18 August - 31 May 2022


Tickets: FREE

Booking is now open for Eco-Scenography I: The Modelbox Library Project and Waste in Production Design with Max Dorey
Wednesday 18th August 2021


Skēnographia is a series of free online creative lectures, workshops and talks to showcase and engage with the broad and diverse range of voices and disciplines in the scenographic world. These will take place on a monthly basis, alternating creative workshops, lectures and practical talks.

This project marks a milestone in the growth of scenography education in Ireland, aiming to facilitate discussion, exploration and innovation as well as defining standards for visual rigour and best practices, along with the current necessities of design for performance.

It also aims to give voice to the often neglected behind-the-scenes sphere, from costume-makers to stage crew, making visible key information, new technologies and developments that are fundamental to the growth of scenography as an art form in Ireland.

Online masterclasses will be announced in the coming weeks and months, see details of the first workshop below.


Next Online Masterclass

Eco-Scenography I: The Modelbox Library Project and Waste in Production Design with Max Dorey
Wednesday 18th August 2021
7pm – 8:30pm (Virtual doors open at 6:30pm)

Modelboxes can be expensive, time consuming, and a source of frustration. Most end up getting trashed at some point after production, and those that don’t will spend 90% of their life unused.

Max Dorey’s idea for a library came about a while ago, during discussions among fellow designers, who often found that when working at fringe and smaller venues there would not be a model box made available by the theatre. Without it, it takes that much more time to get started on the design, and that much more money. Money which would be better spent getting to the actual design process itself, and would not be vastly complex.

Max Dorey’s creative masterclass will expand on his Modelbox Library project.


Max is a set designer, modelmaker and artist who trained at Bristol Old Vic theatre School following a degree in English literature and Theatre Studies at Leeds University. He was a Leverhulme trust trainee designer at the RSC and a Linbury Prize Finalist, and until recently was Graduate representative for the Society of British Theatre Designers, working to develop tools for Graduate and early year designers. In the last year he has started to focus his work on sculpture and art centred on themes of environment, climate change, and fantasy.


Upcoming Masterclasses

– Remote Lighting Design: Pre-plotting Shows with Sarah Jane Shiels & Eoin Mc Ninch
– Design Brainstorming/Practical Making with Ger Clancy
– 3D Projection Mapping Workshop with Conan McIvor
– Gesture Drawing with Niall Laverty

– Design Led Theatre with Aedín Cosgrove & Molly O’Cathain
– Eco Scenography & Sustainability with Max Dorey & Saileog O’Halloran
– ‘When are we getting the real thing? Props & The Abbey Theatre” with Eimer Murphy
– Diversity, Inclusivity, Intersectional Accessibility & Inclusive Aesthetics in Theatre Design with Aisling Byrne

– Financial advice and planning for freelance designers with Peter Daly
– Emerging Designer Advice, Mentorship, Fees & Residencies with Lian Bell & Cian O’Brien
– Self-care/Mental Health / Time Management skills as a freelancer , facilitated by Claire Meaney & Maeve Butler at Waterford Healing Arts


You can find the latest information about Project’s accessibility here. Please do not hesitate to contact us at access@projectartscentre.ie or call 01 8819 613 .


Producer: Noelia Ruiz
Co-producers: Catherine Fay, Katie Davenport, Sarah Foley


Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland with a Theatre Resource Development Scheme Award.
Presented in association with Project Arts Centre

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