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NT Free Exhibitions - July to November 2011

Exhibition preview

AS WELL as the permanent exhibition Stage by Stage, the National Theatre hosts a changing programme of free exhibitions throughout the year.

The Press Photographer’s Year 2011 – July 18 to September 4.

The Press Photographer’s Year is unique: the only competition that showcases the outstanding photography commissioned for and used in the UK media.

Designed by photographers for photographers, and judged by their peers, it celebrates the unsung art of seeing through the chaos to capture that one still moment which defines an entire news event.

With a thought-provoking collection of images from 2010, The Press Photographer’s Year returns to the National Theatre for a sixth year and is held in association with The British Press Photographers’ Association and supported by Diageo and Canon.

Jonathan Miller – September 12 to October 23.

Running alongside Jonathan Miller’s extraordinary career in revue, television, the theatre and opera has been a fascination with the visual arts.

As a practitioner, Miller has concentrated on assemblages – of discarded metal, which he beats and welds into sculpture, or of old and tattered posters, which he photographs, or reconstitutes as montages.

“I’m interested in the overlooked and the negligible,” he says, “where some of the most interesting breakthroughs in art and science come from.”

As an interpreter, Miller has frequently used the imagery of celebrated artists as a backdrop to his directorial work. This exhibition will explore both aspects of this fertile preoccupation.

The Linbury Prize – October 31 to November 27.

The Linbury Prize for Stage Design is one of UK’s most important awards for stage design, and a unique opportunity for graduating designers to work with leading directors and gain a professional commission with one of four major companies.

This year, they are Lyric Hammersmith and Filter Theatre, The Opera Group, Royal Opera House – ROH2 and Watermill Theatre. The prize is a turning-point in the careers of young designers.

All the finalists’ designs are exhibited at the National Theatre. For more information visit the Website.