The Society of British Theatre Designers

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Make Believe - UK Design for Performance

Exhibitions 2015:

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UK Design for Performance 2011-2015:

Clam-Gallas Palace, Prague Quadrennial 2015
18-28 June, 10:00 – 19:00
The Victoria & Albert Museum, London
11 July 2015 – 3 January 2016, 10:00 – 17:45

The exhibition title, Make/Believe, indicates the vision, skills and commitment found in the diversity of performance design today. It will feature work that defines the edges of this artform-in-industry – in music festivals, large scale events such as the Olympics, Paralympics, community opera, found space and promenade performance, in digital, landscape, heritage and media contexts, as well as the intimate and highly valued work that designers are currently doing in education, health and various community settings.

The exhibition will celebrate the high quality of designs for a variety of theatre spaces, 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. Make/Believe also acknowledges and promotes the development of new performance spaces, the re-envisioning of old and existing buildings and the increasing commitment to sustainable design and practices in both production and performance environments.

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Our PQ installation is a collaboration between the selected designers, exhibition designers Patricia Grasham and Brad Caleb Lee, the Association of Sound Designers, students and staff of the Backstage Academy, Wakefield, of Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD).

The 22 designers + 11 Sound Designers here representing the UK have been selected from the SBTD’s national open exhibition of over 150 designers at NTU in January 2015.

– Kate Burnett, Curator