Theatre Design students exhibit at Calke Abbey

Final Year BA (Hons) Theatre Design students have recently taken part in a collaborative installation project with The National Trust Estate Calke Abbey, resulting in an exhibition around the estate.

Final Year BA (Hons) Theatre Design students have recently taken part in a collaborative installation project with The National Trust Estate Calke Abbey, resulting in an exhibition around the estate.

Eight students from the course were tasked with creating a response to the history and people of Calke Abbey through their creative and artistic abilities. They were briefed to consider the themes and characters associated with the house and grounds with a performance installation.

The students have spent the last four months designing and developing their ideas. One student, Eunjoo Kyung said, "For me this was a fantastic chance to experience British Culture and history, as well as being able to see how they protect their cultural heritage, as an international student."

Each students work is now being exhibited at Calke Abbey, each piece having its own unique design but with linking factors which relate to one another's work. Tom Cavanagh said, "I was inspired by Sir Vauncey Harpur Crewe (the last man to occupy the house), his reclusive personality and obsession with bringing nature into the house was my main inspiration for my piece."

Layla Brookes, another of the exhibiting students, added, "The house is unique and has a lot of character and The National Trust wanted this to be reflected in the exterior of this house in places such as the riding school and the stables."

All students work can be seen at Calke Abbey until Friday 7 March.
You can read about each students' work on their blog.

Theatre Design students exhibit at Calke Abbey

Published on 6 March 2014
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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