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.
Along with Gate Alumni artists and designers Sandra Falase, Hazel Low, Kaajel Patel, Erin C. Guan and Amanda Ramasawmy, Rosie facilitated a space for the artists 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.
Here we present the result of these workshops. They 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.
Click below to explore the work of these 5 designers, offered here for free.
Central to this project is an urgent need to platform the work of those who are in the early stages of their careers affected by the pandemic. Designers who have had their first professional experiences at the Gate have gone on to design for stages across the UK and the world, and it is crucial that we are able to continue to support and nurture a representative emerging community of designers, who’s values, processes, and vision can shape the future of theatre making.
As a registered charity, we need your support to continue offering development opportunities like this to emerging designers, so they can reimagine the design process and develop their artistic practice, even while theatres are closed.
meet the designers
Sandra is part of Prayer Workshop
Sandra Falase is an interdisciplinary artist. As the 2018 recipient of the first design bursary awarded by MGCfutures, in conjunction with the Gate, they worked as the Assistant Designer on A Small Place. Other recent stage design work includes: J’Ouvert (Theatre503), This is Black (Bunker), Romeo & Juliet (Orange Tree).
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.
Hazel is part of Prayer Workshop
Hazel Low is a London based Theatre Designer and Illustrator. They are interested in creating work that challenges an audience’s expectations, and design that is intrinsically linked to the performers on stage. As a queer and gender non conforming person, Hazel is invested in creating work with collaborators who also identify as such.
Recent credits include:
As Designer: Belly Up Vault Festival (2020), Men Come Second Barons Court Theatre (2019), Memories Lyric Hammersmith and UK Tour (2019), Feels Lyric Hammersmith (2019), The Great Brain Robbery Presents: Tech Noir Standon Calling Festival (2018), An Exhibition in First Impressions The Place (2017), Delorean Assembly Rooms at Edinburgh Fringe (2017).
As Assistant Designer: Thirst Trap (2021), Trainers: Or The Brutal Unpleasant Atmosphere Of This Most Disagreeable Season The Gate (2020).
As Associate Designer: The Little Prince Clapham Omnibus (2019).
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.
Amanda is part of Prayer Workshop
Amanda is a London based artist who works across performance design, video and installation. A graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, she’s interested in how materiality and matter can hold memory and be used as a means to explore untold stories from marginalised communities, often as a way to induce healing. She has previously created work for Barbican Centre, Flat Time House and Art Night.