Linbury Prize Design Festival

Posted on 23 Fri 10 2015

To tie in with this year's Linbury Prize, there is a festival of design events hosted at the National Theatre, Theatre Design - Stages of Creation.

There's an overview of the events below - click on the titles for more information and to book.

Workshop: Creative Design and Wig-making for Theatre 
Tuesday 1 December, 1 – 6pm 
Create a dramatic piece of wig design on a grand scale.

Putting it into Practice – Theatre Design Day
Monday 7 December, 11am – 3.30pm 
A day of talks and discussion on various aspects of theatre design at the NT and elsewhere.

Talk: Designing
Tuesday 8 December, 3.30-5pm

Meet the designers responsible for creating the world of - Rae Smith (Set Design), Katrina Lindsay (Costume Design) and Lysander Ashton of 59 Productions (Projections).

Wednesday 9 December, 5 – 6.30pm
As a theatre designer what should sustainability mean to your practice?
Portfolio Advisory Day 
Wednesday 2 December, 10.30am – 5.30pm
Bring your portfolio and meet with representatives from the performing arts industry including designers, directors, and production managers.
To book, and for more information about the time slots throughout the day, please email 
Talk: Beyond the Linbury Prize
Thursday 10 December, 5.30-6.30pm
Meet the Linbury Prize winners from 2013 to hear about their experiences as finalists and of going on to realise their winning designs.
(Booking details to follow)
Talk: Jocelyn Herbert Archive talk 
Friday 11 December, 4-5.30pm
Designer, Sophie Jump, presents an illustrated talk of the work of Jocelyn Herbert through her Archive.
(Booking details to follow)

2013 Awards ceremony at the National Theatre
2013 awards ceremony at the National Theatre

Madeleine Girling, photo by Sheila Burnett
2013 Winner, Madeleine Girling

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The twelve finalists will work on a design brief on an upcoming production from one of the four commissioning companies and exhibit their designs at the National Theatre. Four will win a commission to realise their designs with the participating companies, and one designer will be awarded the overall winner's title.

Twelve finalists for the Linbury Prize have been chosen and will soon be announced. Three designers will work with each of the following companies: Octagon Theatre Bolton, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Leeds Playhouse, to create a design for an upcoming production.

Candidates for the Linbury Prize can start submitting their portfolios from Wednesday 1 May. Deadline for submissions is Monday 1 Jul 2019.