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Balance 2019: Entering the Industry

Every year our graduating Design for Performance students exhibit their incredible work in Cardiff and at the Bargehouse in London.

This year was one of the largest Balance exhibitions with over 40 exhibitors.

“Balance celebrates the moment that the exhibitors enter the industry,” says Director of Drama Sean Crowley.

“It’s a focus for employers to meet first hand a new generation of design practitioners.

It’s a great way for the students to complete their training – the BA students receive their final degree classification the day after we open, while they’re exhibiting in the heart of London, between the National Theatre and the Tate Modern.”

Balance 2019 work from graduates Yuki Saluma, Elliot Ditton and Georgia Hill

From concept illustrations to fully fleshed-out theatre props, Balance 2019 showcases the finest work from the next generation of theatre designers to industry professionals, offering  ideal networking opportunities, and acting as a platform to launch our graduates’ new careers.

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Curating the exhibition is always a huge, collaborative effort from all of our Design students, who were responsible for organising and installing Balance both at the College and in London.

Clare Marie Johnson describes how working on Balance brought networking opportunities and a chance to talk about her work with industry, while also developing her resilience:

“I learned to work in a group and how to deal with different personalities and not be scared of jumping into a task I hadn’t done before.

I’ve learned that if something needs to happen it will, and not to worry. I also loved what I exhibited and was proud to talk about it to those beyond College.”

Following graduation, Clare has a placement with RWCMD graduate and puppeteer Max Humphries after her cat puppet caught his attention at Balance. Clare has also sold her first painting at the exhibition.

See our social media gallery below which tells the story of Balance 2019.

Clare Marie Johnson’s attention-grabbing cat puppet on display at Balance in London

Find out more about our Balance Exhibition here and our Design for Performance course here.

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