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David Shearing wins Global Award for Installation Design

September 24th, 2013

David Shearing, Research Associate in Scenography, was selected as one of 100 finalists from an entry of over 700 international designers to present his work at World Stage Design 2013. Held every four years, and staged in the UK for the first time, the event included a major exhibition and performances at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. At this global celebration of excellence in scenography, David’s work was recognised by the international jury who awarded him the prize for best Installation Design.
David presented his designs for ‘and it all comes down to this…’ a performance installation presented in 2012 as part of his practice-led PhD which examines the nature of audience immersion and the experience of scenography. The project was developed with Arts Council funding and with support through the stage@leeds PAD (Professional Artist Development) programme. Two BA Performance Design gradates Chloë Jayne Oldridge (2011) and Laura Price (2012) were employed as design assistants in the making of the project. This prestigious award at World Stage Design in an inaugural category recognises the importance of design-led experience in the public sphere and helps to position David’s practice and research into scenographic experience as world-leading.


The School had a significant presence at World Stage Design; Becs Andrews, a DARE Fellow in Scenography was also selected as a finalist and her costume designs for ‘Faster’ 2012 by the Birmingham Royal Ballet were exhibited; Joslin McKinney coordinated a TESTing event for international practice-based researchers in scenography; Scott Palmer presented at an Association of Lighting Designer’s seminar on Aesthetics, and Level 2 Performance Design student Ed Soulsby worked as one of the many student facilitators in Cardiff. David’s award was a highlight of the event and represents a significant achievement and recognition of excellence in performance design and its research.

 Images: from top ‘and it all comes down to this…’ presentation and  David Shearing with Sean Crowley Director of World Stage Design 2013 Image Credit: Simon Gough

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