Published on January 30, 2013 | by Myriah Towner


V&A offers games designers paid residency

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The V&A is offering a six-month residency to digital games designers
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Digital games designers are being invited to apply for a new residency at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A).

The aim of the Games Design residency is to develop new work and design practices in response to the V&A’s Britain 1500 – 1900 galleries.

The six-month residency will take place initially at the V&A in South Kensington from October 2013 to March 2014.

A second phase will be spent at the University of Abertay Dundee’s GameLab, an innovative facility for graphics and high-end game development.


Early to mid-career digital games designers who are based in the UK are encouraged to apply for the residency, which offers a bursary of £8,400.

“The V&A will offer a games designer access to specialist expertise as well as use of the V&A’s extraordinary collections.” V&A residency co-ordinator, Ruth Lloyd

The successful residents will manage activities designed to engage the public, lead school workshops and develop a game for family visitors at the V&A’s British Galleries.

“Games design is a growing industry in the UK and Britain is now one of the leaders in the world in this field,” explained Ruth Lloyd, V&A residency co-ordinator. “It is a highly skilled form of design that requires both creative and scientific skills.

“The V&A’s first games design residency is an exciting opportunity for the museum to recognise and support this form of design and will offer a games designer access to specialist expertise as well as use of the V&A’s extraordinary collections as creative inspiration to produce new work.”


The resident will develop their creative practice, meet other games designers and curators of digital media and receive financial and mentor support.

The residency is open to pairs and groups, as well as single applicants, on the condition that one member is nominated the leader.

The V&A’s Games Design residency has been organised in collaboration with the games industry body, Association for UK Interactive Entertainment.

To apply, submit your current CV and complete the application form online on the jobs page of the V&A’s website by noon on February 4, 2013.

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