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Scenic Art Apprentice: Peter Nehemiah Scott

Man in NT scenic art workshop

Scenic Art Apprentice: Peter Nehemiah Scott

2019 - present

Why did you apply for an apprenticeship?

I applied for an apprenticeship because I loved the hands-on approach creative apprenticeships offer, and I believe it is a great opportunity to be able to learn on the job, while earning a salary.
 

What new skills have you learned during your time at the NT so far?

I have learned a lot of new skills during my time at the NT; skills & techniques such as creating concrete, marble and tiled floors, wood graining, tree making, and have further developed both my painting and drawing skills.
 

What has been the most exciting show/project you’ve worked on?

The most exciting show I have worked on at the NT is definitely The Visit as I was heavily involved in this set, and even created two tree stumps which the two main actors sat on for one of the most pivotal scenes in the play.
 

What has it been like to help the NT to adapt during this unique time in its history?

The most recent project I have worked on at the NT was a personal project, where I created an aged Victorian styled tiled floor. I was able to choose my own design for this piece, which really added to the enjoyment of this project.

It has been a pleasure to help the NT be as safe as possible in such unique times. It is one of my greatest achievements at the NT so far to be able to help in the creation of a seating bank to transform the Olivier Theatre into the round for a socially distanced audience.

What has been your biggest challenge so far?

My biggest challenge at work has been colour blending when painting. This has proven a challenge to me prior to this apprenticeship and avoiding the need to blend at work is near impossible. However, the scenic art team is full of great teachers who have helped me develop this skill.
 

What advice would you give to someone considering applying for an apprenticeship?

I would advise to apply for one; creative apprenticeships allow opportunities to see what working life would be like, if it is something they’d want to do, or not. Apprenticeships are also very enjoyable, very hands on and allow for you to learn on the job, and away from the job.
 

Do you think it is important that the NT offers apprenticeships?

I do believe that it is very important that the NT offers apprenticeships, as there are a lot of behind the scene and stage roles that I was never aware of growing up.

But the NT offering apprenticeships in these areas will tackle this ignorance. I am genuinely taken aback when I consider the life changing opportunity I have been given and the great company I am a part of. I’m sure that will be the case for any future apprentices as well.
 

What do you hope for the future once you have finished your course?

In the future, I hope to put all the great skills I have learnt during my time at the NT; to use at the NT, or elsewhere.