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Goethe V&A Residency

Jumper (Scribble) © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Every two years, the V&A and the Goethe-Institut London welcome an artist to their joint residency programme to work with the V&A’s collection investigating a particular theme.

The Goethe V&A Residency takes place in close collaboration with the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The residency focuses on art and design, such as fashion design, digital design, sound art, animation and photography. The artists work with the V&A’s collection creating a link between the collection and contemporary design. Through workshops, open studios, talks, presentations or masterclasses they engage in the museum’s public participatory programme.
The residency programme addresses artists based in Germany. It includes a fee, a monthly stipend for sustenance, travel expenses within the UK, and production costs as required. The museum offers a studio space at the V&A in South Kensington while the Goethe-Institut invites the artist to stay at the institute’s guest apartment. During their residency the artist will be supported by both teams at V&A and the Goethe-Institut.
This residency programme is part of an ongoing cooperation between the Goethe-Institut London and the V&A. The programme was established in 2016 following a successful collaboration on the V&A’s first ever Digital Design Residency with Berlin-based collective The T/Shirt Issue in 2014. Graphic designer Helmut Völter was the first Goethe V&A artist in residence. His residency culminated an exhibition of his work at the annual London Design Festival. 2018 sees the fashion designer Arianna Nicoletti taking up the Goethe V&A residency. Her residency focuses on sustainable fashion design tying in with the V&A’s Fashioned from Nature exhibition.
Mario Schruff
Project Co-ordinator for Visual Art and Music
Goethe-Institut London

Woman's head covered by artistic clothing © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

2014 V&A Residency
T-Shirt Issue

The Goethe-Institut London and the Victoria and Albert Museum presented a six-month residency in 2014. The design collective The T/Shirt Issue worked with 3D scanning and software from different fields to manipulate objects and reconstruct clothing patterns in 3D.

Helmut Völter at V&A Museum © Helmut Völter

2016 V&A Residency
Helmut Völter

In 2016, the Goethe-Institut London and the Victoria & Albert Museum set out to collaborate on a long-term residency programme: the Goethe V&A Residency. German artist Helmut Völter was selected to be the first resident artist. He works at the intersection of art and science.

Arianna Nicoletti.  © Chiara Bonetti © Chiara Bonetti

2018 V&A Residency
Arianna Nicoletti

The Goethe-Institut and the V&A chose Arianna Nicoletti as German-based sustainable fashion and textile design resident who works with sustainable materials or processes such as circular economy or zero-waste design.