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National Theatre - free exhibitions (preview)

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AS WELL as the permanent exhibition Stage by Stage, the National Theatre hosts a changing programme of exhibitions throughout the year. Three are planned for the coming months.

The Linbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design Exhibition 2007 – from November 10 to December 8.

The Linbury Biennial is Britain’s leading prize for stage design. This year it celebrates 20 years of discovering and supporting young stage designers. The exhibition at the National Theatre will display the work of 12 of the best young emerging designers.

Each exhibit is designed to a brief composed by one of the four Linbury commissioning companies – Hampstead Theatre, Headlong Theatre, Tricycle Theatre, and The Opera Group. The four winning designers will each be awarded a professional design commission with one of these companies, plus an overall winner will be selected.

Dazzle 2007/8 – Europe’s Leading Jewellery Exhibition and Dazzle in Stitches – from November 17, 2007 to January 12, 2008.

Featuring contemporary jewellery for both men and women by 76 major designers from all over the world, and showing over 3,000 pieces, this celebrated annual showcase is now in its 27th year. This year, an exciting selection of contemporary embroidered images will also be on view, as five of the UK’s leading names fill the walls at the Dazzle exhibition. All work is for sale.

Arts Spaces of the Future – from January 11 to February 16, 2008.

With the development of digital technology, new forms of visual art have emerged and there are pressures on performance spaces to be more flexible to allow amateur and professional artists to sit side by side and to house different activities in one building.

In September 2007, RIBA London and Arts Council England launched a competition to explore how today’s architects might respond to the challenge of creating arts spaces – spaces that reflect the changing lifestyles and expectations of audiences, new and changing art forms, the need to address climate change issues and the move towards more flexible buildings. This exhibition shows the award-winners.

Stage by Stage

The exhibition, on permanent display in the Olivier Circle Gallery, tells the National’s story from 1848 to the present day and includes nearly 200 photographs and illustrations.