3 April 2013 at 11.32am | Comment on this article
Five winners have been chosen for this year's Design Challenge. This was the third third year of the competition giving students from National Skills Academy colleges a unique opportunity to develop their skills. There are five design categories to choose from: Set, Costume, Marketing, Digital Educational Resource or Hair & Make Up.
This year’s challenge was based on Tosca and saw over three hundred entries from ten National Skills Academy colleges across England. A team of judges from the Royal Opera House visited all of the colleges during in January to shortlist entries to a final 30 across all the categories.
Watch our film about last year's Design Challenge:
Students from all of the colleges came to watch the Schools’ Matinee Performance of Tosca and to see the special exhibition in the Crush Room, which displayed the final 30 shortlisted entries. The standard of the entries was exceptionally high and the judging panel were extremely impressed with the level of research, innovation and skill that was on display.
Director of Opera, Kasper Holten announced the five winners to a crowded Crush Room after the performance:
Set Design: Madeleine Dowd - North Hertfordshire College
Marketing : Rhona-Anne Breeze - Stoke on Trent College
Hair and Make Up: Mollie Gibb - South Essex College
Costume Design: Bethany Warner - Grimsby Institute
Digital Educational Resource : Vaughan Walton - Grimsby Institute
The five winners now have the opportunity to have a tailor-made backstage experience at the Royal Opera House that relates to their specialism.
The Design Challenge is kindly supported by the Paul Hamlyn Education Fund.