19 February 2024

Students Showcase Royal Opera House Challenge Work at Star Brewery Gallery

2023 Royal Opera House Design Challenge Winner, Sam Howard

East Sussex College Lewes students studying Art & Design, once again take centre stage at the prestigious Royal Opera House Design Challenge Exhibition, hosted at the Star Brewery Gallery.

From Tuesday 12th March to Sunday 17th March, the Star Brewery Gallery in Lewes is hosting an exhibition including captivating creations from budding artists and designers at East Sussex College.

This year's Royal Opera House Design Challenge exhibition is particularly special as it revolves around Rossini's timeless opera, ‘The Barber of Seville’. Students enrolled in the Art & Design Extended Diploma programme at East Sussex College’s Lewes campus have poured their talents into crafting submissions across Marketing Strategy & Design, Costume Design, and Set Design pathways.

The Royal Opera House Design Challenge is not just any competition; it's a platform where dreams meet reality. Over 40 schools and colleges nationwide participate annually, presenting students with a rare opportunity to engage with live briefs and real clients. For East Sussex College students, it's a chance to shine on one of the world's most prestigious stages.

The significance of this event transcends its artistic dimension. It's a testament to the college's commitment to nurturing talent and fostering creativity. Through projects like these, students test and develop their marketing, production, and creative design skills in a real-world context.

East Sussex College boasts an impressive track record in the competition, with students consistently winning accolades and commendations for their imaginative responses and outstanding outcomes. Over the past decade, the college has secured at least one winner in one of the five competition categories, a testament to the calibre of talent nurtured within its walls.

To further support the students, members of the public are invited to participate by filling out a short questionnaire and voting for their favourite pieces of work. The "best in show" will receive the honour of a private view on Sunday 17th March, followed by the reopening of the exhibition to the public.

A selection of the finest works will be submitted to the Royal Opera House Design Challenge, where students await the verdict later this Spring.