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Andrea Carr [She/Her]

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B.A Hons (1st) Theatre Design Nottingham Trent University, M.A Slade School of Art

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Art, Design, Ecology, Process Orientated Psychology, Swimming

Location

UK/England

Can you tell us something about yourself?

I have worked across a broad spectrum of the performing arts, bringing vitality to ecological and social themes. My work has been included in the UK representation of the World Stage Design Exhibition Taipei, in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology Future Now, and in the ‘Designers Lead’ section of the Society of British Theatre Designers (SBTD) 2019 – 2020 exhibition at the V&;A London. My eco-design remit is to re-purpose objects, use surplus materials and commit to a closed-loop design process. Embracing chance along the way, my work often distils into designs that move between art installations and immersive environments. I am a student of Process Orientated Psychology and work from my Peckham Studio. In 2015 I co-founded Ecostage Pledge with Tanya Beer and Alice Hault as an initial way to bring people together and talk about ecological practices within the industry.

What was the turning point when you became ecologically aware and decided to take action?

I first became ecologically aware as a young person, influenced by the litter recycling Wombles, a popular British Children’s TV. It has always been natural for me to re-envision found objects, using what I could find and my practice has grown out of this ‘world of play’. At university, studying Theatre Design in Nottingham, we were encouraged, because budgets were tight to be inventive. Now no longer the remit of smaller theatres, this ethos is becoming our new way of being. I therefore feel naturally placed to not only continue with my practice but also to help others see the potential of The 7 R’s - reuse, refuse, reduce, recycle and how this can lead to - rethinking, reimagining and reinventing our future.

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