Profile

 

Lucy Algar  Artist – Designer – Educator

This website shows just a sample of my work – for more information and images please contact me at lucy@lucyalgar.com

I gained my BA (Hons) Theatre Design in 1988 and then in 2010 my MA Art and Design in Education. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. My work encompasses design for performance, both theatre and TV, and site-specific installation artwork. I have created a variety of public art installations, primarily for hospitals and also exhibited installation work in galleries. My CV gives further details of the broad mix of my art and design practice.

Since August 2013 I have been teaching at Wimbledon College of Arts, (WCA) University of the Arts London where I am the Course Leader for BA Theatre Design. This course is part of the Theatre and Screen Programme which also includes Costume Design, Costume Interpretation, Technical Arts and Special Effects and Set Design for Screen. The WCA Theatre Design course has a long and fascinating history and it is incredibly exciting and rewarding to work with the talented WCA students and staff. The final year Theatre Design students work on independent and collaborative projects. For their collaborative projects this year they are working with directors from East 15 Drama School and choreographers from Middlesex University and London Contemporary Dance School.

I taught design (Costume Design, Scenography & Installation Art) in the Drama department at Royal Holloway, University of London from September 2010 – June 2013. Whilst at RHUL I also taught on other courses including MA Directing, MA Applied Theatre, Physical Theatre and Black and Asian Theatre. Teaching has always been an integral and very enjoyable part of my work and I am fascinated by the crossover of ideas between teaching and practice.  My recent use of drawing as a core part of my set and costume design teaching encouraged me to reconsider its central role in my own work.

I rely on drawing to help me explore and understand place, space and the body in relation to performance, both as designer and director My ongoing enthusiasm for, and research into, drawing has led me to encourage a variety of other practitioners, including doctors and dancers, to engage with drawing as productive process. I hope in turn that my findings will feed back into all areas of my practice and teaching.