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Make Believe - UK Design for Performance

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The Society was created to benefit you and your profession - to explore and further the role of the designer within the arts today. Your membership can make a difference.

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Blue Pages Magazine, no. 4 - 2014 cover

Blue Pages is the Society of British Theatre Designers' quarterly journal. It is sent out to all members (Professional, Graduate, Student, Associates and Retired) as part of their subscription. Containing a diverse range of articles on contemporary performance design practice from innovative practitioners across the disciplines of performing and visual arts, architecture, research and education, this is a must read for all those with an interest in our field.

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UK Design for Performance 2011-2015 Exhibition

Details of the educational programme can be seen on the News page

The Society of British Theatre Designers’  National Exhibition 2015 in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum and Nottingham Trent University
14 – 31 January 2015

10am -5pm Monday to Saturday

The SBTD’s new national exhibition will open at Nottingham Trent University from 14 – 31 January 2015.

This major exhibition will showcase the work of more than 140 designers completed during the past four years.

New, emerging and established designers will be exhibiting their work, and the exhibition will celebrate the high quality of designs for a variety of theatre spaces, including the traditions of pantomime design, the ravishing visuals that transform many children’s books into stage spectaculars as well as the dance and opera designs by UK designers that are notable around the world.  More details about the exhibition can be found here.

Selected work from this open exhibition will be shown at the next Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space from 17 – 28 June 2015, before taking up residency at the Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum in London for six months from July 2015 and at a further  galleries throughout the UK from March 2016.

Exhibitor Get-Out:

The Exhibitor’s get-out will take place from 6pm-9pm on Saturday 31st January, after a day of activities and the final day of the exhibition at NTU. If you have any queries about the removal of your work please contact the exhibition team on: We look forward to seeing you again soon.