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Artist Research Residency: Uncovering Vietnamese Archives 2022

A new opportunity for a Vietnamese or East & South East Asian artist based in London or greater London, with a genuine passion and practice working with communities, interested in exploring archives, or archives as methodology.

This is the first of three residencies at the Museum of the Home, focused on activating Vietnamese archives through a contemporary lens. The artist selected will receive a fee of £2000, plus a budget of £1000 to deliver workshops for members of the Vietnamese community, in a six-week residency from 5 September to 15 October 2022. Applications are open now until Monday 29 August 2022.


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About the Residency

The purpose of the residency is to empower participants, particularly those from the Vietnamese community with the language, knowledge and inspiration to engage with Vietnamese archives in a deep and meaningful way. The artist will help to uncover some of the barriers and look to devise and deliver creative ways to help participants to engage with the material. 

Through a participatory Research & Development Lab, the role of the artist will be to uncover and deliver methods (e.g. workshops, training, knowledge sharing) that foster awareness and understanding of ‘archives’ for the Vietnamese community. The R&D Lab will serve as a catalyst for the Vietnamese community to begin thinking critically about Vietnamese archives, and the powerful stories of British-Vietnamese migration, endurance and diaspora history they contain. 

Drawing on a socially-engaged practice, the artist will work directly and intuitively with members of the Vietnamese community, and specifically young adults (25 - 35 years). The artist will spend time delivering activities in both Vietnamese community spaces and the Museum of the Home.

The Vietnamese archives refers to the GOR HOI Archive at Tower Hamlets Library, from which the artist will select material to focus on during the six-week residency. 

At the end of the six-week residency, the artist will have the opportunity to share the creative outcomes of the R&D Lab, including the research, discoveries and experience working in response to the needs of the Vietnamese community, in a public presentation at the Museum of the Home.

To apply, please read the key information and details provided below.

Key Information

  • A £2,000 artist fee @ 10 days over the six week period
  • £1,000 for production costs (e.g. workshops, training, knowledge sharing) as part of the R&D Lab 
  • £500 for workshop materials
  • Museum of the Home will support with marketing and access costs for the project delivery  
  • The Museum of the Home will facilitate and support with evaluation and community engagement designed with the artist 
  • Access to and support from the Archive Shaping Group, as the artist sees fit
  • Access to Studio space, Library and Curatorial Staff at the Museum of the Home (within opening hours)
  • A dedicated residency page on the Museum of the Home’s website
  • Applications close on Monday 29 August 2022 at 6pm.


  • A London-based artist
  • A proven community-based practice or strong interest in further developing one
  • Strong experience working with the Vietnamese and/or ESEA or under-represented communities 
  • A proven experience developing, planning and delivering workshops 
  • Strong written and oral communication that can be adapted according to the needs of the audience
  • Self-sufficient and highly organised 


  • A strong network with Vietnamese and East & South East Asian groups 
  • Ability to speak and write Vietnamese and/or one of the Chinese Languages (Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkein etc.)
  • An active practice and interest working with archives and collections
  • Communication skills including delivering talks, tours, le

How to apply

Deadline: 6pm, Monday 29 August 2022

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