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Panerai London Design Medal: Es Devlin


Stage Designer Es Devlin was awarded the Panerai London Design Medal 2017. The Panerai London Design Medal is awarded to an individual who has distinguished themselves within the industry and demonstrated consistent design excellence.

Es Devlin is widely considered to be one of the world's foremost set designers. Her first works were for fringe in London, but her canvas was expanded to the National Theatre, Sadler's Wells, Royal Opera House, La Scala, and Wembley Stadium. She has created stage sets in collaboration with Beyonce, Kanye West, U2, Jay Z, Adele, as well as designing the London Olympic closing ceremony and the Rio Olympic opening ceremony.

Devlin studied music at the Royal Academy of Music from age 12 as a Junior Exhibitioner while attending Cranbrook School in Kent. She went on to gain a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature at Bristol University, writing her dissertation on the American poet Adrienne Rich. A fine art foundation course followed at Central St Martins College of Art and Design before she studied set design on the Motley Theatre Design Course in London under Percy Harris, Alison Chitty and Kandis Cook. While studying Devlin worked as a stagehand for Le Cirque Invisible – the circus created by Victoria Chaplin and Jean-Baptiste Thierrée. She also assisted the artist Damien Hirst on Agongo, an installation at the Richard de Marco Gallery in Edinburgh in 1992.

Devlin has created kinetic stage sculptures in collaboration with artists including Kanye West and Beyonce, as well as installations at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Art Basel and the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony. Her work has been awarded three Olivier Awards, she is a fellow of University of the Arts London, and was awarded the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's 2015 New Year Honours.

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