Wake up and dream

Have you heard about Bristol University Theatre Collection’s latest project, putting on an exhibition and a series of related events to celebrate the completion of their cataloguing of the Oliver Messel Archive? One of these events is of particular interest to budding artists and designers. The workshop Oliver Messel – Artist, Maker, Magician to be held on the afternoon of 30 January looks at his creative work across the fields of theatre, ballet, opera, film, portraiture, mask-making, interior design, architecture, illustration and textiles, and will focus on exploring the physical act of ‘making’ that sits at the heart of all his practice. Participants will be invited to consider creative responses to original items such as costumes, designs, props, photographs and correspondence in whatever medium they choose. They’ll also have an opportunity to see the exhibition Wake Up and Dream – Oliver Messel: Theatre, Art and Society, which is on until April 2019.

The magic of Oliver Messel,  Image by James De Vries

The magic of Oliver Messel, Image by James De Vries

If you can’t get down to Bristol for the workshop, we have some material on set and costume design here in the Archives. Perhaps either or both might inspire your own creative work?