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Transformation & Revelation at the V&A London 2012:



From 17th  March until 30th September 2012 Transformation & Revelation will be showing at the V&A  following its great success in Cardiff, where approximately 5,500 visitors saw the show and its trip to the Prague Quadrennial where it won both of the special awards for sound and was seen by approximately 40,000 people.

It will be one of eleven displays representing important collections in the V&A and will form part of the museum’s larger Olympic year exhibition, A Celebration of British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age.

The SBTD’s residency at the V&A has given us the opportunity to enlarge the exhibition beyond the smaller and more specifically focussed PQ’11 selection and we are adding another twenty or so designers to represent more fully the best of UK design for performance from 2007 to 2011. In addition to these thirty-four designers, images of many more of the original T&R exhibitors will be shown in slide form.

With the V&A exhibition in mind, the PQ version was designed as a series of distinct modules in the form of skeletal vitrines or display cases made of box steel, coloured gold. This allows them to be put together as a group or used in isolation. Each vitrine is used to display a single designer’s work. We intend to continue with this concept for the exhibition at the V&A. The vitrines are of different shapes and sizes and can be customised to suit the work being shown.

Transformation & Revelation will not only occupy the Temporary Exhibition Gallery of the Theatre & Performance Collections at the V&A but will also inhabit neighbouring galleries.

Exhibiting at the V&A will be: 

Simon Banham

Donatella Barbieri

Paul Brown

Charlie Cridlan

Bob Crowley

Es Devlin

Fotini Dimou

Johan Engles

Antony Gormley OBE RA

Richard Hudson

Sophie Jump

Ralph Koltai CBE

Karen Lauke                                              Sound installation designer

Marie-Jeanne Lecca

Verena Leo

Garance Marneur

Lois Maskell

Gary McCann

Peter Mumford

Conor Murphy

Kimie Nakano

Pippa Nissen

Christopher Oram

Michael Pavelka

John Pawson

Melissa Appleton & Matthew Butcher     Post Works

Kathrine Sandys

Hansjörg Schmitt

Joanna Scotcher

Ashley Shairp

Hyemi Shin                                                    2011 Linbury Prize winner

Rae Smith

Ben Stones

Jamie Vartan

Naomi Wilkinson.


We are currently discussing the possibilities having talks, workshops, master classes, a symposium and other activities for professional theatre practitioners and students while T&R is at the V&A.

Watch this space and our E-Updates for more details!


Staging Space – From Gormley to Gaga V&A

Conference and Symposia

Fri 30 March 2012 10:30 – 17:30

Conference: To coincide with the display Transformation and Revelation: Gormley to Gaga, the V&A is hosting a symposium. Invited designers and artists will explore the ‘staging of space’ including designing for site-specific productions, dance, theatre and stadium shows