Works with Music A Retrospective exhibition
Linbury Gallery Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama,
Castle Grounds, Cathays Park, Cardiff. CF10 3ER
Central Academy of Drama, Beijing, China
The exhibition is curated by Xiaoyuan Hou and is a collaboration with Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff Wales where I am currently International Chair in Drama.
I feel extremely honoured to have been invited by the Central Academy of Drama Beijing to have this wonderfully curated retrospective exhibition of my works as Director/Scenographer (Visual Theatre Artist). In this beautiful White Space, where in 2017 with design students of CAD we made a wonderful immersive event The Metaphysical World of Macbeth. I asked for my work, which is always with music, to be displayed on music stands. I like people to be able to touch and feel my work, which is good for visitors who are sometimes in wheelchairs or with sight impairments, and they can enjoy the work as others do. Each of the productions are shown in separate areas of The White Space, and each space is playing recordings or in some cases films of the productions. My practice is to use every production I do as a chance to experiment with different materials and surfaces to work on. For example the characters for The Marriage are painted onto the backs of Brown Paper carrier bags from Wholefoods Supermarkets in Pittsburg, CA USA which is where I started this project. By contrast, The Greek Passion (a great grand opera by Czech Composer Bohuslav Martinu) drawings are made on cardboard, covered in plasticine, and then scraped away with pins, knives, needles, and anything else that I found could make a mark. The Greek Passion was presented in the 11th Century citadel overlooking the sea in Thessaloniki, Northern Greece, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was an unforgettable experience. By contrast, my paintings for Bizet’s famous Opera Carmen were inspired by passing Halfords on the Portfield Retail Estate, Chichester that were offering Chamois leather car cleaning cloths 3 for the price of 2. I looked at them and fell in love with the feel and texture of the cloths that made me think of the dry hills of Andalusia, Spain where I have been many times. The cloths were all different shapes which allowed me to easily draw and paint responding to the form of the cloths. The exhibition also celebrates the translation into Chinese by Professor Lu Ning of the 3rd edition of my book “What is Scenography?
Images from 2021 exhibition
Contents of the exhibition
The New Jerusalem Performed at Stansted House Hampshire
The Marriage Opera by Bohuslav Martinu. National Janaćek Opera BRNO
Carmen Opera by Georges Bizet National Opera Ljubljana, Slovenia
Charlotte - a Tri-coloured Play with Music Produced by Theaturtle, Toronto 2013 -1019 including a world tour ending at the Prague National Opera (Nova Scena)
The Ballad of the Cosmo Café 2019 London Insiders/outsiders Festival
The Adventures of Mr Brouček to the Moon (Opera by Leõs Janáček) National Opera Brno CZ
Sarlatan workshop to stage this as a Chamber Opera Royal Scottish Conservatoire of Music, Glasgow Scotland.
Virtual tour of 2021 exhibition
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October 23rd - November 7th 2018
Installation / Exhibition showing work as Director / Visual Theatre Artist
East Stroudsburg University Gallery, New York USA
Curator Yoshi Tanokura
In order to create a successful scenography, one must constantly cross one discipline to the other – painting to sculpture, directing to psychology, business to advertisement, storytelling to biography. In early 2000, Professor Howard made one of the most significant crossovers in her life – designer to director. Her remarkable cross over from a stage designer to a director is the result of the principles and practices of scenography – finding creative solutions through drawing to the challenges of space and text – which she has been nurturing throughout her career.
The drawings in the exhibit illustrate how Professor Howard transforms her ideas—from painting to sculpture; directing to psychology; business to advertisement; biography to storytelling. To accurately convey her thoughts, Professor Howard combines diverse media and techniques with found and repurposed materials which provide Professor Howard with the absolutely right feeling for a project. As she draws a character or scene, Professor Howard adds a layer of personal history and experience and brings the drawing to life.
This exhibit features some recent works – Carmen (2015) at National Opera of Slovenia in Ljubljana; The Excursion of Mr. Brouček to the Moon (2010) at National Theatre in Brno, Czech Republic; Charlotte – A Tri-Coloured Play with Music (2017) at The Theatre Center in Toronto, Canada, and The New Jerusalem.
Funded by ESU’s Faculty Development & Research grants program, this exhibit provides ESU students and faculty with a tremendous opportunity to learn about scenography and its practical application from these drawings and from a virtuoso of scenography, Professor Pamela Howard, OBE herself.
Images from ‘Crossing Over’ 2018
August 31st 2018
A Touch on the Times
7 notable Theatre Artists Connected through OISTAT
Their Art Speaks Louder than Words
A Touch on the Times is a large hand drawn artwork in old-fashioned pen and Indian ink and watercolours on hot pressed watercolour paper. It was produced for the OISTAT@50 celebrations hosted by Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. The drawing is adapted from Thomas Rowlandson’s satiric drawing , but substituting famous figures who were part of the Organisation Internationale des Scenographes, Techniciens et Architectes de théâtre that was an offshoot of the Unesco initiative The international Theatre Institute started in 1948 under the directorship of Julian Huxley to mend cultural bridges that had been broken after the 2nd World War. In 1968 the Scenographic Commission of ITI became an autonomous organisation and was for many years the organiser of the Prague Quadrennial, which in turn became an autonomous organisation. All this simply demonstrates the importance of artists working together and creating events. My drawing shows simply 7 people who are no longer with us, but who I knew, and whose legacy lives on. In the speaking bubbles are quotes I noted from conversation and discussions. I am the small person sitting on a very large Chair and on the steps are the early aims of OISTAT that are as relevant today as they were in 1968.
June 18th - July 2nd 2018
‘The Art of Pamela Howard’
Bakrushkin State Central Theatre Museum: Moscow
Curator Igor Roussanoff
2017 - 2018
Charlotte - a Tri-Coloured Play with Music
A travelling exhibition of the drawings created for this production, with references to Charlotte’s visions of her remembered past.
The Living Museum (Contextual Research for Charlotte- A Tri-Coloured Play with Music) at World Stage Design 2017
Images from World Stage Design 2017
March 22nd - April 21st 2016
An installation showing 6 works with music, created since 2005 as Director/Scenographer, and in response to Sir Peter Cook’s architecture in this innovative new building
Venue The Drawing Studio (the Gallery)
Arts University Bournemouth, Wallisdown, Poole, Dorset BH12 5HH
01202 533 011
Curator Rebecca Pride email@example.com
Publication Drawing Theatre (Published 2016)
By Text+Work, The Gallery, Arts University Bournemouth
Editors Rebecca Pride and Violet McClean
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Images from Drawing Theatre Exhibition
2 - 8
February 13th - March 13th 2016
The Metal Collages by Ralph Koltai CBE
Constructed from found objects on his farm in France, this exhibition also co-incides with Koltai’s designs for 3 new productions at Welsh National Opera in their Figaro Forever season
Curator Pamela Howard
Venue The Linbury Gallery
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Castle Grounds, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3ER
September 23rd - October 29th 2015
Staging the Artwork
A Group exhibition of national and international artists. The first in a series of exhibition-events investigating aspects of ‘theatre’ and it’s influence on artwork both in display and context.
Curator Mona Casey Mona.firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue Birmingham School of Art, (Birmingham City University)
Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BX
March 19th - July 19th 2015
Paintings on Chamois leather skins of characters for the production at the National Opera and Ballet, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Venue National Opera Ljubljana, Slovenia
The exhibition featured a selection of the most innovative and ground breaking designs for performance from across the world. ‘The Spirit of Broucek’ was exhibition finalist
Venue Cardiff, Wales
March - June 2012
The Art of Chichester Festival Theatre - A Celebration
To mark the 50th anniversary of Chichester Festival Theatre – an interactive exhibition/installation including works by Peter Rice, Michael Annals, Carl Toms, Stefan Lazarides, Ralph Koltai, Pamela Howard (Merchant of Venice and Terra Nova) Anthony Powell, Patrick Procktor. And many others associated with the birth of the theatre.
Venue Pallant House Gallery:
9, North Pallant, Chichester. West Sussex PO19 1TJ
The image is an imagined recollection of the opening
of the theatre in 1962.
© Pamela Howard 2011
Giclee print commissioned by Pallant House Gallery
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Part of the the additional programme of Prague Quadrennial 2011.
La Fabrika is a unique location in Prague. A former factory in Holešovice, Prague 7 it has been semi converted into a thriving International Arts Centre by its owner Richard Balous. Studio 2 is the unreconstructed factory space, full of atmosphere. The adjacent Gallery is a modern clean well designed art space. La Fabrika is a music and performance venue in Studio 1, as well as a cinema, café, cyber centre and meeting place.
In Studio 2 “The Marriage” an interactive installation of 1000 vintage objects created for the performances in 2010 of the chamber opera by Bohuslav Martinů at the Mozart Sal, Reduta Theatre (National Opera Janáček Theatre Brno CZ). Visitors were able to walk through the installation, open cupboards, the fridge, read letters and imagine how the characters, Russian emigres, may have lived in New York in 1950.
The Story of the Wall
“The Story of the Wall” is an artefact taken from the Tricycle Theatre London’s highly successful production of The Great Game 2009/2010 and USA tour 2010/2011. It was conceived for the Society of British Theatre Designers exhibition in Cardiff in March 2011 to respond to the theme “Transformation and Revelation”. It shows how the principal scenographic element - a wall 5 metres high x 13 metres wide built on a simple hydraulic system transformed from an exterior wall to an Afghan Poppy field, following the content of the 12½ hour specially commissioned plays that made up The Great Game. The Carousel was inspired by a photo of an Afghan child in a destroyed landscape going to a fairground and playing with a miniature diorama. Each stage of the Wall is held between the points of a Red Soviet Star, which sits on top of a golden Pentagon. The viewer can turn the carousel. A central pole is painted in the Nuristani style and depicts the life cycle of the poppy, and the carousel stands on a base depicting an Afghan landscape as if seen from the air. It is entirely constructed out of found and discarded materials.
Carousel 1:25 The Story of the Wall (from ‘The Great Game’Tricycle Theatre London).
The carousel © Maylan Thomas
Afgan landscape © Maylan Thomas
The wall © Maylan Thomas
The taliban whitewash © Maylan Thomas
The wall becomes a projection © Maylan Thomas
September 11th 2001 © Maylan Thomas
Poppies always come back © Maylan Thomas
The story of the wall montagé
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© Maylan Thomas
© Maylan Thomas
© Maylan Thomas
The Taliban whitewash
© Maylan Thomas
The wall becomes a projection
© Maylan Thomas
September 11th 2001
© Maylan Thomas
Poppies always come back
© Maylan Thomas
The story of the wall montagé
Photographs of installation and gallery by:
Maylan Thomas, Krystof Kris, Fred Meller
Richard Balous and Staff at La Fabrika, Komunardů 30, Holesovice Prague 7; Staff and Technicians from Naródni Divadlo Brno; Academy of Performing Arts (DAMU) Prague; National Theatre Prague; Monica Bastos and the team of volunteers from DAMU and elsewhere; Stan Mädl; British Council Prague; British National Exhibition (for Transport); Tomás Pilař
Le Phénoméne Martinů
Venue The National Museum, Prague - The Czech Museum of Music, Prague - Czech Republic
125 years of the Victoria and Albert Museum London
“What does the V&A mean to you?”
Fine Art Print and inclusion in commemorative book of 125 Artists