The Linbury Prize for Stage Design, founded by Lady Anya Sainsbury in 1987 as a springboard for recent graduates from theatre design courses around the UK, offers 12 graduating designers an opportunity to win a professional commission.
It gives applicants an unparalleled opportunity to work with professional arts companies and to collaborate with writers, directors and technical teams at a crucial stage in their careers. Previous winners include some of the most important stage designers working today, including Tim Hatley, Anthony Ward and Vicki Mortimer.
The exhibition will showcase the work of the twelve finalists, who have worked with four production companies: The Royal Court, The Lyric Theatre Belfast, Nuffield Theatre Southampton and The Traverse Theatre Edinburgh.
Four of the twelve finalists will win a commission to realise their designs with the participating companies, and one designer is awarded the overall winner's title.
On the judging panel this year are renowned designers Sophie Jump, Tom Piper and Tom Scutt.