The four-yearly national exhibition of stage design is currently on at Nottingham Trent University and, amid the impossibly grand designs for eye-wateringly large-scale productions, it features some small-scale gems including the white card model for the OakMobile (which was commissioned from Talking Birds by the National Trust in Birmingham in 2013) and Talking Birds’ Capsule, which was performed at Warwick Arts Centre in 2011. For more details of the exhibition, which is always worth visiting, see below:

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.

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