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Playing with Scale: How Designers Use Set Models

A piece of white card, on top of a grid-marked cutting board, with the words Playing with Scale drawn on in pencil

Playing with Scale: How Designers Use Set Models

From 8 November
Wolfson Gallery, Open Mon – Sat

Talks and Events

The Model as Performance: Staging Space in Theatre and Architecture Tue 20 November, 6pm
Exhibition Insight with Curator Eleanor Margolies Sat 1 December, 11.30am
How Designers use Model Boxes Mon 10 December, 6pm
Out of the Model Box: stories inspired by set models Sat 2 March, 12pm
Model Box Making Workshop Sat 2 March, 2pm
Drawing Set Designs with the NT Drawing Office Thu 21 March, 6pm

Free download to accompany the exhibition

Thinking in 3D (pdf 1MB)

This free exhibition explores how designers use set models for theatre-making. Playing with Scale unfolds the idea of a scale model and explains the importance of models as a design tool. The exhibition features examples of models from five productions designed for the Olivier stage between 1977-2018 and explores how these intricate models are used in the process of theatre making. Production models include Exit the King, Antony and Cleopatra, The Life of Galileo, Antigone and The Comedy of Errors.

The exhibition includes archive materials, films, audio, images and set models. The exhibition is curated by Eleanor Margolies, who has been the Jocelyn Herbert Fellow of Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Graduate School, University of the Arts London, and is designed by Jemima Robinson. This exhibition is the outcome of the Jocelyn Herbert Fellowship (2016-18) and forms part of a collaboration between the National Theatre and Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon. The exhibition is funded in part by the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation.