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Winners of the 2016 Design Challenge Competition announced

This year’s competition challenges students to create designs for the opera La traviata and celebrates young creative talent.

By Hayley Bartley (Former Content Producer (Learning))

4 February 2016 at 12.22pm | 1 Comment

Winners have been chosen for the Design Challenge 2016 Competition.

Design Challenge invites students from National Skills Academy colleges across the UK to learn and develop their design skills for an opera or ballet production. This year the challenge is based around the opera La traviata, with winners selected by a panel of industry experts in four categories — set design, costume design, marketing strategy, and hair, wigs and make-up design.

Entrants are given the choice of five 'director's visions' to base their designs on, offering different briefs around the style of the staged production.

The 2016 winners are:

In addition to the category winners, there is also a Director’s Choice award, presented for the design which best fulfils and realizes one of the set director’s visions. This year the prize goes to Eddy Wilson from Sussex Downs College for his set design.

'Eddy's is the one design that made me think, "I want to direct that!"' says David Stevenson, Director and Design Challenge Judge. 'The final model is of an exceptional standard — very professional — and offers great potential for staging.'

Each college that entered Design Challenge has the opportunity to attend this evening's live screening of The Royal Opera's La traviata at their local cinema.

The winners will also get the chance to attend a special day at the Royal Opera House, including an exhibition of their designs, a backstage tour, a visit to a specific Royal Opera House department, and a Schools' Matinee performance of The Royal Opera's Il trittico.

Find out more about Design Challenge

Design Challenge receives generous philanthropic support from The Wilhelm Helmut Trust, Richard and Polly Hill, and the Paul Hamlyn Education Fund.

By Hayley Bartley (Former Content Producer (Learning))

4 February 2016 at 12.22pm

This article has been categorised Learning and tagged costume, creative, Design Challenge, Education, hair, La traviata, learning, learning and participation, make-up, marketing, National Skills Academy, set, talent, wigs

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  1. Basil Dalton responded on 4 February 2016 at 6:52pm Reply

    Fantastic results for NW Regional College, Derry- winner of the ROH design challenge three years in a row. Superb industry-led student competition. Congratulations to the winners in each of the competition categories.

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