Text & Images: Dino Bonacic, MA Fashion Media Production, London College of Fashion
The second Pop Up Common Room of this academic year was held in the majestic space of the Victoria & Albert Museum, a first-time host to the event. With the subject of Artist In Residence museum programme and direct input from a past resident and the management, ‘V&A Connects’ was an interesting, hands-on experience for both future artists and enthusiasts.
The top, sixth floor of the museum is where the atelier of the Ceramics Artist-In-Residence is located – an elongated open space separated from the Ceramics exhibition room only by a glass wall and a display case that’s curated by the resident of the moment. Walking into the space while coming to the talk felt like opening the doors of a private studio – surrounded with works, sketches and a perfect amount of messiness proved art is being created there on a daily basis. The front part of the space usually used for workshops was transformed into a small lecture hall for the purpose of the event, with just about enough seats for everyone to settle down and listen to what our speakers had to say.