The Arena Theatre is a unique venue in the heart of Wolverhampton that presents a wide range of theatre, music, dance and comedy. Its multi-disciplinary space caters for a broad range of activities ranging from intimate music sessions to creative dance workshops.
Yve Houghton, fashion and textiles lecturer, told us: “The students wanted their re-designs to add a contemporary freshness to the area. With a rich and diverse history rooted in the industrial heartlands of the West Midlands, Wolverhampton is an ever-evolving creative urban melting pot.
“As part of this eclectic landscape the Arena Theatre provides a creative platform for social and cultural diversity in a contemporary and vibrant setting. With this in mind, the Fashion and Textiles department devised a bespoke colour palette to provide a sense of continuity and cohesion for the work and students were invited to submit design ideas for individual cushions.”
Approximately 70 designs were submitted for consideration. Arena Theatre director, Neil Reading, and his team then visited the department to judge the submissions.
Neil told us: “We were delighted with the quality and quantity of submissions and the highly professional approach of the students. Not to mention the sheer effort that has gone in to producing the work to a very tight deadline. The selection of the final twenty designs was very difficult, but after much debate and deliberation final selections were made.”
The fashion and textiles department is now working flat out on transforming the designs into commercially ready artwork for the printers; the new cushions will be delivered to the Arena in mid-May.
We’ll be providing an update on the progress of this project in our next newsletter, so watch this space.