applications for a yearlong embedded residency at the Museum for practitioners working with data as their medium. 

The V&A holds considerable quantities of data and of information about its collection objects, and digital infrastructures increasingly form the connective tissue between objects, information, curators and visitors – both in house and online.  Artists working in code and as developers are producing artworks, experiences and events with museum data, creating visualisations, systems and software design, hackathons and more by employing and repurposing digital tools and languages such as (but not limited to) JavaScript, algorithms, GIS, text/image mining and semantics. 

Working with the multiple layers of collections information held in the V&A Museum, we would like the VARI Embedded Artist to make data-focused works that propose new points of entry, navigation and engagement with both collections and the information that we hold about them, eliciting meaningful forms of participation both onsite and offsite, and by the widest range of possible publics. 

Duration of residency
The appointed resident will be based at the V&A South Kensington’s Research Department on a part-time basis between October 2017 and October 2018.

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
VARI Embedded Residents will be offered:

  • Direct involvement in the culture of the Museum through the activities and mechanisms listed above;

  • Formal affiliation with VARI (V&A Research Institute) as part of the Museum’s Research and Collections Division;

  • Appropriate introductions to staff and departments of the Museum and support from the V&A Residencies Progamme Manager;

  • Access to relevant curatorial expertise and collections on display and in storage;

  • Access to a personal computer, including V&A intranet login and email address;

  • Temporary V&A Museum Security pass for the duration of the Residency, subject to Security clearance.

    NB: The V&A cannot offer secretarial or administrative assistance to Residents beyond access to the desk mentioned above and any related stationery required to support the research needs of the Residency. Moreover, the V&A cannot offer technical support for the production of new work and depending on the resident’s practice, he/she may have to use their residency budget to rent equipment or hire specialised support.

We welcome nominations/applications from applicants based in or outside of London (in the UK and internationally) but please note that there is no separate budget for accommodation or travel.

Studio/ workspace
The resident will not get a studio space in the museum but he/she will get access to a deskspace and a personal computer.

Fees and support
The VARI Residencies are supported through a stipend of £12,000 and a production/research/public engagement budget of £2,000.

The £12,000 will need to cover the Resident’s living costs, including accommodation in central London (if required and to be arranged by the Resident), subsistence and travel costs to and from the artists normal working location and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The £2,000 production/research/public engagement budget can be used for research travel, equipment rental, consumables and costs attached to displays and/or public programmes.

Residency grant funding is disbursed over two installments of 50% of the grant amount, based on the completion of project-specific contract-specified benchmarks, so planning for good personal cash flow and host venue collaboration is essential.

Expectations towards the artist
The appointed Residents will be expected to:

  • Spend a time equivalent to at least two days per week* throughout the duration of the residency, carrying out research, meeting with/presenting ideas to museum staff and developing ideas for public programmes;

  • Present their research and work in progress both offsite and at the V&A South Kensington to museum staff and the general public on a regular basis;

  • Undertake museum-focused and/or collections-based research;

  • Develop an online presence for their practice on the V&A website, including blogging (technical support will be offered);

  • Develop their practice into new areas in collaboration with VARI staff and Fellows;

  • Author a reflexive document concerning their methodologies and processes that can be a contribution to VARI’s developing modus operandi;

  • Make the VARI Artists in Residence Programme their primary commitment, although a part-time role.

*It should be noted that there is flexibility to accommodate other commitments that the Resident may have (travel, teaching, exhibitions etc.) so the Resident can work more intensively during some periods and less during others but we are looking for a practitioner that will make the Residency a primary commitment.  

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: 7 July 2017
Interview date: 20 July 2017

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

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V&A Research Institute Embedded Residency

V&A Research Institute Embedded Residency

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