PhD student wins World Stage Design award

David Shearing, Research Associate in Scenography, was selected as one of 100 finalists from an entry of over 700 international designers to present his work at World Stage Design 2013

David Shearing with Sean Crowley, World Stage Design 2013 Project Leader. Photographer Simon Gough


Held every four years, and staged in the UK for the first time, the event included a major exhibition and performances at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. At this global celebration of excellence in scenography, David’s work was recognised by the international jury who awarded him the prize for best Installation Design. 

David presented his designs for ‘and it all comes down to this…’ a performance installation presented in 2012 as part of his practice-led PhD which examines the nature of audience immersion and the experience of scenography.

The project was developed with Arts Council funding and with support through the stage@leeds PAD (Professional Artist Development) programme. Two BA Performance Design gradates Chloë Jayne Oldridge (2011) and Laura Price (2012) were employed as design assistants in the making of the project.

This prestigious award at World Stage Design in an inaugural category recognises the importance of design-led experience in the public sphere and helps to position David’s practice and research into scenographic experience as world-leading.

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