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Society of British Theatre Designers (SBTD) in collaboration with the V&A Museum and Nottingham Trent University.

Make/Believe brought together an extraordinary range of contemporary designers and artists in performance to show a collection of new work – all made in the last four years.  Revealing the ideas and processes behind visually arresting performance made by UK designers here and internationally.

The exhibition featured work that defines the edges of this art form; in industry and music festivals, large scale events such as the Olympics, Paralympics, community opera, found space and promenade performance, in digital, heritage and media contexts.  It also gave praise to the  intimate and highly valued work that designers are currently doing in education, health and various community settings.

Make/Believe at NTU was the first stop in a touring exhibition; selected works were subsequently shown at the Prague Quadrennial in June 2015, now currently on show at the V&A for nine months from July 2015, before moving on to festivals and venues throughout the UK from March 2016.

Exhibition Handout

Click here to download the exhibition handout

This touring exhibition created by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in collaboration with the Society of British Theatre Designers celebrated the work of over 30 of the most pioneering British theatre designers, architects and artists.

Transformation & Revelation featured drawings, photographs, scale models and costumes, as well as sound, lighting and multi-media installations.

Highlights included Rae Smith’s digital projections in the National Theatre’s West End production of War Horse (2007); Antony Gormley’s creative process for the dance work Sutra produced by Sadler’s Wells (2008) and photographs and models of Es Devlin’s designs for Lady Gaga’s Monsterball tour (2009–2010).

For details of exhibitors please visit the Transformation & Revelation webpages.