Created to honour a friend, collaborator and extraordinary designer

 

'Naomi Wilkinson changed the way we looked at design. Over a ten year period she was a close and wonderful collaborator, designing nine utterly unique worlds and helping us define our visual aesthetic. She provoked us, challenged us and inspired us to think differently. She never settled, constantly questioned and was always curious. We would love for the legacy of her work to give an exciting opportunity to an aspiring female visual imagination.’ Paul Hunter, Artistic Director of Told by an Idiot

 

The Naomi Wilkinson Award For Stage Design recognises an early career female designer with a unique visual imagination in memory of the late Naomi Wilkinson, a hugely talented and renowned theatre set and costume designer.

Recipients of the Naomi Wilkinson Award for Stage Design are given the opportunity to develop their craft in collaboration with Told by an Idiot and be employed to design a Told by an Idiot production. Design course leaders are asked to submit up to three female designers who have graduated in the previous two years whose portfolio, work and attitude suggest a particular affinity with Naomi Wilkinson’s methods and practice.

The recipient of the inaugural award was Ioana Curelea, who was given the opportunity of designing the set, props and costumes for The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel (2019-20).

 

"Receiving the Naomi Wilkinson Award is an incredible opportunity as an emerging young female stage designer and I am deeply honoured to have been selected as the recipient of this award. To have the chance of being a part of the work Told by an Idiot produces so early on in my career still feels a bit unreal, but I am suspending my disbelief and looking forward to collaborating and creating what I know will be an exciting and intriguing show." Ioana Curelea, Recipient of the Naomi Wilkinson Award for Stage Design 2019-20.

Ioana Curelea (recipient of the Naomi Wilkinson Award for Stage Design 2019) with Told by an Idiot Artistic Director Paul Hunter Ioana Curelea (recipient of the Naomi Wilkinson Award for Stage Design) with Patrick and Anthony Wilkinson, Designer Michael Vale, and Told by an Idiot co-founders Hayley Carmichael and Paul Hunter

The Naomi Wilkinson Award for Stage Design 2019 recipient Ioana Curelea with Told by an Idiot co-founders Paul Hunter and Hayley Carmichael,

Designer Michael Vale and Patrick and Anthony Wilkinson. 

Ioana Curelea's model box design for The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel

 

When the next Award is open for submissions, information will be shared on our Opportunities Page.

The Naomi Wilkinson Award for Stage Design is generously supported by the Charles Mason and Naomi Wilkinson Foundation. Without the support of Trusts and Foundations, we would be unable to give this opportunity to female designers at such a pivotal stage of their careers. If you would like to find out more, or if you would like to donate to the Award, please get in touch.