14 December 2014
by Marion Lean
The Designers in Residence programme at the Design Museum is a core part of the museum's activity, and exists to provide practising designers, across any discipline, with time and space away from their regular environment to reflect, research and consider new ways of developing their practice.
During the four months leading up to the exhibition, each resident discusses their proposed project with established practitioners, industry experts and residency alumni — the idea being that these conversations promote critical dialogue and challenge their ideas. Alongside these exchanges, they consult with the Design Museum's legal, commercial, development, learning and curatorial teams in order to gain a greater understanding of how their work fits within the museum's wider context.
To gain one of the coveted places on the programme, applicants must respond to an open submission and brief, set by the Design Museum. Previous briefs have covered site-specific interaction, collecting, the notion of community, thrift, the pursuit of imperfection, and identity. To be eligible, residents must live and work in the UK, have graduated within the last five years, and must have been working professionally (or voluntarily) in some form of design practice for at least a year. At what the museum feels is a critical point in a designer’s career, each resident is offered a bursary, commissioning budget and the production costs required to realise a new commission.
The theme for the Designers in Residence 2015 is Migration. The deadline for entries is Monday 2 March 2015