Royal Opera House Design Challenge
STUDENTS spent a creative and interactive day at South Essex College as part of the Royal Opera House’s Design Challenge.
The College’s Thurrock Campus in Grays town centre hosted the prestigious workshop day for local schools who entered the competition.
Schools including Hathaway Academy, Gateway Academy and Wilmington Grammar School for Girls attended the event and took part in costume, set design and print workshops with College staff.
Visitors were also treated to two talks by Bendy Ashfield who manages apprenticeship programmes at the Royal Opera House and Emma Troubridge, Head of Scenic Art ROH Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop at High House Production Park, Purfleet.
Abi Thompson, Head of Art & Design at the College, said: “Students experienced a fabulous showcase of art & design sessions at the College, they also got a taste of what it’s like to work in the creative industries during the day. We’re extremely proud to be a Royal Opera House flagship college and love joining together to put on events such as these for students.”
The ROH Design Challenge gives students the opportunity to test and develop design skills, based around an opera or ballet production.
This year students had to create costumes and set design schemes for the opera, Salome.
Gabrielle Forster-Still, ROH Head of Learning and Participation in Thurrock, said: “It was lovely to see students so fully engaged in all the workshops and activities on offer from South Essex College and the Royal Opera House.
“Students were able to try out 3D model making, costume design, graphic design and print making. They met Royal Opera House apprentices, learnt about the work of a scenic artist and how to find work experience and apprenticeships in the creative industries.
“It was also fantastic to see the exhibition of the students’ work from the Design Challenge and to award certificates to the winner for Costume Design, Hannah Embury from Wilmington Grammar School for Girls and Set Design, Saule Piliponyte from Hathaway Academy.”