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Tuesday 14 June 2022

Sussex Student Wins Royal Opera House Design Challenge Award

The Royal Opera House celebrated the 2022 winners of its prestigious Design Challenge – a nation-wide competition that provides students with invaluable, practical insight into technical and production practice, encouraging them to apply their understanding to a professional context, and develop the skills required to embark on a career in technical theatre craft. 
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Launched in 2011, and open to anyone studying Art and Design from GCSE to Foundation Degree level, the challenge requires applicants to try their hand designing sets, costumes, wigs, makeup or a marketing campaign for a designated opera or ballet production. 

Students research and produce design prototypes in response to their chosen Director's Vision, relaying their ideas and process in a 90-minute portfolio pitch. 

This year's prize giving event celebrated the Challenge's 2022 winners, tasked with creating designs for Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes was, among others, William Chan, from East Sussex College, Lewes (Set Design) 

The exhibition of winners' work will be open to the public until Wednesday 22nd June 2022. 

Work by all finalists was seen and scrutinized by judging panels of professional designers and creatives at the ROH – including several senior staff members in the Royal Opera House's technical and production teams. 

Chief Executive Alex Beard presented the students with their awards.
Jillian Barker, Director of Learning and Participation, said: 

"The Royal Opera House is thrilled to have hosted the winners of the 11th year of our flagship Design Challenge. 

"Having spent the day at ROH with our professionals and in their host departments, young winners from across the country were given awards. 

"Each of them expressed real originality, skill and creativity. 

"We hope this will prove life-changing and be their entry into the imaginative worlds of ballet and opera." 

The 2022/23 Design Challenge The Magic Flute will launch with an online tutor briefing event on Wednesday 22nd June 2022. 

by: Mike Cobley


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