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Exhibitions in miniature: a model-making masterclass

Weekend art making course

Short course

  • 1 October 2022, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 2 October 2022, 10.30am — 4.30pm

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Join set designer Sabine Theunissen for a weekend exploring the minute architecture of the cardboard model, inspired by the RA’s exhibition of works by her longtime collaborator, William Kentridge RA.

Please note: this is an on-site event only

In a world becoming increasingly digital, the cardboard model prevails. Sabine Theunissen shows how the physical model can be used as a way of thinking through architecture and design; of discovering space, and inviting people into that space.

Drawing on theatre, film and the visual arts, this weekend masterclass invites participants to create their own miniature world. Sabine will take participants on a journey through the process of exhibition and set design; from a venue’s architecture to the physical and sensory journey of its visitors. Participants will learn to balance creativity with the rules and calculations involved, formulating their own creative equations, and translating these into their designs.

The masterclass will include an exclusive visit to the multi-sensory exhibition William Kentridge, which will serve as inspiration for participants to create their own cardboard journey.

Course tutor Sabine Theunissen studied architecture in Brussels before embarking on a career in the design office at the Royal Theatre of la Monnaie. She has designed numerous sets and exhibitions, working globally from the Opera de Dijon to the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona. She has also taught globally, from Stockholm University to the Centre for the Less Good Idea (Johannesburg).

Sabine has been collaborating with William Kentridge since their meeting in 2003. Their first collaboration was Magic Flute, at the Royal Theatre of La Monnaie (2005). Since then, she has designed sets for his opera productions including The Nose (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, 2010), Refusal of Time (Documenta XIII, Kassel 2012) and The Head and the Load (Tate Modern London, Ruhr Triennale, Armory NY 2018, Holland Festival 2019). She has also designed a number of Kentridge’s art installations and exhibitions worldwide.

Minimum age 18.

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  • 1 October 2022, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 2 October 2022, 10.30am — 4.30pm

The Clore Learning Centre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£420. Includes all materials.

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