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Workhouse installation for Theatre Design students

Four of our Final Year BA (Hons) Theatre Design students have recently worked on a heritage installation project paying homage to the National Trust's Workhouse in Southwell, Nottinghamshire.

BA (Hons) Theatre Design students Maia Green, Zoe Harris, Rebekah Cannon and Jennifer Horan have all recently worked on a heritage installation paying homage to The Workhouse in Southwell, Nottinghamshire. The project was one of a range of collaborative briefs the students could choose, as part of their final year studies.

The Workhouse, owned by the National Trust, is one of the most complete workhouses in existence. It was built in 1824 and housed around 160 inmates who lived and worked in a strictly segregated environment.

From a theatrical approach, the students responded to the stories, architecture and history of the building by creating various art installations. After working individually to visualise their own personal response to the project, the four students brought all of their installations together under the title of Crafting Stories, which was open to the public from the 14 – 23 February 2015.

In preparation for Crafting Stories the students visited The Workhouse and viewed the space, working with the House Manager, Education and Events Coordinator and archivists.

Maia Green told us: "The experience allowed us to work in an inspiring environment that had a lasting impact on the way in which we think about what theatre is to us. Not only did we learn a lot about the history of poverty, welfare and workhouses, but we all learned how to convey our response to the stories of a building to a public audience.

"We also had the opportunity to work with some very inspiring and helpful individuals from The Workhouse. Everyone made us feel extremely welcome and were excited by our ideas and art work."

Read more about Crafting Stories on the students' blog.

Workhouse installation for Theatre Design students

Published on 9 March 2015
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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