A 10 week workshop for early career designers with Gate Associate Artist Rosie Elnile
Following the success of Prayer, Gate Associate Artist Rosie Elnile held almost 9 hours of workshops over 3 weeks during 2020. In these workshops, Rosie wanted to create a space of mutual support and non-outcome based creation for early career designers.
We’re thrilled that the success of these workshops has enabled us to secure funding to run 2 more of these workshop programmes, in Autumn 2021 and March 2022. The 10 week workshop will explore set and costume design in relation to spatial politics, sustainability and process based iterative design. Using a range of source materials including films, music and text we will have weekly conversations and tutorials, thinking about our practices as artists and make individual design lead works that will be shared in a digital exhibition at the end of the 10 weeks.
This course is intended for designers who want to expand their practice and think critically about how scenography can help us engage with the present and build new personal scenographic languages. It will be a supportive and gentle environment where we can hopefully expand what feels possible in our field and nurture your own creative ambitions.
Find out about the designers who have taken part in previous series’ of the Prayer Workshops and explore their work by following the links below.
PRAYER WORKSHOP 2020
The Prayer Workshops in 2020 gave 5 Gate Alumni Designers the opportunity to create self-initiated work, to reimagine what design could be, and to consider what they need it to be. The use of digital platforms to self publish has made space for intimate design-led works, which speak to what it has meant to create work over the past year. The designers were Sandra Falase, Hazel Low, Kaajel Patel, Erin C. Guan and Amanda Ramasawmy. The results of the workshops are varied and personal. They are not about making shiny finished pieces. They are about exploration. They are about discussion. They are fragmented and fragile. The process is the point.
Erin is part of Prayer Workshop
Erin is a London-based set and costume designer and interactive installation designer from China. She has a strong interest in interdisciplinary theatre and performance making and she works across installations, plays, musicals, dance, digital theatre, devised theatre. Erin’s digital artwork specialises in digital art Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality experiences. Her VR installations Chamber404 is exhibited in Ars Electronica 2020 x Interactive Architecture Lab, Bartlett School of Architecture. Her recent theatre projects include, The House Never Wins (Kill The Cat Theatre), Freedom Hi, Asian Pirate Musical (PaperGang Theatre), devising interactive performance Money Funny Sunny (Cheeky Chin TC), touring musical Tokyo Rose (Burnt Lemon Theatre). She has also worked as an assistant designer to on Faces In The Crowd (Gate Theatre) Does Her Bomb Look Big In This (Soho Theatre), Summer Roll (Park Theatre) and so on.
Kaajel is part of Prayer Workshop
Kaajel Patel is a London based visual artist, set desinger, dancer & actor. She is trained in Bollywood & Indian Classical dance & is in the professional dance troupe Bollyfemme. Kaajel also works as a theatre and film set designer, teaches painting classes with Brush & Bubbles, and moonlights as a cabaret performer with her all asian drag family The Bitten Peach.
Prayer Workshop is supported by: