I was interested to discover that the Victoria and Albert Museum recently selected five young artists and designers who graduated this year to spend a fortnight each in one of their residency studios. Between October and December, they will be making work inspired by many different areas of the museum’s collections.
Rudy Hartt recently graduated from the Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London, where he studied filmmaking, animation, and storytelling on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design – Moving Image pathway. During his residency, he will draw on the museum’s collections as well as a wide range of animation, digital design and film making techniques for a project that will present Aesop’s Fables in a contemporary context for a modern audience.
Vincent Larkin recently gained an MA in Authorial Illustration from Falmouth College of Art. His artistic practice is based around the idea of the uncomfortable narrative - the overlaps and diversions in the way we tell the story of ourselves. During his residency, he plans to create two hand-made illustrated books. In making the first, he will refer to the V&A’s Harry Hammond photographic collection to tell the story of pre-1963 British popular music with reference. The second book will be informed by conversations with visitors to the V&A, and will explore the story of contemporary music.
Alix Marie works across the mediums of photography and sculpture. She graduated from Central Saint Martin’s College with a BA in Fine Art (2011) and an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art (2014). During her time at the V&A, she will be photographing Rodin’s sculptures as a means of exploring the ways in which photography today is increasingly crossing the boundaries of sculpture and installation.
Thom Swann recently graduated with a BA in Graphic Design from Kingston University London, and is developing a practice centred around typography, drawing and writing. He plans to use his residency at the V&A to study the work of expert letterers, draftsmen and printers in depth and to consider how this knowledge can be applied in a relevant, contemporary way.
Noemi Niederhauser creates mixed-media installations that challenge historical and ethnographic narratives. She recently gained an MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, and previously participated in artist-in-residence programmes in Shiragaki, Japan in (2009) and The National Art School of Limoges, France (2011). She will analyse the patterns of an early eighteenth-century Swiss printed linen in the museum’s textile collection. and then reinterpret the piece by experimenting with both traditional and contemporary techniques of print-making to create a work in which the historical narrative is blurred.
You can see what inspires all of these artists on the Victoria and Albert's Artist in Residence board.
The group will return in March 2015 to display their work at the museum. It sounds like a fantastic opportunity for any up and coming young artist or designer!