The V&A announces five new artists in residence, celebrates a decade of the programme's existence

19 September 2018

Matteo Menapace/Nicola Bortolamedi/V&A: Beesness Board Game

Fresh off the successful launch of Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt the V&A have today announced what they’re describing as “its biggest and most ambitious ever cohort of V&A Artists in Residence” to mark a decade of the museum’s programme. Fittingly, one of the five creatives given the nod is Matteo Menapace, an Italian designer who will take the title of Videogames resident as of October.

Matteo will be joined by Sam Bakewell (the Ceramics Resident), Arianna Nicoletti (who is given the lovely title of (Goethe V&A Sustainable Fashion Resident), Aqui Thami (V&A Research Institute Resident Artist) and Bridget Harvey (Fashioned from Nature Resident).

Each of the residents will spend the period between October 2018 and June 2019 creating “new works in response to the V&A’s Public Programme and permanent collections,” while ensuring that they engage with the public through a variety of talks and workshops, all of which will support the V&A’s mission to “inspire the next generation of artists, designers and makers.”

“Our artists in residence play a critical role in revaluating and reimagining the V&A collections, to give them new meaning and relevance, and bring them into the 21st century,” says the museum’s residencies programme manager Laura Carderera.

Not just content with crowning a quintet of residents, the V&A have curated an extensive programmes of tours, talks, and displays by both current and former residents, all of which will take place during the London Design Festival.


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