Getting a taste for creative industry

Royal Opera House Design Challenge
Students tried their hand at set design

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 that entered the competition.

Schools including Hathaway Academy and Gateway Academy attended the event and took part in costume, set design and print workshops with college staff. Visitors were treated to two talks by Bendy Ashfield who manages apprenticeship programmes at the Royal Opera House and Emma Troubridge, Head of Scenic at High House Production Park, Purfleet.

Abi Thompson, Head of Art and Design at the college, said: “Students experienced a fabulous showcase of art and design sessions at the college, and got a taste of what it’s like to work in the creative industries. We’re very proud to be a Royal Opera House flagship college and joining together to put on events such as these for students.”

The ROH Design Challenge gives students the opportunity to 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: “Students were tried out 3D model making, costume design and graphic design. They met ROH apprentices, learnt about the work of a scenic artist and how to find work experience and apprenticeships in the creative industries. Award certificates went to Hannah Embury for Costume Design, from Wilmington Grammar School for Girls and Saule Piliponyte, for design from Hathaway Academy.”


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